Vrschikasana B

Definition - What does Vrschikasana B mean?

Vrschikasana B is an advanced backbend from a handstand that requires strength, balance and flexibility. It is a more challenging variation of vrschikasana A, which is practiced from a forearm balance.

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.

The name of this pose comes from the Sanskrit, vrschika, which translates as “scorpion,” and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.” In English, it is called scorpion pose B because the posture looks like a scorpion with its tail curved. It is also referred to as scorpion handstand.

Yogapedia explains Vrschikasana B

Experienced yogis with advanced flexibility touch the crown of the head with their feet. Vrschikasana B provides an intense stretch of the spine, neck and legs; and 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 the connection to the higher Self, enlightenment and the creative energy of the universe.

  • Practicing vrschikasana B also has these benefits:
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Improved confidence
  • Stronger shoulders and abdominal muscles
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