You make everything groovy, wild thing
Wild thing, I think I love you…
In the classic song, the Troggs may have very well may been talking about the pose Camatkarasana, or wild thing, as the benefits it confers could possibly evoke and deep and profound love for the pose, life, yourself…everything, man.
It offers a stretch for the chest, shoulders, and throat, as well as the hip flexors and front legs. The pose also builds strength in the arms, shoulders, and upper back, and has an invigorating effect that can combat fatigue and mild depression.
It’s challenging, but here’s instructions:
Wild Thing: Step-by-Step Instructions
Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog).
Bring your weight into your right hand and roll onto the outer edge of your right foot like Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose).
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.
Curl back through your upper back to create a sweeping action of the shoulder blades into the back of the rib cage.
On an inhalation lift your hips higher until you curl more into a backbend with your right foot solid on the ground.
Keep breathing and curl your head back, extending your left arm from your heart and expressing your power and freedom.
Hold for 5-10 breaths breaths, return to Down Dog and repeat on the other side.
|Contraindications and Cautions|
|Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Rotator Cuff injuries|
|Fatigue Mild depression|
|Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)|
|Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog), Balasana (Child’s Pose)|
|Opens up chest, lung, and shoulder areas Opens the front of the legs and hip flexors Builds strength in shoulders and upper back|