Center Of Light Yoga

The Key To Flexibility

Scorpion Pose

The Anatomy Of Arm Support Poses



Arm support poses are normally challenging because hands are presented with the test of supporting the weight of the entire body. Dissimilar to feet, hands are not constructed to bear weight. Instead, their natural purpose is that of picking up and holding things. It is recommended that amateur students first practice and get a hold of standing poses before starting to undertake arm support positions. Lastly, remember to wear leggings, yoga pants, or workout clothes that will allow your body to move without restraints.

Vrschikasana (vrs-chee-kahs-anna) is a demanding pose that is usually categorized as an intermediate level inverted arm balance position. It works the arms, legs and spine while lengthening the anterior neck muscles, rhomboids and trapezius.

A perfect scorpion pose should look, unsurprisingly, similar to a scorpion ready to strike. Our legs simulate the tail of this wonderful animal, as the rest of our body falls onto the surface, with our arms and hands supporting it. To carry out this position appropriately one’s fingers should be widely spread, one’s forearms must be cozily pressed onto the surface, with a straight line falling from the shoulders down to the elbows. The gaze should be directed to a single point, and the legs must be kept as still as possible once they have fallen in a comfortable position for the spine.

Some tips to consider are the following:


  • To position your elbows shoulder width apart
  • To position your forearms parallel to each other
  • To keep your feet, torso, neck, head, and shoulders aligned before bending your legs downwards into scorpion pose
  • To press your forearms actively against the ground taking up the entire weight of your body
  • Likewise, make sure to bear the weight of your body with your arms, not your neck, to avoid any harm. It is important to keep these tips in mind when going into scorpion pose, as they make up the basis of this position and will help avoid any possible injuries.


In order to gain the strength, flexibility, and concentration that are needed to carry out this pose, you can practice preparatory positions like the dolphin pose or Ardha Pincha Mayurasana, dolphin plank pose or Makara Adho Muka Svanasana, camel pose or Ustrasana, wheel pose or Urdhva Dhanurasana, and feathered peacock pose or Pincha Mayurasana.

Once you have prepared your body and gained more flexibility you can go ahead into a full scorpion pose after doing preceding poses like the standing forwards bend or Uttanasana downward-facing dog position or Adho Muka Svanasana, supported headstand or Sirsasana, and supported shoulder stand or Salamba Sarvangasana. Succeeding poses can either include downward-facing dog position or Adho Muka Svanasana once again or child’s pose or Balasana.

Benefits related to this yoga pose are:


  • Releasing stress
  • Building stability
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Stimulating the nerves and endocrine system


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