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Camatkarasana is an Asanas. It is translated as Wild Thing Pose from Sanskrit. Camatkarasana is one of the backbend yoga poses that can be demanding on one's strength and balance. The term is derived from Sanskrit camatkara, meaning miracle or surprise and asana, meaning pose. Camatkarasana is translated as the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart.


  1. You should begin this pose by performing the Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog).
  2. Slowly transfer your weight onto your right hand and onto the outer part of your right foot as if you are performing the Vasisthasana (Side plank pose).
  3. While breathing in, allow your hips to be lifted as if filled with buoyancy. Your right hand should stay strong with the fingers making a claw. The head of the bone of the right arm should be kept back. While breathing out, move your left foot back and place your toes on the ground with your knee slightly bent.
  4. Curl your upper back so that the shoulder blades make a sweeping action to the back part of the ribs.
  5. While breathing in, lift your hips higher till you are curled into a backbend and your right foot is stable on the ground.
  6. As you continue breathing, your head should be dropped back and your left arm extended from your heart expressing your freedom and power.
  7. Remain in this position for around 5 to 10 breaths and repeat the wild thing steps for the other side.[1]

Technique in pictures/animation


  • Chest opening and heat building around the heart
  • Stretch for the lungs, throat, and shoulders
  • Opening the front of the legs, including hips and hip flexors
  • Builds strength in the upper arms and shoulders
  • Stretches and strengthening the back[2]

Related Asanas

Special requisites

This pose should be avooided for injuries given below:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff injuries

Initial practice notes

A useful beginner’s tip For Wild thing is that while the pose is being performed, it should never become painful. It is also important for beginners to practice under the guidance of a qualified instructor since performing the posture in an incorrect manner will result in injury. You should consult your doctor if you have any health concerns or questions regarding your ability to perform the pose[3]


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