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Partner Yoga Pose: Down Dog Scorpion

Backbends top my list of favorite yoga poses. It feels great to arch my spine and stretch through my abs and chest. Some backbends are more challenging than others though, like Scorpion. Since it involves balancing on your forearms as well as bending your back, you might need a little help getting into it. You can do Scorpion on a ball or in front of a couch, but if you have a friend nearby, give this partner pose a try.

To see a video showing how to get into this,


  • Partner #1 (black shirt) comes into Downward Facing Dog.
  • Partner #2 (lilac shirt) stands to the left side of Partner #1 and places her hands behind Partner #1's hands. Then she lays her belly on Partner #1's back, so her feet are off the floor.
  • Then Partner #2 presses her belly into her partner's upper back, lifts her legs up and bends her knees. She raises her head up, too, actively arching her spine, working on lowering her feet to her head.
  • Then Partner #2 lowers her legs back down, and steps her left foot and then her right onto the floor and stands up. Then they switch roles and Partner #1 gets a chance to try Scorpion.
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doogirl doogirl 8 years
Ummmm, this one is just not for me. It's cool looking, but there's just no way I'd try it.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
That is crazy! I would end up injuring myself and the other person.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
ooh wow Fit, you can scratch your scalp with your toes ;)
almostloli almostloli 8 years
hahahah was laughing so hard reading therword's comment! :D
mscc mscc 8 years
haha, therword. My thoughts exactly. This is a pretty impressive move if one can manage it.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
I never liked scorpions anyway.
misskacie misskacie 8 years
I'm laughing because while this is very beautiful, I'd have to be the less interesting down-dog person. I'm 6'1" and me being the "scorpion" part would probably somehow land most of my friends in the emergency room. :)
lollofit lollofit 8 years
Um.. fit this looks like it could be kind of a dangerous one, no? I'd be afraid to try it.
therword therword 8 years
What is this, Cirque du Soleil?
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Fit, I have to say that I love when you post these poses. I don't do yoga myself (someday...), but you look absolutely beautiful in these poses. This one is so impressive, I'm blown away!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
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