Sanskrit word “Vrischika” means scorpion. While performing this asana the body resembles a scorpion with its tail arched above its head ready to sting its victim, therefore this asana is also known as the scorpion pose.
Benefits of the Scorpion Pose (Vrischikasana):
Vrichikasana helps to make the muscles of hands and arms stronger, as the entire weight of body is balanced on hands and provide more strength to palms and the wrists. While performing Vrischikaasana regularly the disorders of abdomen would be eliminated gradually. This asana also helps in keeping your spine flexible and more elastic.
How to perform the Scorpion Pose (Vrischikasana)
– Kneel on the floor and lean forward placing your elbows and forearms flat on the floor with palms facing down. The arms should be placed about shoulder-distance apart.
– While extending your head forward lift it as high as possible.
– Raise your hips and place the feet firmly on the toes.
– Breathe-in a swing the legs up over the head. While maintaining balance, bring your legs straight up over your head.
– Slowly bend your knees and drop both legs toward your head. Be careful and do not move too quickly. Drop the legs as far as possible while maintaining the balance.
– Hold the posture as long as you feel comfortable, then reverse the steps back and return to kneeling position #1.
Durations/Repetitions of the Scorpion Pose (Vrischikasana)
Hold the asana as long as you are comfortable. While returning back to the starting position it will take some strength, so don’t hold the asana too long. For early attempts 20-30 seconds is enough which can be increase gradually as you become more proficient.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Scorpion Pose (Vrischikasana)
Vrichikasana is a difficulty level 9 asana recommended for advanced level yoga practitioner