Last day of the back bending month. Time for the most challenging pose so far: Vrschikasana – Scorpion Pose. Combining strength, with flexibility, with guts, with trust, with a deep heart opener. In the end version of this pose, your feet will be on top of your head. One day, one day.
Getting into Vrschikasana – scorpion pose
- Sit on your knees on the floor, place your elbows, lower arms and hands parallel to each other. Your arms shouldn’t be wider apart than your shoulders
- Place your toes on your yoga mat and raise your buttocks. Walk up as far as you can, bringing your buttocks (almost) above your head
- Bring your legs up together or one by one, so you are in Pincha Mayurasana (peacock pose)
- Slowly bend your knees, lift your head and neck as high as possible and lower your heels towards the top of your head
- If you are able to, press your knees and ankles together and point your toes towards the floor
- Stay in the pose for about 30 seconds then slowly come out of it
- Stand in Tadasana for a few seconds, before bending forwards in Uttanasana to release tension from your lower back
Benefits of Vrschikasana – scorpion pose
- Opens and stretches the lungs
- Strengthens the abdominal muscles
- Makes the spine more flexible
- Surrenders the ego
Our head is the center of our knowledge and power, but it’s also the center of our pride, anger, hatred, jealousy, intolerance and malice. In yoga these emotions are regarded deadlier than the poison of a scorpio. By kicking ourselves in the head with our own feet in Vrschikasana – scorpion pose we try to destroy these emotions, who can lead us to self destruction. By kicking ourselves in the head we try to create humility, tranquility and tolerance inside of us and by replacing the destructive emotions with these good qualities we try to kill the ego.
Source: Iyengar – Light on Yoga / Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long / Ashtanga – David Swenson / Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati