Vrschikasana B

Definition - What does Vrschikasana B mean?

Vrschikasana B is an advanced handstand with a backbend that challenges the yogi's balance, strength and flexibility. The name comes from the Sanskrit, bhuja, meaning “arm”; vrschika, which translates as “scorpion”; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.”

Vrschikasana B begins from a basic handstand (adho mukha vrksasana). The legs then drop backward toward the crown of the head while the back arches. The neck arches so the drishti is toward the ground.

In English, vrschikasana B is called scorpion handstand because the posture resembles a scorpion with a curved tail.

Vrschikasana B

Yogapedia explains Vrschikasana B

Experienced yogis with advanced flexibility can touch the crown of the head with their feet. Vrschikasana B provides an intense stretch of the spine, neck and legs. While it requires physical balance, it also promotes spiritual and mental balance.

As an inversion, vrschikasana B sends prana (life force energy) from the muladhara (root) chakra to the sahasrara (crown) chakra, which is associated with awareness and mental clarity. Sahasrara is also the connection to the Higher Self, enlightenment and the creative energy of the universe.

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