In any standard yoga class, you’ll learn a few animal-inspired poses.
Downward facing dog. Cobra pose. Crane or Crow pose (which is virtually impossible).
But one yogi has mastered poses inspired by all corners of the zoo – from insects and amphibians to dogs and lions.
Brussels-based yoga teacher Lindell Nuyttens, 37, first began practising as a child but really got into Hatha after the birth of her second child.
These days, she spends 15 minutes a day working through a series of unconventional poses, all inspired by different animals.
‘In Hatha Yoga, lots of poses are based on movements or characteristics of animals. Downward or Upward Facing Dog, Cobra pose, Puppy pose, Frog pose, Scorpion pose, Camel pose…to name but a few,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.
‘After years of yoga practice, I started to master more and more postures, including animal postures. Fellow yogis on Instagram inspire me with “hybrid” poses, a combination of two postures – for example, a Frog pose and Sphinx pose combined.’
She’s been posting her incredible positions for her 36,000 followers on Instagram, where she blogs under the name @stretchylicious.
And it’s fair to say that she’s earnt that handle.
Lindell says that for anyone starting out on their yoga journey who still has a lot of muscular tension, she would advise ‘to go slowly and stay attentive to signals of the body. Don’t be obsessed by wanting to attain a perfect “shape” or a certain posture’.
Here are just a few of her insane animal-inspired yoga positions for you to attempt. Just don’t get stuck…
One legged king pigeon
Where to begin…