Wild Thing Pose
This is a pose we all love and know as, ‘flipping your Dog.’ Enter from Adho Mukha Svanasana-Down Dog, lift R leg up and bend knee, keeping thigh and knee high and open. Bring weight onto L hand as R foot comes down behind L hip, as close to hip as possible. Knee can remain bent, but try to keep R leg extended, pressing down into feet, lifting hips and heart as high as you can. It feels like you unfurl into a one sided back bend. Let head and R arm extend back and up.
A small note to help maintain high hips after flipping, look under L arm at L foot as long as possible, until the R leg is over and almost down. To return to Down Dog, flip back the way you came, bringing L arm over to floor, returning R leg back to mat. When you become advanced, you can take this pose into Urdhva Dhanurasana- back bend.
Health Notes: As with the chest and heart openers, helps with depression, and fatigue. Strengthens arms, legs, and back. keeps spine flexible.