Eka Pada Paripurna Vrschikasana

Definition - What does Eka Pada Paripurna Vrschikasana mean?

Eka pada paripurna vrschikasana is a challenging asymmetrical asana variation on pincha mayurasana or forearm stand that requires considerable core strength and flexibility. As well as a range of physical benefits, it is believed to build balance, focus and concentration. Its name comes from the Sanskrit eka, which means "one”, pada which means “leg”, paripurna which means “full” or “complete”, vrschika which means “scorpion” and asana, which means "posture" or "seat.”

It is so called because the shape of the body balancing on the forearms with the lower body curled over the upper is thought to resemble a scorpion. Eka pada paripurna vrschikasana may also be known in English as one-legged stretched out scorpion pose.

Yogapedia explains Eka Pada Paripurna Vrschikasana

Traditionally, eka pada paripurna vrschikasana is practiced using bhrumadhya drishti, keeping the gaze focused on the space between the eyebrows or the third eye point. This helps with balance and concentration in the posture. It is also thought to connect the yogi with their powers of intuition and insight, which are centred in ajna chakra, the third eye point.

Due to the heart opening nature of the posture, it is associated with cultivating openness to vulnerability and compassion. Its challenging nature means it requires courage to attempt and can therefore build confidence.

An easier posture that can have some similar benefits and also works with bhrumadhya drishti is matsyasana or fish pose. This may be more appropriate for beginners.

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