Vrschikasana (Scorpion Pose)

English Name(s)
Scorpion Pose
Sanskrit
वृश्चिकासन/ vrschikaasana
Pronunciation
vrush-chick-ah-sa-nah
Meaning
vrschika :”scorpion”
asana: “posture”

Vrschikasana is an advanced-level pose that can be quite challenging. It is a combination of a backbend and forearm balance pose. Flexibility, balance, arms, and shoulder strength are required for successfully performing this yoga pose or asana.

You start with a forearm balance pose after which you bend your knees. This leads to your feet landing near your head, and an arch is created in your back. The best time to perform this asana is in the morning because during this period your mind is clear and free from all stress/tension.

Before attempting this pose, you should perform some warm-up exercises to prepare your body for the challenge ahead. Please keep in mind that there should be an interval of 10 to 12 hours between your meal and practice. Also, while performing this pose, your bowels and stomach should be empty.

Physical Benefits:

The Scorpion Pose strengthens your back, torso, legs, forearms, and shoulders. It also expands and stretches the diaphragm and other muscles in your chest and shoulder area.

This asana improves your stamina. It helps to get rid of excess belly fat and tones your arm muscles. It also stretches and contracts your hip muscles like the psoas, gluteus maximus, adductor, etc. This keeps your legs strong and well-toned.

Regular practice of this asana increases blood flow toward your brain, which improves your memory and concentration.

Along with that, Vrschikasana also enhances the flexibility of your spinal cord, shoulders, and upper arm. It challenges your strength, coordination, and perseverance. It also helps you to develop an excellent sense of balance.

Our neck, shoulder, back, and spine areas are said to accumulate a lot of stress. This asana stimulates those areas and releases all the tension. It also helps to reduce anxiety.

The Scorpion Pose works perfectly on the thyroid glands and improves their functioning. It also massages the facial muscles. As a result, the wrinkles around the neck and face area are reduced.

Furthermore, this pose also reduces tension in the neck region. This prevents spondylitis from occurring and is quite beneficial for stiff neck.

Energetic Benefits:

Vrschikasana activates and balances the Crown (Sahasrara) Chakra, the Third Eye (Ajna) Chakra, the Throat (Vishuddha) Chakra, and the Heart (AnahataChakra.

This asana promotes happiness and energy. The practitioners of this pose feel more connected with others and become more open-minded.

Contraindications:

There are a few things that you should keep in mind while practicing the Scorpion Pose. If you are suffering from a hip injury, back-related problems, high blood pressure, and heart conditions, then Vrschikasana is not suitable for you.

Also, this pose is not suitable for beginners. You should practice it only after reaching the advanced yogi stage. Even then it should be performed under the strict guidance of your yoga teacher and after your instructor gives you the go-ahead.

Going into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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