Yoga instructor Chelsey Korus on three essential moves you’ll need to practise for the Wild Thing pose. By Estelle Low
Photo: Nathan Johnson/Drift Studio NYC
If you’re comfortable doing backbend poses like bow and wheel so far, it’s time to take your yoga routine up a notch. This Wild Thing pose (pictured) may look like a tough balancing act, but it’s actually quite doable with proper training.
We asked Chelsey Korus (@chelseykorus), a US-based yoga instructor who was in Singapore recently to conduct a yoga class on behalf of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, to share just how to ease into that pose in the most natural, graceful way possible. We’re pretty sure you’ll start sporting her toned limbs after working on these moves!
1. Training for the pose
One-Legged Downward Facing Dog
In downward facing dog position, lift left leg high, bring heel towards butt and point knee towards ceiling. For a deeper hamstring stretch, drop left forearm to ground. Hold for five breaths and switch sides.
From downward facing dog, lower torso and hips to get into high plank. Shift weight to right hand and press palm firmly into ground. Lift left hand to ceiling and tighten core. Keep hips and spine in neutral position. Hold for five breaths and switch sides.
Sphinx With Thigh Stretch
Lie on belly with forearms on ground, then prop yourself up while lengthening legs behind you. Bring left heel towards butt and reach left arm back to hold inner side of foot, thumb facing up. Hold for five breaths and switch sides.
2. Attempting the pose
Begin in side plank on right side. Bring attention to right index finger and press palm firmly into ground. Float left leg and step it behind you. Use left hand to hold back of head, relaxing entire weight of head into hand. This allows heart and hips to rise, and head to fall back. Take five breaths. If you feel stable and comfortable, extend left hand overhead, keeping bicep in line with ear. Use core strength to roll back to side plank in a slow and controlled manner. Then ease into high plank and child’s pose to rest.