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Strike a Yoga Pose: Forearm Stand Scorpion

I know this pose looks extremely difficult, but if you've practice doing it with a ball and in front of a couch, then you're ready to try it on your own. Scorpion pose will strengthen your shoulders, abs, back muscles, and improve your balance.

Sanskrit Name: Vrschikasana
English Translation: Scorpion Pose
Also Called: Forearm Stand Scorpion

To learn how to get into this pose read more.

  • To do Scorpion, you first need to get into Forearm Stand. Come onto your hands and knees and place your forearms on the mat. Straighten your arms out, creating a straight line between both elbows, forearms, and middle fingers. Try to keep your arms parallel, and don't let your elbows slide out to the sides (or you'll end up doing a face plant).
  • Walk your feet as close as you can towards your head and gaze between your hands, not at your feet.
  • Now lift your right leg straight up and work on taking little hops, so your left foot comes off the ground. Do this by bending your left knee slightly, and popping off the ball of your left foot. Keep your right leg lifted and work on holding your legs in split position.
  • Once you've found your balance, bring your legs together straight up towards the ceiling. Tucking your tailbone and ribs in will help you stay balanced.
  • To come into scorpion from this position, slowly bend your knees as you shift your chest forward slightly. This part takes a lot of practice, so if you lose your balance, just try again. If your back is extremely flexible, your feet will have no problem touching your head. If your spine isn't so bendy, you can hold Scorpion pose with your feet dangling above your head.
  • Hold for five deep breaths and then straighten your legs and lower your feet back to the floor.
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