If you twist your body into a contortion, you might put one leg behind your ear, and clasp your arms behind your back. A contortion is a twisted position.

Yoga can feel like a series of contortions to beginners. People who twist their bodies into contortions professionally are called contortionists. In order to become a contortionist, you need to start with a lot of flexibility and a willingness to contort your body into uncomfortable positions. You then need a lot of practice. It is not easy to achieve a perfectly freakish contortion.

Definitions of contortion

n a tortuous and twisted shape or position

“the acrobat performed incredible contortions
crookedness, torsion, tortuosity, tortuousness
Type of:
distorted shape, distortion
a shape resulting from distortion

n the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)

Type of:
change of shape
an action that changes the shape of something

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