One of my favorite yoga poses is Camatkarasana — also known as Wild Thing — because of how fun and playful and expansive it feels. There is also a certain kind of surrender that happens as your heart & hips move up towards the sky, while you press into the ball of one foot and the outer edge of the other, balancing on one hand and reaching the other arm up and overhead. If you close your eyes, despite the grounded points of one hand and two feet, it can feel like you’re doing a backwards swan dive into the ocean, where the salty waters are ready and waiting to catch you.
The best part (aside from the exhilaration of the pose) is one translation of its Sanskrit name:
Camatkarasana: the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart…
How beautiful is that?
A posture that invites us to express our hearts, whatever they may hold, in a safe and sacred way.
An invitation to unfurl, disentangle, stretch out, expand, loosen, unravel.
The asanas or physical postures of yoga can help us to stretch out our physical bodies, but yoga also serves to help us find ways to self-express, to accept ourselves fully. What if how we moved through the world, on and off the yoga mat, was a continual expression of joy, of love, of kindness, of play?
What if instead of wishing ourselves to be “better”, we practice radical acceptance of what is and of who we are, surrender to each moment and choose to seek out the gifts, the lessons, the wild unencumbered joy that exists right now?
Remember: you don’t have to jump on a yoga mat to practice yoga.
Let go and be you, wild thing.