One-Legged Stretched Out Scorpion Pose

Eka pada paripurna vrschikasana

What is One-Legged Stretched Out Scorpion Pose?

One-legged stretched out scorpion pose, or eka pada paripurna vrschikasana in Sanskrit, is a challenging inversion and deep backbend. With the forearms in scorpion, one leg extends to the front while the other stays bent. The pose requires both immense strength and flexibility.


  • Begin in dolphin with the forearms on the floor, shoulder width apart.
  • Inhale and kick one leg toward the sky, allowing the other to follow.
  • Balance here for a moment.
  • Exhale and bend the knees.
  • Straighten one leg in front while lowering the other leg so that the thigh is parallel to the floor, knee bent.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Inhale and lift the feet toward the sky.
  • Exhale and lower the legs to the floor.


  • Avoid if there is shoulder or back injury, high blood pressure, glaucoma, or a heart condition.

Benefits of One-Legged Stretched Out Scorpion Pose

  • Improves balance and focus.
  • Expands the lungs and chest.
  • Develops arm and core strength.
  • Tones the spine and increases spinal flexibility.
  • Develops self-confidence.

One-Legged Stretched Out Scorpion Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Eka pada paripurna vrschikasana
Pronunciation: eh-kah PAH-dah par-ee-POOR-nah vrish-chee-KAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Advanced
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Arm Balances, Backbends, Balancing, Chest Openers, Core, Inversions, Strength

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