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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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Sharon-Akiko Sharon-Akiko 9 years
Nature is really wise!!! and I suffer so much to do some positions....
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
Really great post!
Annabean Annabean 9 years
So cute, that's pretty funny!
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
purplesugar purplesugar 9 years
Every morning my chihuahua does 'downward facing dog,' followed by something similar to 'cobra.' Its pretty funny to see her do her yoga!
SU3 SU3 9 years
:ROTFL: SOO cute! I loved this! :)
Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
I like the pictures.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Glad you enjoyed them. Pictures of animals always make me smile :)
jendudley jendudley 9 years
Awesome pics. Great way to make someone happy. Look at these pictures!
KerryG KerryG 9 years
Hee! Cute! My sister's cat used to lie by the table doing yoga poses while we were eating dinner.
suzanne suzanne 9 years
I loved viewing this... :0
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
:ROTFL: I never heard this one before.
amandasunly amandasunly 9 years
I think yoga is inspired by nature! That's why it's so relaxing and freeing.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
hehe this is awesome!! love the happy baby pose! :p
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