Scorpion Pose


What is Scorpion Pose?

Scorpion pose, or vrschikasana in Sanskrit, is an advanced arm balance and deep backbend. From forearm balance pose, the yogi bends their knees so that feet come to the top of the head to resemble a striking scorpion. The pose requires immense strength, focus and confidence.


  • Begin in forearm balance pose.
  • Exhale and bend the knees while lifting the head up and arching the spine. Touch the toes or soles of the feet to the top of the head.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Inhale and stretch the legs up. Exhale and carefully bring the feet to the floor one at a time.


  • Avoid this pose if there is spinal injury or high blood pressure.

Benefits of Scorpion Pose

  • Strengthens the core, back, arms and shoulders
  • Expands the lungs
  • Stretches the abdominal region
  • Improves spinal elasticity
  • Brings fresh blood to the brain

Scorpion Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Vrschikasana
Pronunciation: vrsh-chi-KAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Advanced
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Arm Balances, Backbends, Balancing, Chest Openers, Inversions, Strength

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