How To Do a Wild Thing Pose?

Camatkarasana is a complex, demanding, and enjoyable yoga pose. It's a posture that calls for flexibility and determination in the shoulder and hip joints and the heart (front, back, and side core muscles of the spine). 

Camatkarasana and the movements in and out will trigger repeated motion problems and traumatic injuries if performed incorrectly, without the requisite joint warm-up and muscle activation, and if prior injuries are not recognized. 

The chest, back, and neck and the hip flexors and front legs are all stretched in Wild Thing. The pose often strengthens the spine, shoulders, and upper back and invigorates the body, which may help with exhaustion and moderate depression.

The Idea of The Wild Thing Pose

The Wild Thing is sometimes entered as Three-Legged Downward-Facing Dog (hence the nickname “Flip the Dog”). Keep in mind that you should try to cultivate a solid and aligned Wild Thing from Side Plank before trying to "Flip the Dog" to prevent jarring the body by falling into a pose that can be very intense. 

In addition, starting the pose from Side Plank strengthens the core muscles and adds flexibility to the pose. 

Experiment with various variants and movements of the posture, such as bringing the raised hand over the core or stepping the foot forward to the front of the mat for a deeper backbend. Place the raised hand on the ground and come into the entire Wheel stance from Wild Thing for an extra challenge.

How To Perform The Wild Thing Pose

Step 1:

Begin in the plank pose, having the shoulders directly over your wrists and active and engaged legs. Bring your feet and legs together to make a point, then walk your right hand into the mat's middle.

Step 2:

To come into Side Plank, exhale and shift your weight onto your right palm, move onto the outside corner of your right foot, and stretch your left arm straight up toward the ceiling (Vasisthasana). Have your hips lifted and your feet stacked on top of one another.

Step 3:

Move your left foot back behind you in Side Plank with your left knee bent with the heel of your left foot on the deck.

Step 4:

Enable your shoulder blades to relax and your upper back to curve into a backbend. Extend the lifted arm out and down as a vivid gesture of the spirit, allowing the head and neck to hang gently as you inhale deeply. To find more buoyancy in the legs, press down with the feet and right hand—remember, what goes down must come back!

Step 5:

Take five absolute, deep breaths when expressing the position, then return to Plank by bringing your gaze back to the middle of your pad. Rep on the other side whenever you're ready.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Wild Thing a Parody?

This pose, also known as Rock Star, incorporates an inverted backbend with a balance that parallels certain rock-n-rollers' onstage choreography. Its Sanskrit name translates to 'unfolding of the raptured spirit.' The crazy thing is a counter-pose to a downward-facing dog in plank, often known as flip-the-dog.

In Yoga, How Can I Do a Flip Dog?

Lift your right arm toward the sky or the front of your mat. Relax the mind. Return to Downward Dog by bending your chest down toward the ground, putting your right hand down parallel to your left, lifting your right foot, flipping your hips to face the floor, and flipping your hips to face the floor.

What Does a Mermaid Pose Entail?

Mermaid Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) is a more advanced version of One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) that further deepens the backbend and exposes the hips. Heat your hips and thighs vigorously before trying this position, as you did for the One-Legged King Pigeon Pose.


If you have a history of shoulder trauma, you can stop this pose altogether. It's safer to stop this stance if you have back, shoulder, or rotator cuff problems or if you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

In the yoga community, this pose has sparked debate. The question is whether you can do Wild Thing without putting your shoulders in a spot that almost ensures injury. 

Because of how the pose is taught in Anusara, the student must be familiar with a relatively open form of back bending, which is a characteristic of the practice.