Pose of the Month: Camatkarasana- “Wild Thing”

Every month we like to highlight a different, specific pose. This month we have chosen the poetic and playful Camatkarasana pose, or the “Wild Thing”. “The Camatkarasana is the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart”. It is a pose that both encourages you to grow your roots deep into the earth while stretching back to offer your heart as a gift to the heavens.

A.) To start, bring yourself into the Adho Mukha Svanasana pose, or Downward Facing Dog.

B.) Shift your weight onto your left hand and your left foot. By rolling into the side plank position you are ready for the next development of this pose.

C.) Grow the roots of your left hand deep into the earth while lifting your hips up towards the sky. Bring your right hand back above your head while shifting your weight to the stability of a three pillar pose. Breath out and bend your right knee slightly while keeping your left leg straight, toes touching the mat.

D.) inhale and stretch your right hand back, ensuring that the arm is straight and not touching the mat. Lift your hips while curling your head and back to a full extension.

E.) Hold this pose for 10-15 breaths, keep your focus and your strength.

F.) Return yourself to Downward Facing Dog and switch to your left side to complete the pose.

If this pose is done correctly, it should be felt in the thighs, neck, spine, shoulders and hips. By working this pose into your normal yoga routine you will feel yourself become more open in the chest, hips, legs and arms. Your shoulders and back will strengthen while ensuring a full stretch of the neck.

The Yoga Journal informs us that this pose is good for treating both fatigue and mild depression. They also encourage people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Rotator Cuff injuries to try with caution.

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