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Top 5 ‘Impossibly Possible’ Yoga Poses You Could Ever Strike

by Elaine Clara

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Let’s admit that it can be fairly intimidating to start doing yoga, especially when you’re stiff as a board. We do realize that not everyone’s born with the flexibility of a pretzel, but everything seems impossible until it’s done. 

The key is to start with the simplest pose and sort of build your way up to a more complex position. While you’re getting comfortable with your Shavasana, we have compiled the top 5 most ‘impossibly possible’ yoga poses you could ever strike (under the guidance of a suitably qualified yoga teacher, of course) to stimulate your mind and get your yogi dreams all set!

If you haven’t already, we hope you’re all excited to try out these challenging yoga poses. Don’t get discouraged if you fail miserably at your first (many) attempts. Just laugh along, pat yourself on the back, and tell yourself “someday”. 

With the right guidance on an intermediate yoga retreat and some persistence, you just may someday! 

Note: Please consult your doctor or a health care provider before starting any exercise routine (including the yoga poses below) to prevent injuring yourself. You should stop any yoga pose if it is causing you pain or discomfort. 

Pungu Mayurasana – Wounded Peacock

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Imagine doing a plank, without your feet touching the ground. Now, remove one arm and try not to fall. I know… it’s hard even just to think about it. Apart from truly testing your mental focus, this position is believed to help strengthen your wrists, shoulders, and arms, and helps to improve your digestion due to the pressure applied by the arm. Make sure to practice on both sides though.

 

Eka Hasta Vrksasana – One-Handed Tree Pose

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Did anybody else twist their tongue while trying to pronounce the name of this pose? If you’ve survived the 90s experimenting with breakdance, you’re probably feeling smugged enough to think that you can nail this pose. Well, you might. Try and do a ‘1990’ but instead of spinning around, on one hand, try and be completely still. All good? Now, try and hold it for 15 minutes. If you can do this one, congratulations, you have super impressive core strength, mental focus, and strong wrists!

 

Sayanasana – Scorpion Pose Variation

Sayanasana

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Imagine yourself on a beach, laying down on your belly, feeling the sand on your elbows, the palms of your hand touching your face. Got it? Now rotate 90 degrees clockwise.

 

Kala Bhairavasana – Destroyer of the Universe Pose

Destroyer of the Universe Pose

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Apparently, this pose is not as difficult the others on the list, despite the name. Still, it looks impressive! This pose requires very open and flexible hips besides tenacity, mental focus, and of course athleticism to be doing this with the body off the floor whilst balancing on one side. So be careful, don’t want it to end up changing name as the destroyer of your hindquarters.

 

Yoganidrasana – Yogic Sleep Pose

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You could’ve probably guessed by its name that this pose has something to do with sleeping. It is essentially Sleeping Turtle (Supta Kurmasana) flipped on to the back, and it is said to promote a deep feeling of calmness. Well, we all love a bit of sleep, don’t we?


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