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20 yoga poses to channel your inner animal

By: Anna Norris on Oct. 9, 2013, 3:45 p.m.
Man performing Peacock Pose at the beach


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Peacock Pose (Mayurasana)

This pose requires attention to the whole body in order to hold alignment. Peacocks symbolize immortality and love in Hindu culture, and the revered bird is the national bird of India. This pose has many variations, including the challenging Feathered Peacock Pose (Pincha Mayurasana), in which the legs are lifted back and up against a wall — and, for advanced students, eventually lifted away from the wall.