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Animals Did Yoga First

Yoga is over 5,000 years old, it's one of the oldest forms of healing therapy. Humans were not the first to do yoga. Are you surprised? Way back in India, animals were observed in nature, and noted for their particular abilities and accomplishments. To imitate these qualities was considered a high sign of spiritual enlightenment. Many postures require you to "be" an animal, such as in Frog (Squat) and Camel pose, in the hopes that we can emulate their skills and power. Yoga poses also came from other things in nature. That's where we get Mountain and Tree pose. Now I'm just guessing, and correct me if I'm wrong, but this photo of a lemur probably took a detour in Photoshop before getting to us, but these other animals doing yoga are definitely for real. Source Want to see them? Then


A bird doing Tree pose? Now that's different. Source


A real live dog doing Downward Facing Dog pose? Too cute. Source Source


A river otter doing cobra pose. This posture feels amazing. Source Source


There's a reason this pose is called Dead Bug... Source But I prefer to call it Happy Baby pose instead.


Food is great motivation when working on stretching those hips and inner thighs - I'll have to remember that next time. Source Source


A cat working on backbends? Nice. Source Source


A bird doing Warrior 3 pose. Source


Ahh, Savasana. That sounds like a brilliant idea right about now. Source
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