This passage quotes a ‘certain Chinese encyclopaedia’ in which it is written that ‘animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) etcetera , (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies’. In the wonderment of this taxonomy, the thing we apprehend in one great leap, the thing that, by means of the fable, is demonstrated as the exotic charm of another system of thought, is the limitation of our own, the stark impossibility of thinking "that".

— Michel Foucault, The Order of Things

Halloween and All Saints have always been filled with mystery, magic and superstition. We take this opportunity to explore more unusual postures of the yoga fauna and mythology. Find your flow through full body mudras and unusual shapes that ignite your imagination. Variations upon variations weave into a fairly complex sequential fabric, featuring moments with Vyaghrasana, Sirsasana and Vatayanasana. Not all freakish things in yoga are easily accessible. Approach the mat with curiosity and cultivate persistance but always with self-derision!

Photo: Marc Quinn

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