A Journey Inspired By KinoYoga and The Ashtanga Yoga Style
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Scorpion Pose, Vrschikasana
open the heart. find humility. move beyond ego.
Scorpion pose (Vrschikasana I – the full expression of the pose has the feet on the head) offers us strength and flexibility. It is an inversion, a shoulder opener and a backbend. This asana helps us develop strength and flexibility along with patience and tenacity. As we practice opening the shoulders, we learn patience and respect of our edges because it takes a long time to open the shoulders.
The backbend portion of scorpion pose asks us to open the heart. We find humility as we learn this pose due to the combined demands of the asana. As Mr. Iyengar says in Light on Yoga, “The yogi, by stamping on his head with his feet, attempts to eradicate these self-destroying emotions and passions (pride, anger, hatred, jealousy and intolerance). The subjugation of ego leads to harmony and happiness.”
Scorpion pose asks us to move beyond ego, to find our tenacity and to open to possibilities we think might not exist.
1. Kneel on the floor. Hold onto your elbows with opposite hands and place them on the ground. Keep your elbows where they are, but release your hands and bring your forearms to a parallel position in front of you, palms down.
2. Curl your toes under and straighten your legs. Walk your feet toward your elbows until your hips are aligned over your shoulders.
3. Gaze slightly forward and draw your shoulders upward. Lift your right leg to the sky, then bend your left knee slightly, and push off the floor to lift your left leg toward the sky. Find your balance here in Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand).
4. Bend your knees and lower your feet toward your head.
5. Balance in the pose for several breaths. Push back up intoForearm Stand, then exhale and carefully lower both feet to the floor.
BENEFITS Scorpion Pose is an extremely challenging pose with the following benefits:
- Strengthens the shoulders, back and legs
- Stretches the chest, hip flexors and shoulders
- Elevates heart rate
- Challenges balance, coordination, strength and perseverance
Week 1 and 2
I Practiced until my arms bled, I soon built resistance to the burns on my elbow, but the blood and pain did not deter me. With my mind set on the goal, I pushed full steam ahead, bandaged up my burns and bruises and kept on trying daily without fail. To begin with, I did no research as to how to enter this pose correctly, I just kicked up and went from there. THIS WAS A HUGE MISTAKE! It is very important to have direction and a mentor. Your arm positioning and posture is so very important in this pose. See Kinoyoga for direction.
After Joining a couple of groups on facebook, I was told that I needed to find my balance and really start get the Forearm handstand instead of just kick up and over.... This was great advice, please see below for the facebook groups that assisted me On my journey.
My Bali Trip Is Where I Had An Amazing Energy Shift
Whilst In Bali I Discovered That On My Journey To Handstand I May Just Be Able To Incorporate Scorpion
3 Months Into My Scorpion Journey
3.5 Months into my Journey
5 Months Into My Journey to Scorpion Pose
5.5 Months - Time to Challenge My Back Flexibility
6 Months Into Journey to Scorpion
Month 7 Journey to Scorpion
Month 8 Journey to Scorpion
Here Are My Tips To Date For Strengthening Through Your Journey
Yoga Scoprion Journey 12 months in
13 months into the journey and still practicing hard
A little Create Scorpion Fun whilst studying
Yoga becomes your life as your mind, body, and soul connect as one - June 2016 20 months into my Journey
Transitions to Handstand Scorpion
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Cheers Leisa Timms