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Wild Thing



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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.

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Kelly Arnold

I love this Pose! It's I think for a more dynamic class and an advanced practitioner. I offer holding 3 point down dog with the knee bent rather than taking it back into wild thing for those not ready or wanting to do this pose. If anyone hurts themselves doing yoga they are not really "doing yoga" only attempt poses within you limits, I've been practising for over 20 years and have never injured myself and am always shocked to hear of those that have.


I was doing this on the Willpower challenge, but I couldn't do it with my right arm down. Come to find out that it is contraindicated for anyone with rotator cuff issues--and I tore the right rotator cuff a couple of years ago. Is there a safer pose that might have similar benefits? (Note: I am 67).


There is nothing wrong with the posture! It's simply the way an individual moves into or out of it or just not being physically able - not bendy enough in all the right places - but doing it anyway.

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