Scorpion pose is good for the body as it helps to strengthen the muscles of the core, back, arms and shoulders. It can also increase flexibility in the spine. The other therapeutic benefits of this pose include:
- Bringing blood to the scalp, which may reduce hair loss
- Stimulating the nerves and endocrine system
- Slowing the aging process
- Alleviating varicose veins
In order to build the strength, flexibility and balance required by scorpion pose, it is recommended to practice a few other postures first. Dolphin pose (ardha pincha mayurasana) will strengthen the shoulders, camel pose (ustrasana) will improve flexibility in the spine, and headstand (sirsasana) will improve balance. Forearm stand (pincha mayurasana) is also recommended as a preparatory posture.
Beginners can modify this posture by practicing it against a wall or by resting the feet on a chair to help with balance.