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20 yoga poses to channel your inner animal

By: Anna Norris on Oct. 9, 2013, 3:45 p.m.
Woman doing the Eagle Pose in a tea plantation


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Awesome asanas

In the wide array of intriguing body contortions, many yoga poses — in Sanskrit, "asanas" — are named after animals. Some postures aptly mimic the shape of a specific animal while others are not quite so obvious. From the common Eagle Pose (pictured) to the complex Firefly Pose, here are 20 animal asanas.