10 Incredibly Crazy Yoga Poses

10 Incredibly Crazy Yoga Poses

Doing yoga is an incredible way to calm your mind, body, and spirit. Its list of benefits runs a mile long, and includes weight loss, better sleep, improved memory, increased flexibility and strength, and even reduced symptoms of anxiety and stress. There’s a lot to love about the practice of yoga, but let’s face it: some yoga poses can get pretty funky, to say the least. You know the ones we’re talking about…

Poses that include backbends in ways that no back should ever bend. Poses where certain body parts are placed way too close to other body parts. And poses that pretty much involve not having a rib cage.

For the sake of a good laugh, we’ve decided to compile some of the craziest, weirdest, most bizarre yoga poses we could find. Namaste.


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1. This crazy riff on a headstand makes me question everything about how the human body moves. I don’t really know what’s happening here, but I do know I would die trying it.


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2. This is a variation on the lizard pose, if said lizard was trying to become a bench. That would look great in my living room!


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3. Him: Flexibility is sexy.


But seriously, props to this girl for smiling through this ridiculousness. Also, where’s her torso?


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4. Part lotus pose variation, part yoga knot, part insanity. Is there really ever a need for all your body parts to be that close to each other? Anyway, watching her get into this tangle of limbs is the most captivating thing I’ve seen all week.


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5. Why settle for doing Scorpion pose on your forearms when you can do it on your HANDS? Also known as my go-to Saturday night pose when I’m waiting for my crush to text back. It’s chill.


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6. Two words: ouch and ouch. This pose looks like it took years to master, and the blessing of a yoga god to rearrange how your hips work. His body says “I can do anything!” His face says “why am I like this?”


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7. Side Crow as a base with some kind of crazy top leg contortion, this pose requires some next level glute/hamstring/hip flexor strength and flexibility, plus the added skill to defy the physical laws of the human body.


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8. This pose is technically a concoction of sarvangasana, padmasana, and karnapidasana, but it’s really like someone took the phrase “me in a nutshell” way too much to heart. And you do you, girl, but is that stone really the most comfortable on your shoulders?


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9. They said you could take one carry on, not that you had to become the carry on. I know this is called the yogic sleep pose or yoganidrasana, but how is she looking so peaceful when her LEG is behind her HEAD? So confused. Much impressed.


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10. Officially called Sirsa Padasana, but unofficially called “I am missing a few vertebra.” But hey, this is definitely one way to stretch out after eating too much!


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If you want to give yoga a try without having to go to the lengths of these extreme poses, Yoga52 is a good place to start. This is a collection of 52 elegantly-produced yoga classes from beginner to expert taught by five of the world’s leading yoga instructors. Get started today!

Chelsea Frank


Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.