Dem Bones and more – Anatomy fun with a yoga focus

Posted on May 7, 2013. Filed under: Path of the Healer, Yoga |

I’ve been a kick lately of studying anatomy mainly coming out of my yoga studies but it is, of course, very applicable to herbalism as well.  So I’d thought I’d share the random collection of resources I’ve gathered and have been working with.


  • BioDigital Human.:  I’ve recently fallen in love with this site, with its interactive 3D rendering.  It’s worth the time to study the controls and features and learn to work them well it will pay off really quickly.  The free version will do most folks but the paid is relatively cheap and includes some nifty features.   One of the things I really wish they would change is how they handle the quiz function.   You can limit the body the system (muscles, skeleton, etc.) but not focus on a particular section of that system in the body.  And it only really quizzes you on ID and not form and function aspects.  But still a great site.
  • Anatomy Zone:  a great collection of videos which are also on their youtube account, but I like using the website for easier navigation.

Both go really well together but I do wish they had more of showing the body in motion as they describe the actions of things.

Smart Phone Apps (all both Android and Apple!):

  • Learn Muscles – very nice app with surprisingly good graphics.  I love that the quiz section lets you do a varieties of things like focus on particular areas of body, ID, origin, insertion and actions.   I do find that extra features come at  price that sometimes it crashes mid quiz and it doesn’t shuffle the questions as well as I’d like.  But still a great little app.
  • Visual Bones and Visual Muscles by Education Mobile.   Not quite a nifty as Learn muscles but still pretty great.  These two apps give you the basics in a pretty good form.  The quizzes are only IDing but still useful.
  • Speed Muscle, Speed Bones and Speed Anatomy by Benoit Essiambre. A level down by comparison to the above and just basic quizzing on ID.  The navigation is a pain since it shows you the whole body rather than a part during the quizzing and it grades you by how close you are to the exactly location – which is hard to do on a small screen.  But basic and gets the job done.

Books – General:

  • Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey. Great overview of the muscles of the body.  I routinely come back to it as a quick reference.
  • Know Your Body: The Atlas of Anatomy by Emmet Keeffe. Nice simple basic reference to fully human anatomy and surprisingly readable.
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Dummies (and workbook). Always a good place to start.  I actually like Know Your Body better, because it is more anatomy and less physiology here at the cost of the anatomy.  But still worthwhile.
  • Trail Guide To The Body by Andrew Biel.  If you can find a good used copy.  It is totally worth having.  More oriented to massage student but useful for many folks.
  • Medical Terminology for Dummies.  You’d be surprised how useful this is to have around.  Some of the anatomy books are not the best at defining the terms they use and this comes in more than handy to make up the difference.

Books – Yoga anatomy specific:

To go even deeper into the yoga poses I live by this series of Ray Long books:

Such a great resource to look up any individual pose and how the the body works in them.  How to get into them, tips, focus, etc.

I hope this random overview of resources I’ve been gather helps.  🙂

And, of course, I have this song running through my head:

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