Wild Thing Pose

Definition - What does Wild Thing Pose mean?

Wild thing pose is a backbend that energizes the whole body.


  • Start in downward-facing dog pose.
  • Shift the weight to the right hand and the outer side of the right foot as the left hand is lifted off the floor. The left hand points straight up as in side plank pose.
  • Bring the left foot back and place the ball of the left foot on the floor with the left knee bent.
  • As the left foot is brought back, let the left hand extend back and downward without touching the floor.
  • Remain in the pose for 10 breaths.
  • Repeat the same steps in the other direction.

Wild thing pose may also be referred to as camatkarasana in Sanskrit.

Wild Thing Pose

Yogapedia explains Wild Thing Pose

Wild thing pose can be quite challenging for beginners. With more practice, the pose can be held on to 10 breaths.

The benefits of wild thing pose include:

  • Opens the hips
  • Stretches the chest, throat and back
  • Expands the shoulders
  • Energizes the body
  • Improves the spine's flexibility
  • Strengthens arms, wrists, shoulders and back
  • Boosts lung performance
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Recommended for mild depression
  • Promotes sense of calm

Those with injuries in the wrist, shoulder, hip, back and/or spine should refrain from practicing this pose.

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