Yoga Anatomy: David Keil Review

Reviewing David Keil… Quite a pleasure

Great DVD

The First DVD

I found First DVD very informative and an in-depth resource for any practitioner or teacher that would like to dig deeper into what is happening inside the body.

Anatomy –the subject- is dry by itself but David manages to make it pleasant and interesting.

In my first impresion and doing what nobody should ever do, which is judging by the cover, I thougth that the DVD would be full of jokes, but it was not, it is very serious, and only has the ocassional touch. (The skull’s brain is empty).

It is a lentghty work -both DVDs- meant to be watched and watched again.

David points to just the way it is with yoga, anatomy has many components that could be perceived as separated and isolated but this is never the case, we always need to all together.The first DVD has some basic orientation terminology “distal and proximal”, “lateral and medial”, “rotation” etc, which comes with a solid explanation and demo so that it can be understood.  Every component builds from then on.  He then goes on to explain the basics of anatomy and the functioning.

proximal keil Names That Give us Some Basic Coordinates

  • distal
  • proximal
  • lateral,
  • medial,
  • rotation, etc.

When Two Bones come Together There is a Joint

(a) How to name joints made easier bone = letter O plus bone
(b) Humorous plus plus OnaMuskeloskeletal –
(c) Neurovascular –  bundle of arteries
(d) Illio tiba – band of connected

The Systems

(a) skeletal system

skeletal(b) connective tissue

connective tissue
(c) msucular system

(d) nervous system

nervous system
and how they work together at all times.

The caartelige. And…

All of the ribs connect to the chest bone by cartelige and also the spine by the disks which is cartelige
cenobial oints are the most usual, all the nes in the hand, elbows,they have a capsule inside the capsure a membrane called senovial membrane that makes the fluid that makes fluid and carries nutrients.

The Second DVD

Starts wit hthe psoas, which uround the center of gravity and controls our center of movement, why they are included as what is called the “core” (psoas, abodminal muscles etc)


It is the most important muscle in the body distantce, suppoert from T12 to the top of the femur.

A large chapter that talks about back pain, disks herniation.  And ideas on how to treat back pain, two camps strenghten the abodminal muscles, another camp says release the abdominal muscles.  But everyone should be treated as an individual and discuss the reasons that brought it up.
He believes that the releasing of the abdominal muscles may help thos that sit for most of the day as these tssues shrtern and the ribs and ubic bone become cloer together, then thre is constantly a compression f the vertebrae. reestablish the lumbar curve… has a good example

The diaprhagm 1/8 of an inch thick, does not attach from one bone to another but rather attaches onto itself.

Simple breaths with 3 counts for inhale exhale then 4 then 5 to increase the lung capacity and playing with the edges of the inhalation stertch the tissues that restrict the breathing.

Similarities between the deltoits and the hips, comparing the muscles of the lower and upper part of the bodies.  and what is the psoas of the upper body… it is more of a combination, the stronger etantion of the shulder joint matches the flextion of the hip joint.


David Keil: This and this and this

Ray Long:  Anything by him, like this or this or this.

May the force be with you,



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