Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – Hip Muscles

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the anatomical terminology for hip muscles.


Learn the anatomical terminology and function of hip muscles including anterior muscles (hip flexors and quadriceps), medial muscles (adductors), posterior muscles (hamstrings, glutes) and lateral muscles (rotators).


Describe the functional categories that describe types of hip muscles. Explain the location, function and names of anterior, posterior, medial and lateral hip muscles. List the muscles that make up the hamstrings and those that make up the adductors, the glueteals and the abductors. Describe a potential outcome of tight hamstrings. Explain the location, number, function and best known of the lateral rotators. Describe what strengthens lateral rotators and the potential outcome of a tight piriformis.

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