If you thought the scariest thing about yoga was accidentally farting during downward dog, think again. Because apparently, some hardcore yogis can do something with their bodies that is actually kind of terrifying. Originally called "Nauli," the practice been nicknamed "Alien Yoga" by contemporary yoga practitioners, the Independent reports.
The centuries-old yoga move, which is now trending on Instagram, involves exhaling completely before "isolating the abdomen" and then sucking it in under your ribcage, according to the Independent. When you see it, you'll understand the name "alien yoga," because these people appear to have been possessed by a force not of this earth.
It also has a bit of a creepy thinspo vibe.
WTF IS THIS DARK MAGIC??????
And the yogi pictured above is not even the only one who has mastered this bizarre move. THERE ARE OTHERS.
Apparently alien yoga is as difficult to pull off as it is to watch.
So... umm, why? WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS?
Let's be honest, the likes. But also, according to the Independent, there are many benefits to Nauli, like "improving willpower and emotional stability," correcting hormone imbalances and strengthening your core. It can also help with digestion by "cleaning out the organs and muscles in the abdomen," CBS reports.
Still, don't try this at home. Unless you happen to have a qualified yoga instructor in your home. Because experts say it's not for amateurs.
"Really the only people who should be practicing this are people who’ve been practicing for many years, and with an established teacher who knows the technique," Erik Burling, the owner of Roots Philly Yoga, told CBS. "You could lose control of your own breath, you could pass out."
Noted. Just to be safe, we'll stick to our regular routine of not doing any physical activity at all.