Better Bending: 10 Seriously Extreme Yoga Poses

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Yoga is a cultural phenomenon that becomes more ubiquitous by the day. We don’t know about you, but we feel pretty accomplished when we can relax into a full wheel — after all, yoga is about contemplation, not competition, right? Right. Still, we can’t help but be impressed and inspired by the crazy poses people twist themselves into as the trend progresses, so we’ve compiled a slideshow of some seriously extreme asanas, from the simply bendy to the truly out there, on horses, bicycles, underwater, even in midair. Click through for some yogic inspiration, and if you do these every morning, let us know in the comments.

We’re not sure we could do this pose even above water. [via]

Backbend-a-palooza. [via]

Bike yoga by 61 year old Khiv Raj Gurjar. [via]

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17-year old Katie Gieschen’s yoga on horseback. [via]

Not your average beach bum. [via]

Yogic skydiving. Watch the video here.

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Just chilling. [via]

Krista Olson on her surfboard. [via]