morning Yoga class

Posted by Cora Wen Monday, November 9, 2009

Last week @yoga_mydrishti @innerspaceyoga were tweeting about Yoga and they asked about Scorpion pose.

I gave tips on how to use a chair to practice the pose and Nancy asked for more info on how to use the chair. I decided to film a short vid this morning to help explain

The video is me in the am in my pajamas (Hindi word "paijama" - Pai = leg, jama = garment).

It is not meant as instruction, and there is lots more to teach about the pose than I am showing. Please recognise that you need to know your own limitations and capabilities.

As indicated I do recommend you have a strong headstand - 5 mins, forearm balance - 2-3 mins and be able to do handstand without help.

Hope this is helpful in some way for understanding of this pose.

Vrischikasana, Vrichikasana, Vrishchika Asana, Vischika or Vrishchik Asan, Pincha-Vrishchikasana. In Sanskrit, Vrishchikasana is scorpion

The position of the body resembles a scorpion when it gets ready to strike its victim by arching its tail above its back & and striking the victim beyond its own head. Before attempting pose you should be comfortable in holding Headstand for 5 minutes, Forearm Balance for 3 mins & and Handstand since these are ways to enter Scorpion.
  • develops sense of balance - internal and external
  • arched position of body increases flexibility and stimulates spinal nerves
  • strengthens shoulders, arms, abdominals and back muscles
  • Improves circulation and increases blood flow to brain and pituitary gland
  • Tones reproductive organs

This pose tones the spine and revitalizes all body systems and promotes balance and harmony to mind & body.


  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Stone cold fox!

  3. Thanks for posting this, Cora! The advice about lifting the belly and the thighs makes a huge difference...

    Next request: kapotasana. :-)

    For when you get back from your travels.

  4. Nikki Chau Says:
  5. Thumbs up on the thumb up from Cora Wen. :)


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