Beginner’s Guide to Scorpion Pose


By: Gaia Staff  |  September 25, 2013

We’ve all had that moment in a yoga class where we hear that unfamiliar Sanskrit word vrschikasana and look over to see the person to our left or right with feet resting on shoulders and a rubber band spine making its way into a circle. Simultaneously, we are mystified and motivated. We want to assume the scorpion! Here are three tools to help you find your scorpion.

  1. Strength

Shoulder strength is essential.Begin to create strong scapula muscles with dolphin pushups. Start in your dolphin pose and on an inhale, bring shoulders over wrists coming into a dolphin plank. On your exhale, press up and back to dolphin pose. Try these in sets of 10 to start and over time, move to sets of 20 and 30.

  1. Flexibility

Camel pose is a great way to open the heart and lumbar spine, two motions that are key to enabling a scorpion pose.Try holding your camel pose for 5-10 breaths. Falling back into a camel pose is an awesome step to exploring some pre-inversion trust as well.

  1. Trust

Fear is our largest barrier in our yoga practice and in the broader scope of our lives as well. Your desire to learn vrschikasana already demonstrates a piece of your fearlessness. Trust is key to any inversion practice. To build confidence, work first with headstand variations. Make your head and arms your new feet and then move to giving your forearms a try!


 

Leigh Stewart

Taking her first yoga class at the age of 12, Leigh found the greatest challenge on the mat to be the stillness of savasana. Four years later, she was introduced to power vinyasa yoga and found the invigorating practice and breath-work energizing beyond any exercise she had experienced before. Throughout her college years, Leigh explored yoga to compliment her time spent on the basketball court.  Finding greater physical and mental balance between studies and social life, and experiencing the healing power of yoga; upon injuring herself during her sophomore season, Leigh set out to share the benefits of yoga with others in 2011. Certified through Yoga to the People, Leigh began bringing power yoga to her fellow students at Wesleyan University.  Additionally, she started offering free yoga workshops to explore topics at greater depths. During her collegiate years, Leigh introduced kid’s yoga to a local arts education center, Green St. Arts in Middletown Connecticut. In 2013, she completed her kids yoga certification at It’s Yoga Kids in San Francisco and her Street Yoga Training in Portland, Oregon. In February 2013, she and her yogi partner in crime, Shira Engel, led a free kids yoga teacher training, certifying 20 individuals to brings kids yoga to underserved populations. In Spring 2013, she and Shira also co-taught Yoga Theory and Practice, a student led Wesleyan University course.  The two launched their blog Sequence of the Day this July, which offers a daily yoga sequence to the online yoga community. Leigh currently resides in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands and teaches sunrise, kids, and sunset yoga daily at Paradise Cove Resort.
Website: www.leighstewart.com
Blog: www.sequenceoftheday.tumblr.com


 

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