Scorpion Pose

Definition - What does Scorpion Pose mean?

Scorpion pose is an advanced posture that is both an inversion and a backbend. This pose requires a lot of shoulder strength, as well as balance and flexibility. The practitioner must also trust their body and overcome their fear of falling.

To enter this posture, the practitioner assumes a forearm balance (pincha mayurasana). Then the back arches and the knees are bent so that the feet dangle close to the head.

Scorpion pose gets its name from the fact that the body is shaped like a scorpion's tail when it's poised to strike. The Sanskrit name for scorpion pose is vrschikasana.

Yogapedia explains Scorpion Pose

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.

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