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2014’s Most Inspiring Yoga Pics on Instagram

The #yogainspiration world showcases some pretty amazing shots. Here are nine of our favorites of the year.

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While it might seem like the social media cliché of 2014, the #yogainspiration world showcases some pretty amazing shots. Here are nine of our favorite Insta-moments of the year. They’re snaps that make us want to travel the world with our mats, practice asana in the streets, and share the love with family, friends, and those in need.

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Need a shot of courage? Austrian Ashthangi Melanie Thüeringer (@melaniethue) helped us shift our perspective and muster strength with this unwavering Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) in the mountains of Salzburg.

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To find balance and improve your yoga practice: meditate, breathe, show love to your family and friends, be kind to strangers, enjoy the gifts you were given, and be ok with the gifts you weren’t,” writes Southern California yoga teacher Dylan Werner (@dylanwerneryoga). Sounds about right to us. Now to keep working on this One-Handed Peacock Pose variation (Mayurasana).

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L.A.-based yoga teacher MacKenzie Miller (@mackenzieyoga) promotes the #YogaChristmasProject, a nonprofit effort to take care of the homeless, with this glowing One-Legged Wheel Pose variation (Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana). We’re inspired by all of the wonderful charity work that yogis do year-round. Learn how to safely move into this heart-opening pose and share the love!

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Some poses are just pretty to look at, like yogi Kristen Rose Provenché’s (@kristenpro) Lord of the Dance Pose (Natarajasana) in the hills near San Francisco. Find grace and grounding with Yoga Journal’s instruction for moving mindfully into Dancer.

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Dov Vargas (@dharmayogi) shows us what having the support of your family means as he practices AcroYoga with his father, Sri Dharma Mittra. For more Acro inspiration, watch YJ’s Acro freeplay video.

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Kathryn Budig (@kathrynbudig) embodies freedom and beauty practicing Camel Pose (Ustrasana) on the beach. Read her #findyourinspiration blog posts for more love-your-body motivation.

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SUP yoga star Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl) delicately balances in a One-Legged Pose Dedicated to Sage Koundinya (Eka Pada Koundinyasana II) off the shore of her beloved Aruba. What’s the worst that could happen? We love yoga and swimming.

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Yogi and photographer Riva G (@riva_g_) rises above the cacaphony of NYC in a variation of Eight-Angle Pose (Astavakrasana), teaching us how to stay centered in the midst of chaos. Learn more about the benefits of this arm and core-strengthening pose in Playing with Power: 16 Poses to Prep for Astavakrasana.

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We know these two talented yoga teachers are capable of twisting into any pose, but this shot on the beach at the Yoga Journal LIVE! event in Miami was too sweet. Thank you, Kino MacGregor (@kinoyoga) and Kerri Verna (@beachyogagirl), for reminding us to make time for play!

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