Pollock Journal | Issue 3: Where the Wild Things are

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Led by the Heart | by Paige Faure

mat - and we have ALL completed quite the balancing act over these last two

When a yoga teacher announces mid

years, and maybe needed to see things

class that you’ll now be moving into the

from another point of view at one time or

pose “wild thing”, it can sound a little

another.

intense. When we hear the word “WILD”,

despite its name, can prepare you for a

we imagine a tigress, or a late-night of

deeper peace, I believe, because it allows

partying, or kids running like banshees up

you let go a bit, reach for places (and

and down the hallways of your home.

muscles) you may not use in your day to

And if you practice yoga regularly, you

day life, and create space for imagination

may feel that way when you achieve it for the first time or have a particularly robust flow that day. But for me, the benefits

and

posture,

enlightenment

called

of

the

Camatkarasana

in

Sanskrit, are more subtle, more layered. Often called “flip dog” (dog being the downward

facing

kind),

wild

thing

is

challenging for beginners and seasoned yogis

alike

stability

because

and

knowledge

all

it

mobility, at

once.

requires trust It

uses

joint and the

muscles all along the back side of your body,

upper

arm

strength

and

hip

When

Whether

you

too. Learning how to bring your mind to your body and allowing it to open up in new ways will surely bring greater energy to your days, as long as it is done with some grace

focus, for

Over and over again, I feel the trust fall that wild thing is in my life off of the

a

lot

yourself

of as

whatever your WILD is.

forgiveness, you

grow

and into

n i g h t

wild

successful.

once,

intimidating, but there is a lesson in that

well. The posture can feel vulnerable

planned it to be good, beautiful and

thing

moving your body in new ways can feel

region, but oftentimes, emotionally as

have to go one way or exactly as we

wild

notice how you feel before or after -

stretches the space along your pectoral

reminder that everything in life does not

attempt

into it everyday with ease, take care and

- physically, because it literally

perspective can be quite freeing - a

asana,

spend years trying for it, or pop right up

comes from having an open heart space

down. If you will allow it, the change in

this

and compassion.

flexibility, but the real gift of wild thing

because it literally turns the world upside

practiced,

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