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17 of the Most Impressive Yoga Poses on Instagram

Even if you can’t bend yourself into a pretzel or defy gravity with masterful inversions (yet), admiring the craziest yoga poses on Instagram can be totally mesmerizing—not to mention, inspiring. After all, the most jaw-dropping poses around involve more than just flexibility, balance, and strength. They require confidence, trust, and practice, practice, practice.

Whether you’re just mastering the art of Savasana or you’re trying to take your Vinyasa flow to the next level, these 17 poses from some of the most impressive yogis on Instagram pretty much demand to be ogled over. Claire Ewing, instructor and studio marketing manager at CorePower Yoga, breaks them down—and if you’re ready for it, shares how to work toward mastering some of them yourself. (A quick disclaimer: This is obvious just from looking at them, but all of these are advanced yoga poses. If you want to try them, know your limits, start slowly, and enlist a trained yoga instructor for help you with the progressions. Never force your body into a position that causes pain.)

7. Handstand With Eagle Legs

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Eagle legs (and Eagle arms) are a mainstay in many yoga classes, but on your hands? Not so much. “The bind of the Eagle legs requires lots of core strength and the ability to draw everything into the midline of your body while standing on your hands,” says Ewing. If you’ve got a headstand down, you can start practicing the leg bind from there, she adds.