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

HANDSTAND SCORPION

<p>Handstand is hard enough, but when you <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Yoga-Pose-Week-Handstand-Scorpion-4515354">throw an intense backbend in there</a>, it might be a little too challenging for most people to want to try.</p>

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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.

We’ve all had a Polly or Peter Pretzel in our yoga class, and admit it – 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?

KING PIGEON POSE

<p>Talk about a backbend! This one known as King Pigeon Pose bends most people more than they'd want to.</p>

Talk about a backbend! This one known as King Pigeon Pose bends most people more than they’d want to.

HALF LOTUS CROW

<p>Ever think to do Crow with your legs in Half Lotus?!</p>

Ever think to do Crow with your legs in Half Lotus?!

 

IRON CROSS HEADSTAND

<p>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 <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Strike-Yoga-Pose-Iron-Cross-Headstand-1981591">Iron Cross Headstand</a>.</p>

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

<p>Forearm Stand is a toughie, and bending your knees and resting your feet on your head in Scorpion is even harder, but <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/YOGA-CHALLENGE-Scorpion-Broken-Tail-66911">this creative variation</a> is definitely way more challenging. Would you try it?</p>

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

<p>This takes <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Yoga-Pose-Wheel-aka-Backbend-Explained-885472">Full Wheel</a> to a whole other level most people aren't willing to go.</p>

This takes Full Wheel to a whole other level most people aren’t willing to go.

 

 

BIG TOE BOW

<p>Now <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Strike-Yoga-Pose-Bow-888134">Bow pose</a>, 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.</p>

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

<p>Graceful yet bold, <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Strike-Yoga-Pose-Hummingbird-1910144">this arm balance requires amazingly open hips</a>, as well as upper-body strength.</p>

Graceful yet bold, this arm balance requires amazingly open hips, as well as upper-body strength

 

PEACOCK VARIATION

<p>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?</p>

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

<p>A variation of the <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/How-do-Firefly-Pose-9041913">arm balance Firefly</a>, this guy is folding in half so much that his head is behind his legs. Amazing!</p>

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

<p>This headstand and backbend variation is no joke!</p>

This headstand and backbend variation is no joke!

 

DROPBACK

<p>Wheel pose may be no problem for you, but dropping back into it from standing? Now there's a challenge!</p>

Wheel pose may be no problem for you, but dropping back into it from standing? Now there’s a challenge!

 

STANDING FLYING CROW

<p>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.</p>

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

<p>Looks like a move right out of Cirque du Soleil! <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Strike-Pose-Locust-Scorpion-2540103">This Locust variation</a> is all about spinal flexibility.</p>

Looks like a move right out of Cirque du Soleil! This Locust variation is all about spinal flexibility.

LIFTED THUNDERBOLT

<p>Holy flexible back!</p>

Holy flexible back!

 

LEG BEHIND THE HEAD SAGE

<p><a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Yoga-Pose-Week-Sage-2981106">Sage pose works your core and upper body</a>, but wait - does this guy have his leg behind his head? Gorgeous but intense!</p>

Sage pose works your core and upper body, but wait – does this guy have his leg behind his head? Gorgeous but intense!

 

DANCER SPLIT

<p><a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Yoga-Pose-Week-Dancer-1556163">Dancer is a balancing pose</a> 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.</p>

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

<p>One part headstand, one part backbend, <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Strike-Yoga-Pose-Headstand-Bow-4849783">this pose</a> might be a little too much for most.</p>

One part headstand, one part backbend, this pose might be a little too much for most.

 

HEADSTAND LOTUS

<p><a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/How-Balance-Headstand-Pose-20063163">Headstand on its own is a rather advanced move</a>, but not many would try folding their legs into Full Lotus while upside down.</p>

Headstand on its own is a rather advanced move, but not many would try folding their legs into Full Lotus while upside down.

 

FROG

<p>It looks painful, but <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/How-Do-Frog-Pose-2647984">Frog pose</a> is a great way to stretch out the quads. Would you try this one?</p>

It looks painful, but Frog pose is a great way to stretch out the quads. Would you try this one?

 

PINCHING SHOULDERS HEADSTAND

<p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Strike-Yoga-Pose-7-Headstands-2675654#photo-2677698">Balancing on your elbows and head</a> seems like it'd break your neck!</p>

Balancing on your elbows and head seems like it’d break your neck!

 

HANDSTAND LOTUS

<p>Can you imagine being so steady balancing on your palms that you can fold your legs into Full Lotus without using your hands?</p>

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

<p>Defying gravity it seems, this arm balance is also an extreme twist. Want to give it a try? Here are <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Strike-Yoga-Pose-Eight-Crooked-Limbs-1556168">instructions on how to do Eight Crooked Limbs</a>.</p>

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.

 

 

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