Finding Joy in Movement

Camatkarasana/ Wild Thing

Wild Thing (sometimes referred to as flipping the dog) is a backbend that opens the front side of the body with a freedom that most people find quite enjoyable.

From Downward Dog, lift your right leg on an inhale and then stack the right hip over the left. Bring your weight into your left hand and open up the front of the body as you bring your right foot to the floor behind the left leg. Try and keep the left leg straight, even as you bend the right leg at the knee. As you flip over, you will roll to the outside of the left foot. Lift the hips high up away from the floor.

As you begin to open the front side of the body, pay special attention to the front of the thighs and the hips (quads and iliopsoas respectively). This will help you to keep the tailbone firmly tucked and the lower back free from compression. Once you have found length in the legs, continue lifting the hips and open the front of the chest in a backbend, reaching out through the right arm. The shoulder blades should press into the back of the rib cage to accentuate the opening of the chest.

For those that are quite flexible, some people like to flip all the way over to Urdhva Dhanurasana, though I find the asymmetry of Camatkarasana to be a welcome change and worth exploring even if you can make it all the way over.

Stay for as long as you like, then repeat for the same amount of time on the second side.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you or see you at one of my classes!

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