The scorpion pose is an advanced pose and should not be attempted by beginners.
There are two different variations of this pose; the arm stand and the hand stand scorpion poses. The only difference between the two is that the arm stand balances your body on your forearms resting on the floor, while the hand stand balances your body on the whole arms with only your palms resting on the floor.
Kneel on the ground with your knees hip width apart. Bend forward and rest your forearms on the floor with the palms facing the ground and your fingers spread wide. Your elbows and hands should be shoulder width apart.
Scorpion Pose Yoga
Lean your head forward and raise your hips and buttocks. Inhale and swing your legs straight over your head. Try to balance your body on your arms. Bend your knees and drop your feet towards your head. If you are comfortable you can rest your feet on your head.
Remain in this position for at least 20 seconds and return to the normal position by repeating the steps in the reverse order.
For the hand stand, do not rest your elbows and forearms on the ground, but just bring your palms to rest on the floor and then lift your body off the floor by balancing the weight on your palms.
Benefits of the scorpion pose
- This pose increases the vitality of the body
- Increases the muscular strength of the hands and wrists
- Works on the abdomen and enhances the activity of the digestive system
- Increases the flexibility of the spine
- Shapes the body
As a beginner to yoga it is not advisable to practice this pose, but if you have been practicing yoga for a while and you are trying this pose for the first time, I would advise you to use a wall or a bench for support.