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by inKin
20 Nov

10 Crazy Yoga Postures If You're Feeling Like A Badass!

Many people think yoga is just about stretching and breathing. And while this is a huge part of yoga, there is also another super athletic side to it that in some cases border on competitive gymnastics.


There are lots of physically challenging postures in the yogic repertoire – forget the Crow and the Scorpion for a minute – because here are 10 positions that are a bit too crazy for most of us even to attempt, but will make you super yogi’s feel like total badasses!


1. Wounded Peacock

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Just in case the good old Peacock pose (one of the most challenging arm balances) is a little too easy for you then, lucky for you, you can advance to Wounded Peacock and lift one hand off the ground. This one-handed arm balance is an amazingly perfect counter balance of weight. This pose also requires super strength, brilliant balance, concentration, and, of course, lots (like tons) of practice.


2. Destroyer of the Universe

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The name kind of says it all! I mean, really, it already sounds too crazy even to try. This ridiculously difficult side plank variation requires incredible flexibility and athleticism. It requires getting your foot behind your head while your body is off the floor, all while balancing on one side, not so easy, right? No one is messing with you if you can hold this pose.


3. Firefly B

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Don’t let the name fool you, this insane forward fold is so deep that your hands reach to the floor and also thread back through your legs so that you poke your head out the other side and interlace your fingers behind your back. This is a crazy stretch for your hamstrings, as well as hips and shoulders, which need to be utterly flexible for you to get close to this pose. Plus your core needs to be super tight.


4. Yogi’s Sleep

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This sleeping pose looks anything but peaceful for the average human. For super yogis who enjoy extreme flexibility in the hips and backs of the legs, you are quite literally tying yourself in a knot. A top tip is to start in Happy Baby pose before moving your arms to the insides of your legs. Using your hands move your left knee behind your left shoulder, and bring your foot behind your head. Next take the right knee behind your right shoulder and place your right ankle behind your left ankle. Finally bring both hands to your lower back, and try to clasp them together.


5. Peacock Frog Variation

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Okay, we’re really not sure where to even begin with this crazy pose. The advanced variation of peacock pose combines the legs of frog pose,  for a hybrid that we definitely wish we knew how to do.


6. One-Handed Handstand

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As if balancing upside down on your hands isn’t hard enough for most of us, why not lift one of those hands off the ground? The one-handed handstand is certainly a pose for the yoga pros. It takes incredible balance, arm strength, core strength, and full-body control. Plus moving your balance and alignment off center makes it even more challenging.


7. Formidable Face

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One the most pretzel-esque of all poses, this is a backbend of epic proportions. So much flexibility and strength are required to stretch your legs upwards behind you before drawing your feet back down to reach past your head to the floor so you can catch a hold of your ankles. Don’t forget this is a super cute photo op – so camera’s at the ready!


8. Unsupported Headstand

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We all love to invert, right? When we flip perspectives and turn our bodies upside down, there are so many incredible benefits. However, most of us use our hands to help the support us when we take the plunge to the other side.  Nevertheless, some crazy yogis can turn upside down using nothing more than the tops of their talented heads! This is serious “Don’t try this at home territory”!


9. Planche

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Oh, the plank right? Yeah, it’s pretty tough! WRONG!! In essence, this pose means doing the plank while gracefully levitating in the air! Don’t forget you need to keep a straight line from head to toe too. To nail the  Planche you need to perfectly distribute your weight all the way from the front to back of the plank! For super yogis only.


10. Side Rooster

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To nail this pose, you need to master the lotus pose and the tripod headstand. Even then, it can take months or even years to master the side rooster! 


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