Exercise of the Month – Wild Thing

wild thingExercise: Wild Thing

Sanskrit Name: Camatkarasana


  • Opens the chest, lungs, and shoulder area.
  • It opens the hip flexors and the front of the leg
  • it builds strength in the upper body such as shoulders and back
  • it helps improve circulation of blood to the organs
  • This pose can be effective in helping deal with fatigue
  • This pose may also be effective in helping mild depression


Shortening: triceps brachii, gluteus maximus, deltoid

lengthening: roator cuff muscles, rectus abdominis, iliopsoas, pectoralis major

Stabilizing: quadriceps, biceps brachii, hamstrings


1. From Down Dog come into push-up position.  Torso and legs in a line, arms straight, hands a little forward of your

2. Bring your feet together, and turn your torso sideways, coming onto the right hand and the outer edge of the right foot. This pose is the same as the setup for Vasishtasna.

3. Place your left (free) hand on your hip, and step the left foot to the ground behind the right leg, shin upright re side to side—the knee can be somewhat extended and the ankle needn’t be directly under the foot. 

4. Twist the front of your body towards the sky, and reach overhead with your left hand.

5. This is a relatively modern pose  unencumbered by “traditional” prescriptions. The english translation of the name, Wild Thing, suggests playfulness. So play with the foot and arm placement, as well as with the entry and exit.

6. For those of you who are more flexible you might want to try transitioning from this pose directly into Urdhva Dhanurasana [link]. Note the fingers point towards the feet in Urdhva Dhanurasana, but point away from the feet in this pose. And whereas Urdhva Dhanurasana moves towards a more pronounced arch, this asana can have a broader feeling of extension..

Common Problems: 

  • Must have good core strength, practice side planks and 3 legged dog
  • Make sure you are fully warmed up before attempting pose


  • caution for any one with rotator cuff issues or injuries
  • caution for any back issues
  • caution for any wrist problems such as carpal tunnel


About Katherine Smyth

Katherine Smyth, is a registered Acupuncturist with the CTCMA, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and counselor and owner of Squamish Mountain Medicine. Squamish Mountain Medicine is an alternative medicine clinic helping people live pain free without the use of prescription drugs. Squamish Mountain Medicine provides natural health options to people of all ages, with a specialty in pain, injuries, stress, depression & anxiety, headaches, digestive issues, women’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Kat is a proud part of the integrative team of practitioners at Reach Physiotherapy Clinic in Squamish, British Columbia. To book an appointment or for more info go to www.squamishmountainmedicine.com

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