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Vrischika asana or The Scorpion yoga Pose With Steps and Benefits

Vrischika asana or The Scorpion yoga Pose With Steps and Benefits

Posture : Vrischika asana or The Scorpion Pose

Translation : Vrischika in the Sanskrit language is used word for scorpion. This posture is named like this because the body resembles a scorpion with its tail arched above its head ready to sting its victim. Although it may not be a simple posture for beginners to perform, the Scorpion is not as difficult as it may at first seem to you.

Pronunciation : vrik-shah-sa-na

Difficulty : Level 7

Instructions :

  1. Kneel on the floor and lean forward placing the elbows and forearms flat on the floor with the palms facing down. Your arms should be placed about shoulder-distance apart.
  2. Extend your head forward and lift it as high as possible.
  3. Raise the buttocks and place the feet firmly on the bottoms the toes.
  4. Inhale a swing the legs up and over the head while maintaining your balance. Bring the legs straight up over your head.
  5. Slowly bend the knees and drop the legs toward the head being careful not to move too quickly or drop the legs to far while maintaining balance.
  6. Reverse the steps above and return to a kneeling position.

Comments :

The Scorpion should not be attempted until you are comfortable with all the balance postures (e.g.: Vriksha asana, Ekapada asana, etc.) as well as the Headstand (Sirsha-asana). Beginners should do this posture under the supervision of a qualified teacher. When first attempting the Scorpion asana you may want to try it while facing a wall. Position yourself so that when you are doing step #1 above your head is about 2 - 3 feet from the wall. This way if you lose your balance you can use the wall for support. This posture will provide maximum stretch to the neck, spine and chest. It combines many of the benefits of the Chakra-asana (the Wheel posture) and the Sirsha-asana (the Headstand).

Duration / Repetitions :

Hold the vrischika-asana for as long as you are comfortable. Keep in mind that returning from the posture gracefully without falling out of it will take some strength, so don't hold it too long. 20-30 seconds is fine for early attempts, increase the time gradually as you become more proficient.

Variations :

There are two common variations to this posture illustrated and described below :

To do the first variation, illustrated above, after entering the Scorpion as described above slowly raise the legs straight up until your feet are directly over your head (you won't, of course, be able to see this but you will easily be able to feel when they are properly positioned). This variation requires a bit more strength and a stronger sense of balance then pose described above.

Benefits of Vrischika Asana

  1. It Provides multiple benifits of other yoga poses.
  2. This asana or posture combines many of the benefits of the Chakra-asana (the Wheel posture) and the Sirsha-asana (the Headstand) which are explained in this blog.

  3. This pose promotes balance and brings harmony to the body and the mind.
  4. Since you have to stand on your lower body when doing this pose, it helps in maintaining good balance of the body. It is also good for your posture. It requires the control over whole body and mind and this yoga posture increases the mental focus.

  5. It creates a better blood flow in the body
  6. With the regular practice of this asana there will be increases blood flow to the brain and pituitary glands and revitalizes all the body systems and refreshes your mind.

  7. It also helps to increase the circulation in the lower limbs and the abdomen, and tones the reproductive organs for healthy sexual life.
  8. This pose helps in improving the functioning of the heart and increases Blood flowrate in lower limbs or body parts. Blood circulation in the heart is also increased by doing this asana. Also blood rushing into lower body part including the sexual parts which tones the reproductive organs for healthy sexual life and make you stay away for many sexual diseases.

  9. It Makes body Flexible.
  10. Also this posture provides maximum stretch to the neck portion, spine and chest and the abdominal muscles make the muscles flexible there. Since this exercise includes the streaching and the movement of the muscles of neck, spine, chest and abdominal muscles it increases the flexibility there by a large extent.

  11. It also help in the strengthening of the arms, shoulders, back and fully expands the lungs.
  12. The streaching parts in this yogs will surely make your arms, shoulders, back stronger and also makes your lungs expand to its fullest making the need of oxygen to your body upto the mark.


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