The Scorpion Pose, or Vrischikasana, is a deep balancing pose. It may look intimidating, but with practice, this is a posture within the intermediate level.
About Scorpion Pose
Vrischikasana comes from the Sanskrit word for scorpion, "vrischika." In full posture, the yogi resembles a scorpion with its tail high in the air.
This asana has the primary benefit of stretching the:
Do not perform scorpion pose if you have severe shoulder or neck problems.
Step into the Pose
To Perform Scorpion Pose
- Begin in Child's pose, leaving the forearms and elbows flat on the floor.
- Arc your head up and back, and then push your buttocks into the air and lift up onto your toes.
- On an inhale, swing your legs up, as if going into a handstand. Align them over your head.
- On an exhale, bend the knees, letting the feet extend out over the front of the head.
- Hold for 20 seconds, and release with control back into Child's pose.
It is highly recommended to first perform this pose under the direction of a certified instructor.
It is best to be adept at other balancing postures before attempting this, and then ask a yoga teacher to guide you. Practicing against a wall will reinforce form.
As your body increases flexibility, rest your feet atop your head.