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21 Incredible Yoga Poses to Take You to the Next Level ...

By Neecey

It takes concentration and focus to achieve perfect yoga poses – even some that are considered suitable for beginners. And then some yogis manage to twist and bend into the most incredible shapes. Want to see what you could achieve after much practice and desiccation? Are you ready to turn yourself into a human pretzel?

1 Lotus Handstand

Lotus HandstandIf you can't get into the lotus position without using your hands yet, you'll not be able to achieve this pose.

2 Flying Crow

Flying CrowIt takes great flexibility and incredible strength to be able to bring your foot to rest on your tricep in this position.

3 Dropback

DropbackIf you can achieve a full wheel, the next challenge is to drop into it from a standing position.

4 King Pigeon Pose

King Pigeon PoseThis will put your "bendyness" to the test.

5 Side Plank Pose

Side Plank PoseThe plank is one of the staples of any fitness routine and here is how to make it super challenging.

6 Iron Cross Headstand

Iron Cross HeadstandThe iron cross headstand is an inversion that needs a strong focus.

7 Flying Pigeon

Flying PigeonThis pose strengthens the abdominal muscles and arms. You'll really feel it stretch those hamstrings.

8 Firefly B

Firefly BIn this variation of the arm balance firefly, you fold so far in half that your head ends up behind your legs.

9 Hummingbird

HummingbirdUse your upper body strength to balance on your arms and open up your hips.

10 Peacock

PeacockTo achieve the position of a posing peacock, you'll have to concentrate your weight in your wrists.

11 Peacock Variation

Peacock VariationAs if the peacock isn't difficult enough – this variation is super scary. Could you get your legs into that position without using your hands?

12 One-Legged Staff

One-Legged StaffA killer combination of headstand and back bend.

13 Handstand Scorpion

Handstand ScorpionAdding an intense back bend really tests your prowess at the handstand.

14 Locust Scorpion

Locust ScorpionThis pose will test your spinal flexibility to the max.

15 Lifted Thunderbolt

Lifted ThunderboltYou'll need to reach for the sky to get the most from this stretch – that is, if you can actually get in this pose in the first place.

16 Dancer Split

Dancer SplitThis adds extra stretch to the usual dancer pose – especially on the hamstrings. From the standard dancer pose, straighten your lifted leg into a split position.

17 Frog

FrogYour quads will want to croak when you put them through this pose.

18 Lotus Headstand

Lotus HeadstandAnother pose where you need to be able to get into the lotus position without using your hands.

19 Big Toe Bow

Big Toe BowTake the bow pose to the next level by holding your feet in the arched back position. This will seriously flex your spine.

20 Pinching Shoulders Headstand

Pinching Shoulders HeadstandAre you ready to balance on your elbows and head?

21 Eight Crooked Limbs

Eight Crooked LimbsThere's an extreme twist to this arm balance pose.

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