25 Amazing Yoga Poses Most People Wouldn’t Dream of Trying

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.

| Peacock

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.

| Hummingbird

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!

| Dropback

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.

| Frog

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.