Yoga Pose of the Week: Wild Thing Pose

Camatkarasana (cah-maht-kah-RAHS-anna)
camatkara = miracle or surprise
asana = pose

Also called “Flipped Dog Pose”, this pose is lots of fun, but should be practiced safely! (see Yoga Journal’s article here)  Some of the benefits of this pose include:

  • Opens up chest, lung, and shoulder areas
  • Opens the front of the legs and hip flexors
  • Builds strength in shoulders and upper back

WILD THING Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

1 – Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog).

2 – Bring your weight into your right hand and roll onto the outer edge of your right foot like Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose).

3 – On an inhalation, lift your hips with buoyancy. Stay strong in your right hand making a clawing action with the fingers. Keep the head of the right arm bone back. On an exhalations, step your left foot back and place your toes on the floor with your knee partially bent.

4 – Curl back through your upper back to create a sweeping action of the shoulder blades into the back of the rib cage.

See also Chest Openers

5 – On an inhalation lift your hips higher until you curl more into a backbend with your right foot solid on the ground.

6 – Keep breathing and curl your head back, extending your left arm from your heart and expressing your power and freedom.

See also More Arm Balance Poses

7 – Hold for 5-10 breaths breaths, return to Down Dog and repeat on the other side.

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