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20 yoga poses to channel your inner animal

Woman in Tortoise Pose

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Tortoise Pose (Kurmasana)

Tortoise Pose, or Turtle Pose, is named for these shelled critters for more than one reason. Not only does the pose look like a tortoise, but it is also intended to draw your attention to your inner thoughts. It can be difficult to achieve, and there are many variations.