03/05/2014 04:08 pm ET Updated Mar 05, 2014

20 Yoga Poses To Channel Your Inner Animal

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In the wide array of intriguing body contortions, many yoga poses — in Sanskrit, "asanas" — are named after animals. Some postures aptly mimic the shape of a specific animal while others are not quite so obvious. From the common Eagle Pose (shown here) to the complex Firefly Pose, here are 20 animal asanas.

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