How The Wild Thing Pose Can Empower Your Yoga Practice


Do you like a little variety in your yoga sessions? Do you like a challenge? If so, have you ever tried the Wild Thing yoga pose? It has some great therapeutic benefits and it looks and feels great once you achieve the full pose. Ready to try?

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Wild Thing Yoga Pose (Camatkarasana)

Start in a downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and once ready, take your weight onto the right hand and onto the outer edge of the right foot. Inhale and lift your hips. Partially claw the fingers of the right hand as you grip the floor and then exhale. Take your left foot back and with partially bent knee, place your toes onto the floor.

Make a sweeping action through the shoulder-blades curling through the upper back. Inhale and then lift the hips a little higher. Your aim is to move into a deeper back-bend with your right foot fixed to the floor. Remain within this posture and breathe as you curl your head backward. Extend your left arm and visualize freedom of movement.

Hold this pose for up to 5-10 breaths. Then, reverse the movement to a Downward Dog. Repeat the full movement on the other side.

Benefits of Wild Thing Yoga Pose

There are many benefits of Wild Thing yoga pose and one of the main ones is the sense of freedom and achievement that comes from achieving this pose. It releases feelings of depression and fatigue and opens the chest and the shoulders. It is beneficial for the lungs, also building strength in the arms and shoulders. This posture stretches the front legs and hip flexors.

Increase Energy and Vitality With the Wild Thing Yoga Pose

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This is an invigorating and dynamic yoga pose and you should enter it with a feeling of playfulness and curiosity. You can understand through observing the photo of Downward Dog that it is easy to transition into the Wild Thing yoga pose from this posture. But it can also be achieved through Side Plank pose if preferred. This increases core muscle strength and in addition, creates greater stability within the pose. If you find it too difficult at first, build up to it slowly by practicing Downward-Facing Dog or Bow pose (Dhanurasana).

Finish by practicing Child’s pose. (Balasana).

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In conclusion, this is a fabulous yoga pose which can add a sense of light-heartedness and freedom to your yoga session. Do be careful however if you have any shoulder problems or wrist issues. Build up to this pose slowly, it’s worth the wait.