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Teenager can rotate his shoulders at 360 degrees and neck at 180 degrees
A19-year-old Indian teenager has stunned locals with his extremely flexible body. From western India, Yash Shah's body allows him to rotate his shoulders at 360 degrees and neck at 180 degrees. His flexible body has earned him the nickname Rubber boy.
Yash can rotate his torso at 180 degrees, hands and legs at 360 degrees and can also squeeze his body through a tennis racket. The software engineering student says, “I have an extremely flexible body.” He says he is capable of rotating his head by 180 degrees and look backwards. He can rotate both his hands and legs at 360 degrees and can move his shoulders at any angle.
“I can rotate my torso at 180 degrees. I can also bend my fingers backwards up to 180 degrees,” he says.
Born to Vrajesh Ramlal Shah (45) and Kamini Vrajesh Shah (41), Yash was inspired to practice his extreme body-bending skills by watching famous American contortionist Daniel Browning Smith.
“Daniel Browning Smith is my inspiration. I started practicing contortion skills after watching his videos on YouTube,” says Yash.
“I started following him the moment I saw his acts.” Yash, who is an only child, practises daily for at least three hours. He says he never had help from a coach, but learned everything on his own.
“I never had any coach to help me practise. I learnt everything on my own while watching videos from YouTube,” he says. “My family is very supportive. They encourage me and never asked me to stop doing these acts. My grandfather used to watch me practising for hours like a coach and make sure I learn all the acts properly.”
His flexibility and body bending abilities have stunned people in his home town.
His mother Kamini, who is a teacher, says her son’s flexibility is God’s gift. “I am proud that my son is different. I feel proud that unlike others, he can turn his body in any direction,” says Kamini.
The unique bendy techniques have never caused any harm to Yash.
“I have never had any injury while performing these acts. I know how to control my body and protect myself from any injury,” he says. The teenager has already won a few awards, but he now has his eyes on the Guinness Book of Records. “I want to become famous worldwide and make my country proud,” says Yash. “It is my dream to get my name registered in the Guinness Book of Records. I’m practising very hard for this to happen.”
Yash Shah has a flexible body and can bend and rotate it in any direction without any pain