Vrischika means scorpion in sanskrit. In order to sting its victim, the scorpion arches its tail above it back and then strikes beyonds its head. This asana resembles a striking scorpion. In the full expression of the posture the back will assume a deeper arch and the feet will come close to the head. It is good to begin with a simple forearm stand so you can find your balance and then progress to a full back bend in the final posture .
How to do Vrischikasana?
– Assume the final position of sirshasana or headstand.
– Relax the whole body, bend the knees and arch the back
– Maintain balance and carefully move the forearms so they lie parallel to eachother on either side of the head.
– Transfer the weight on the forearms and find balance.
– Lower the feet as far as possible toward the head.
– Slowly raise the head backward and upward.
– Raise the upper arms so they are vertical.
– Hold the final position for as long as is comfortable.
Vrischikasana reorganizes prana in the body, arresting the physical ageing process. It improves blood flow to the brain and pituitary gland, revitalizing all the body’s systems. The arched position stretches and loosens the back, toning the nerves of the spine. It strengthens the arms and develops the sense of balance.
This asana should not be practiced by people with high blood pressure, vertigo, cerebral thrombosis or heart disease. All cautions for strenuous, inverted postures apply.