Asana: Wild Thing

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Wild thing is one of my favorite poses because it makes me feel free and strong. It works your wrists, shoulders, core, with a slight back bend. There are two ways to get into this pose and I will discuss both.

Version 1
Start in Downward Dog. Bring your right leg up towards the ceiling. Make circles with your right ankle, then with your leg. Bend your right leg and circle with your knees. Breathe.
You are know ready to flip your dog! Twist your right leg up and behind you, stacking your hips. Both your hands are still on your mat with one leg in the air and twisted.
Set your right leg onto the floor, this will naturally cause your right hand to come off the floor.
Straighten your left leg, the outside of your left foot is touching the floor. Reach your right arm up and back. Congratulations, you are now in Wild Thing! Make sure you do the other side as well.

Version 2
Start in side plank. Your left hand and your left foot is on the floor, and your right hand is up in the air.
Lift your right foot and set it on the ground behind you. Adjust your weight so you are balanced equally on both feet.
Reach your right arm up and back. Congratulations, you are now in Wild Thing! Make sure you do the other side as well.
Eventually, you will end up in Wheel Pose!
If you feel inclined (and have already practiced wheel pose), flip your dog into Wild Thing. Open your heart, bending at your elbow (that is in the air). You are slowly flipping all the way around into Wheel Pose. After a few breaths, flip back over onto downward dog.

Add this to your practice after you are downward dog or if you are in side plank. This is one of my favorite poses. Make sure you breathe!








Wearing: Nike Pro spandex shorts, LOFT tank top in red,  Live Towards Love Crystal Yoga Bracelets, and Manduka Mod Pro (Extra long, limited edition) 


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