10 Animal Yoga Poses for LOVE (attract a mate!)

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squirrels kissing

Rawwwwrrrr. It is wild out there. Lions, lionesses. Tigers, tigresses. Bears, and bears. Bearesses? Bearginis? Love is a jungle. Are you the queen or king of yours?

It is not a coincidence that many yoga poses are named after animals. Our nature runs deep; we are all kin. A peek into the mating rituals of our animal friends and perhaps a little aping of their postures just might be the thing to draw you someone to hibernate with.

10 Animal Yoga Poses for Love:

dog in downward dog pose

1. Downward Facing Dog { Adho Mukha Svanasana }

  • Well, there’s the obvious reason. But don’t ask me to explain it. YOU know.
  • Knowing if we’re compatible or not might be much faster (and cheaper) if we opted for butt-sniffing, like dogs do.

animal yoga poses - lion pose simhasana

2. Lion Pose { Simhasana }

  • First, if your potential beloved still finds you attractive when you look insane (which this pose definitely accomplishes), you’ve got a winner. Look no further.
  • Second, Simhasana is said to cure bad breath — THE deal breaker.
  • Third, how many guys do you know who DON’T think panting is hot. Yeah, that’s what I thought, ZERO.
  • It is recommended that you roar at the end. No, really, read up on it. Claim your territory! Let the jungle know that you’re gonna get yours. Dominate.

animal yoga poses - rabbit pose sasangasana

3. Rabbit Pose { Sasangasana }

  • Maintains a flexible, youthful spine. This will help you keep up with, uh, the kind of activities rabbits are known for.
  • Good for the immune system…just in case you have, well, a number of romantical rabbit friends.

animal yoga poses - camel pose ustrasana

4. Camel Pose { Ustrasana }

  • Stretches the groins, opens the heart. Translation: good way to get your game face on, if you know what I mean.
  • While embodying the pose fully is always appreciated, nobody likes a spitter. Hold the saliva, k?

animal yoga poses - butterfly pose titali asana
5. Butterfly Pose { Baddha Konasana with flutter added / Titali Asana }

  • Stimulates the sacral chakra. Translation: va va voom!
  • Butterflies are pollinators. :)
  • Butterflies taste with their feet. You can take that fun fact wherever you like.

animal yoga poses - cat pose marjaryasana
6. Cat/Cow Pose { Marjaryasana / Bitilasana }

  • Be honest with yourself, this pose just looks sexy. And it feels wonderfully indulgent.
  • There’s a reason we say “Meow!” in relation to titillating things. You’ve heard those late-night kitty cat hollers, mrrrrows, and yowls. Yup, kitty booty call.

animal yoga poses - frog pose bhekasana
7. Frog Pose { Bhekasana }

  • The anatomical focus here is the uterus. Just sayin’.
  • Naked leapfrog is pretty hard to say no to…if you like the Frog Prince who is asking.

animal yoga poses - peacock pose pincha mayurasana
8. Feathered Peacock Pose { Pincha Mayurasana }

  • Peacocks know how to strut their stuff better than any other animal.
  • My teacher calls this “Pinch-my-ass-ana.” Yow! :)
  • Helps you learn to lift your tail. Um, a skill which is certainly beneficial. Er, in life. You know?

animal yoga poses - fish pose matsyasana
9. Fish Pose { Matsyasana }

  • Come, my love, let us swim upstream…and spawn.
  • A beautiful heart-opener.

animal yoga poses - cobra pose bhujangasana
10. Cobra Pose { Bhujangasana }

  • A slithery, supple, sensual pose. I don’t know about you, but I feel powerful in Cobra.
  • On the flipside, one must understand cobras in order to be a good snake charmer. Mwahahahahaa.
  • Cobras have excellent night vision. Crucial for gliding over to your prey in the dark.

The keys to the animal love kingdom are yours. Choose wisely, go forth, and get in touch with your inner animalistic yogic self.

Meow! Rawr! Hiss! Moo! Woof!

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7 Comments to 10 Animal Yoga Poses for LOVE (attract a mate!)

  1. Lol…I can certainly attest to the effacacy of Lion Pose to weed out insincere suitors, Lo. Love it!

    P.S: Is there such a thing as Yoga Stand-up? Seriously, I think you might have enough good material for a set. Maybe with Powerpoint. Just sayin’.

  2. Great, now I feel like practicing in the middle of the office, what to do what to do?

    My BF still loves me even after coming with me to TT and taking photographs of a bunch of women performing agni sara and simhasana, yours truly included. That’s saying a lot, IMHO.

  3. Um.. how about Bakasana? Baron Baptiste says it “ignites the fire inside”… to which I say CAW CAW CAW

    hot indeed

  4. Hey, hey, hey…

    You forgot dolphin pose – those critters are intelligent and friendly and in yoga terms, an excellent shoulder opener!

    Then there’s the all-encompassing animal pose. Get down on the ground nice and low and breathe and growl (if you like) and enjoy the whole super-connected to the earth experience… ;)

    And how could you forget the glorious “fly like an eagle” pose? Although I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an eagle in the wild with the sort of balance poses this one causes many yogis!