Translation: Arm Balance Scorpion
One of the more challenging arm balance yoga positions. It requires upper body strength and lower back flexibility. In the complete posture the feet are placed on the head which relieves the spine of pressure. This requires tremendous back flexibility but this posture can be done as a great back stretch in your yoga sequences.
The breath sways the body. Short shallow breaths may be more beneficial in the learning stages of this pose. You can let the legs hang apart or unite the inner big toes with a little force.
The fingers are really important in maintaining balance. Applying pressure on them and releasing them in harmony with the breath can give you a security and balance. This enables you to relax for a long period of time in the Arm Balance Scorpion.
Vinyasa Yoga Sequencing and Flowing
Vinyasa Yoga postures to transition from and to:
Yoga Teacher Tips
Try to build up arm strength and back flexibility before performing these kind of postures in class. If practitioners are practicing in a class without a wall they will be falling over. Even with a wall the back is vulnerable because of the force and weight of the legs. This pose should be done only in advanced classes.
“To say something can only be done in advanced classes is a little contrary. Here is an example why. The class is in crane pose (with the feet on the mat for beginners) and you want to offer more advanced stuff. Offer people crane pose then if they are strong offer handstand as a choice and then into a handstand backbend. This way the student chooses their own level. This is all inclusion instruction and can be applied many times with many different poses throughout a class.”