25 Amazing Yoga Poses Most People Wouldn’t Dream of Trying
We’ve all had a Polly or Peter Pretzel in our yoga class| and admit it u2014 you can’t help but ogle a little at their awe-inspiring strength and flexibility. It’s inspirational| and it gives a little insight into what years of practice can lead you to. But let’s face it: some poses are just flat-out out of the question. Get ready to be wowed when you see these amazing advanced yoga poses. Would you try them?
| Handstand Scorpion
Handstand is hard enough| but when you throw an intense backbend in there| it might be a little too challenging for most people to want to try.
| King Pigeon Pose
Talk about a backbend! This one known as King Pigeon Pose bends most people more than they’d want to.
| Half Lotus Crow
Ever think to do Crow with your legs in Half Lotus?!
| Iron Cross Headstand
This is one extreme inversion! Definitely not a pose for everyone| but if you’re up for a challenge| here are instructions on how to get into Iron Cross Headstand.
| Scorpion With a Broken Tail
Forearm Stand is a toughie| and bending your knees and resting your feet on your head in Scorpion is even harder| but this creative variation is definitely way more challenging. Would you try it?
| Chakra Bond Pose
This takes Full Wheel to a whole other level most people aren’t willing to go.
| Big Toe Bow
Now Bow pose| most people will try| but this advanced variation where you hold the toes makes your back arch so much| it might feel like it’s breaking in half.
Doesn’t it look like her hands are about to break off from her wrists? Although gorgeous| Peacock pose isn’t for everyone.
| Sleeping Yogi
Both legs behind your head? She sure looks peaceful in Sleeping Yogi| but for most people| it’d be painful.
Graceful yet bold| this arm balance requires amazingly open hips| as well as upper-body strength.
| Peacock Variation
Two wows are going on in this crazy variation of Peacock. How does she balance on her hands that way| and how in the world does she get her legs in that bent position?
| Firefly B
A variation of the arm balance Firefly| this guy is folding in half so much that his head is behind his legs. Amazing!
| One-Legged Staff
This headstand and backbend variation is no joke!
Wheel pose may be no problem for you| but dropping back into it from standing? Now there’s a challenge!
| Standing Flying Crow
It’s hard to see| but in this extreme arm balance pose| your right foot is planted on your right triceps. It takes incredible strength and hip flexibility.
| Locust Scorpion
Looks like a move right out of Cirque du Soleil! This Locust variation is all about spinal flexibility.
| Lifted Thunderbolt
Holy flexible back!
| Leg Behind the Head Sage
Sage pose works your core and upper body| but wait u2014 does this guy have his leg behind his head? Gorgeous but intense!
| Dancer Split
Dancer is a balancing pose that most people think of as a backbend| but if you straighten your lifted leg into a split position| it’s a major stretch for the hamstrings.
| Headstand Bow
One part headstand| one part backbend| this pose might be a little too much for most.
| Headstand Lotus
Headstand on its own is a rather advanced move| but not many would try folding their legs into Full Lotus while upside down.
It looks painful| but Frog pose is a great way to stretch out the quads. Would you try this one?
| Pinching Shoulders Headstand
Balancing on your elbows and head seems like it’d break your neck!
| Handstand Lotus
Can you imagine being so steady balancing on your palms that you can fold your legs into Full Lotus without using your hands?
| Eight Crooked Limbs
Defying gravity it seems| this arm balance is also an extreme twist. Want to give it a try? Here are instructions on how to do Eight Crooked Limbs.