Wild Thing Pose, Camatkarasana is a class favorite! Yogis love Wild Thing because they feel like a rockstar using the strength and fire of an arm balance with the compassion and openness of a backbend.


Stretches the chest, shoulders, hip flexors and quads. Strengthens the shoulders and upper back.  Is energerigizing so may help with mild depression and fatigue.

How to:

  1. Start in downward facing dog, with hands slightly wider than the shoulders
  2. Lift the right leg up to the sky. Keep the hips square to the mat, right shoulder reaching back and down and right toes flexed down to the mat.
  3. Shift forward to a 3 legged plank keeping hips inline with shoulders and the right leg lifted and engaged.
  4. Bend the right knee.
  5. Shift your weight into your left palm as you rotate to the outer edge of the left foot.
  6. Lift your right hand as you release the ball of the right foot to the ground behind you. Legs are hip width apart, left leg extended and right knee bent.
  7. Place your right palm on your chest or extend it overhead.
  8. Spin the left bicep forward wrapping the left shoulder blade on the back to open the chest.
  9.  Lift the hips and press the tips of the shoulder blades into the back of the heart.
  10.  Hold and breathe evenly for 3-5 breaths. 
  11. To release, come back through plank, lower the knees to mat and take rest in Childs Pose, Balasana. Repeat on the other side.

Modify it:

Modify this pose by bending and releasing the extended leg knee to the mat. If it is too much on the supporting arm shoulder and/or wrist try placing the hand ahead of the shoulder rather than directly underneath.