Yoga isn’t about folding your body into a knot, but there is no denying that we all love to see yoga instructors and practitioners turning themselves into a pretzel. Careful though, as most of these poses aren’t for the faint-hearted or beginners for that matter.
It’s important to note that if you are a beginner then you need to start with the basic poses. Our review of Yoga Burn will give you more information on a program that will start with where you are at. Don’t try the most advanced poses when starting out as you’ll likely tie yourself if a knot on the living room floor and have to get the dog to call 911 🙂
The Crane Pose
Deemed to be one of the basic advanced poses, the crane is certainly difficult, but useful when practicing arm-balance. It qualifies as one of the hardest poses as it calls for weight distribution as evenly as possible.
Rather than bringing your legs in front of you, it involves tucking the knees into the back of the armpits. You need to tuck yourself into a ball position, similar to what you do when doing a somersault. Then put your hands on the ground, bend the elbows and then rest your upper arms back on the shins.
The rest involves shifting your weight on your feet balls and lean forward in order to transfer it to the hands
One-Handed Tree Pose
You have certainly seen people balance upside down on one hand, and it’s certainly no walk in the park. This yoga pose is part of the 5th series in Ashtanga and is only ideal for those who can manage the typical handstand.
If you can pull off this one, then you have incredible mental focus, core strength, and strong wrists as you have to balance your entire body on one of them. This pose is not for the faint hearted. Do no be disappointed if some of these poses seem completely out of reach. Go slow, build a good foundation and you will get there in the end.
Again, don’t attempt professional yoga poses when you’re first starting. Somedays it can be difficult enough to stand on two legs let alone one hand!
As the name implies, it is a peacock pose, but using just one arm. This yoga pose strengthens your arms, shoulders and wrists and ideally boosts digestion because of the pressure applied by your arms. The wounded peacock is the ultimate test for mental focus.
These are obviously not the only insane and challenging yoga poses, but they certainly pose a challenge. As advised earlier, be careful when attempting them and start with something that stretches your current level a little but won’t cause you any injuries!