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Wild Thing: Step-by-Step Instructions
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.
See also Chest Openers
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.
See also More Arm Balance Poses
Hold for 5-10 breaths breaths, return to Down Dog and repeat on the other side.
Contraindications and Cautions
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Rotator Cuff injuries
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog), Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Opens up chest, lung, and shoulder areas
Opens the front of the legs and hip flexors
Builds strength in shoulders and upper back