Vrschikasana – Scorpion Pose

Vrschikasana – Scorpion Pose

Vrschikasana is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Vrschika(Scorpion) andasana (posture or pose). The reason for the name Vrschikasana is, this pose resembles the position of the Scorpion. It is called as Scorpion Pose in English.

Preparatory Poses for Vriksasana are Pincha Mayurasana, Bhujangasana, Adho Mukha Vrikshasana, Sarvangasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana and Shirsasana; and the follow-Up Poses are CaturSvanasana and Adho Mukha Svanasana.

Vrschikasana is one of the extremely challenging expert level yoga pose. To practise this pose, one should need to combine the strength and balance together.


  1. Start with Forearm Stand Pose (pinchamayurasana) on your yoga mat.
  2. Slowly bend the knees and raise the head.
  3. By lowering the feet towards the head, bring the body into a deep back-bend gradually.
  4. Keep your knees together.
  5. Note: beginners may find it difficult. For those, at least try to keep your toes together.
  6. Hold in this position for few seconds (10 to 50 seconds).
  7. Breathing should be normal.
  8. Exit the pose by come back to the Forearm Stand Pose (pinchamayurasana).


  • Increases the focus and the concentration.
  • Strengthens the Thigh, legs, forearms, and shoulders.
  • Helps to strengthen the Vertebral column, torso, back and legs.
  • Stretches the chest and hip flexors.
  • Stretches and strengthens shoulders.
  • Improves the stability, coordination and balance.
  • Improves the flexibility to the entire body.
  • Stimulates and tones abdominal muscles.
  • Regulates the heart rate.
  • Improves the stamina.
  • Helps to stretches the Thigh, Shoulder, Thorax and Groin.
  • Regulates the digestion system.


People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.

  • Back injuries
  • Heart diseases
  • Menstruation
  • Pregnant women
  • Spinal injuries
  • Vertigo
  • Hip Problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Wrist Injuries

Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.

It’s must to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.

Always listen to your body, and know your limits. While practise, if you find any pain or discomfort, please exit the pose and ask for the expert’s guidance and doctor’s advice.

Beginners please do not practise this pose by yourself that would cause the injuries.

To master this pose, one should overcome the fear of falling.

At the beginning you can practise with the support of the wall.