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Yoga Pose of the Week: Handstand Scorpion

Strike a Yoga Pose: Handstand Scorpion

There are so many variations of scorpion pose like Locust Scorpion and Forearm Stand Scorpion, but Handstand Scorpion is my favorite. It's one of the most challenging poses you can try because it requires the three zingers — balance, strength, and flexibility.

Sanskrit Name: Vrschikasana B
English Translation: Scorpion B Pose
Also Called: Handstand Scorpion

To learn how to do this pose

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  • I know this pose is insanely difficult, so if handstand isn't happening for you quite yet, practice this pose in front of a wall.
  • Begin in Downward Facing Dog. If you're in front of a wall, place your fingertips 15 inches away from the wall.
  • Walk your feet as far as you can toward your hands. Lift your right leg in the air, coming into Three-Legged Dog.
  • Bend your left knee slightly and jump off the ball of your left foot, coming into handstand. Find your balance and slowly bend your knees, arching your back and lowering your toes toward the top of your head. If you're in front of a wall, lean the tops of your feet into the wall and inch them down toward your head.
  • Hold this pose for five breaths, then straighten your legs up to the ceiling and lower them back into Down Dog.
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