My 5 favorite Anatomy books (and an app!)


Today I offer this video-resena of the books of anatomy that I use most. They are ideal resources to accompany my course of Anatomy applied online and to deepen your knowledge of the Anatomy for yoga and complementary therapies. Herein in writing my opinion with link to each book. I hope to serve you!

Book of Anatomy: Guide toporgafica of the human body

  1. Topographic guide of the human body

This book is great, highly recommended! It is designed especially for manual therapists and masseurs. It is full of very clear illustrations and its format is didactic and not pedantic. It also comes with a DVD that explains clearly and briefly practicing palpation of the different muscles in the body to someone else.

Book of Anatomy: Anatomy, workbook

  1. Anatomy workbook

Each page is a table made for coloring. It is a fun way and kinesthetic learning anatomy. In addition to tables on the musculo-skeletal system, includes tables on other systems of human body and explains their physiology. It is detailed and not cumbersome. I use it much in my classes and workshops. Tip: get photocopies of the sheets before color them! That way you can color them again and again.  

Book: Anatomy for movement

  1. Anatomy for movement.

A classic, written for students of dance and movement. It explains the how and why of our movements in the dance and in everyday life. It is small and handy. The only downside is that you'll need a good atlas of anatomy to accompany texts, as these are drawings including schematics.

App: Anatomy of the human body in 3D

  1. Essental Anatomy app.

Super-util and economic. To isolate and see different muscles, bones and organs of the human body in 3D is a wonder! You can add or remove muscle layers to isolate the muscle you want, enlarge, shrink it, turn it over,… It is a wonderful program and is incredibly versatile. I used it to record this video on the rib cage and this one on the diaphragm.


  1. Drawing of Anatomy and motion study

The artists also studied anatomy to better represent the human body. The advantage that has this manual for cartoonists is that people with constitutions and natural-looking muscles represents "normal" people or. Medical Anatomy textbooks tend to retract very muscular bodies, which can distort our idea of the proportion of the different muscles. Here the muscles are represented with realistic proportions and designated on the skin. I find that it is useful for teachers of yoga, as in class we can not get the anatomical atlas to find out where is the trapezius muscle. With this book you will learn to recognize the superficial muscles in sight and know them locate.



  1. Functional anatomy of yoga

Anatomy for yoga books often have a static view of the postures of yoga and the person; stop with detailed descriptions of what muscle is retracted what asana, as if everyone had the same body and the same practice. On the contrary, David Keil, creator of has a holistic view of the human body, its structure and how to get closer to the asanas. In his book, talks about things to the Yogis more interesting: the causes of typical lesions, and considerations on how to approach the positions "challenge". It is a very good mix of practical concepts applied to yoga.  And all that with a relaxed and colloquial language that anyone can read.

What these books / resources attracts you more?

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Julia is a yoga anatomy teacher and bodyworker based in Barcelona, Spain.

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