Camatkarasana (Flip Dog or Wild Thing Pose)

English Name(s)

Flip Dog

Wild Thing Pose

Sanskrit

camatkarasana / चमत्कारासन

Pronunciation

cah-maht-kah-RAHS-anna

Meaning

camatkarasana : “the ecstatic”

 

Camatkarasana or the Flip Dog Pose meticulously combines backbend and single hand balance. Therefore, before practicing this asana or yoga pose, it is important to work on the strength of your arms and shoulders.

This pose energizes your spirit and mind. It also improves one’s self-confidence and is a great heart opener. The combined backbend and stretching effects of the Camatkarasana bring great joy to its practitioners and lets their wild side shine. Hence this asana is also called the Wild Thing Pose.

Physical Benefits:

This pose stretches different parts of your body such as neck, chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, upper back, hamstrings and psoas.

It enables you to build strength in your shoulders and upper arms. It opens up your hips and hip flexors. Additionally, it also strengthens the back muscles and improves spinal mobility.

A lot of people unconsciously carry a large amount of tension in their shoulders. The Camatkarasana helps to relieve this tension and relaxes your body. It also helps to reduce fatigue. If you are interested in building core-muscle strength, then this asana is perfect for you.

The Wild Thing Pose also improves digestion, reduces anxiety and makes your immune system better. Along with that, it improves your sense of balance and can also improve your blood circulation.

Energetic Benefits:

The Camatkarasana energizes your body and mind. If you suffer from mild depression, then you will benefit by practicing this asana. This pose also makes you fearless.

You can activate your Throat (Vishuddha) Chakra and the Solar Plexus (Manipura) Chakra by performing the Wild Thing Pose. This pose is also associated with the Heart (AnahataChakra, which is linked to universal love, peace, acceptance and confidence. Thus when you practice this asana, it opens and stimulates your heart center, and makes you happy and open-minded.

Contraindications:

When performing any backend poses, you must be careful. Camatkarasana is no different. This is why it is necessary that you take some precautionary measures when practicing this asana.

Firstly, if you have shoulder injuries, avoid this pose completely. If you are already suffering from an injury to the wrist, neck, shoulder, rotator cuff, elbows, or have carpal tunnel syndrome, back injury, etc., then also you should stay away from the Flip Dog Pose. Even if your injury is entirely healed, it is recommended that you consult your instructor first before trying out this asana.

This pose is also not suitable for heart patients or people who have undergone heart surgeries. People suffering from blood pressure should not practice this asana because in Camatkarasana the blood flows in the opposite direction.

The releasing of this yoga pose requires that a practitioner understands the concept of body weight perfectly. This makes it easier for them to control their body because lack of body control can lead to severe consequences.

Finally, individuals suffering from migraine should avoid the Wild Thing Pose as well because it can increase the pressure on their brain and can intensify migraine attacks.

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