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Soren Buchanan, a yoga teacher based in Chicago, has developed quite a following on her Instagram account — all thanks to her captivating self-portraits that blend her gravity-defying yoga moves with her enthusiasm for local street art.

While these images are an impressive demonstration of Buchanan's athletic prowess, they also serve as her tribute to the windy city's vibrant collection of murals and other urban artwork.

As she explains in a recent interview with Instagram: "Artist recognition is very important to me. If people are drawn to my images, they need to know who I am collaborating with. I hope to bring attention to artists who, other than on the streets, might have limited venues showcasing their art and sharing their styles."

Ultimately, she hopes that her interaction will complement each piece of artwork, and those possibilities are virtually endless thanks to the versatility and literal flexibility of yoga.

Continue below to see more of Buchanan's bendy moves and be sure to follow her on Instagram (@spritesoren) to continue your tour of Chicago's street art world!

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