Wild Thing Pose


What is Wild Thing Pose?

Wild thing pose, or camatkarasana in Sanskrit, challenges both strength and balance. A relatively newer pose and commonly practiced in vinyasa classes, the yogi enters wild thing pose from downward dog, lifting one leg up and behind so that the heart opens to the sky.


  • Begin in downward-facing dog pose.
  • Inhale and lift the right leg and hand off the floor.
  • Exhale and reach the right leg up and over so that the foot rests on the floor behind the left leg.
  • Inhale and reach the right hand toward the sky.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • Avoid if there is wrist or shoulder injury

Benefits of Wild Thing Pose

  • Improves balance
  • Opens the chest
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Improves mental clarity

Wild Thing Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Camatkarasana
Pronunciation: cah-maht-kar-AH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Intermediate
Drishti: Urdhva (Toward the sky)
Pose Type: Backbends, Balancing, Chest Openers, Strength

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