Wild thing – Sanskrit name: Camatkarasana
There is something about this Asana that really appeals to me. It looks vibrant, magical and invigorating. And it feels pretty awesome transitioning into this pose as well. What also makes this Asana special is how it combines many things into one. For starters, I love how it is a great chest and heart opener. It also stretches your hips and hip flexors, helps you build strength, is a good preparation for other backbends and teaches you to maintain your balance. This Asana also teaches you to let go, to be open, to embrace freedom and at the same time encourages you to ground yourself as you grow your roots into the earth.
What could be better than that?
How to embrace your wild side:
- Start from Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog).
- Slowly transfer your weight onto your right hand and onto the outer part of your right foot as if you are performing the Vasisthasana (Side plank pose).
- Inhale, lift your hips
- Exhale, move your left foot back and place your toes on the ground with your knee slightly bent.
- Inhale, open your chest and lift your hips higher till creating a backbend and ensure that your right foot is stable on the ground.
- Push your left foot into the ground so that you can straighten your right leg.
- As you continue breathing, your head should be dropped back and your left arm extended from your heart expressing your freedom and power.
- Remain in this position for around 5 to 10 breaths and repeat the wild thing steps for the other side.
Benefits of this Asana :
- It opens up the shoulders, lungs, chest and the Anahata Chakra.
- It opens the hip flexors and the front of the legs.
- It builds strength in the upper back and shoulders.
- It also helps improve the circulation of blood to the organs.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator Cuff injuries
I hope you’ll find your freedom, balance & grounding in this Asana as well 🙂