Vrschikasana is one of the most important and advance asana in yoga with lots of health benefits. It is also known as The Scorpion Pose. The name Vrschikasana actually comes from Sanskrit words, it is a combination of two words, where Vrschikameans Scorpion and Asana means Pose, so the combination of all the words, its pronounced as a The Scorpion Pose. While doing Vrschikasana, your body resembles a scorpion with angled tail past its head and prepared to sting. Due to this Vrschikasana also named as The Scorpion pose.
Vrschikasana has lots of health benefits; among that some of the health benefits of Vrschikasana include stretches the full body, improved blood flow to the brain, improve the brain and eyes function, strengthen the back, abdominal, arms, shoulders, etc., keep your skin young and radiant, it also helps to improve the concentration and boost the memory power, keep healthy the adrenal glands and kidneys, relax the heart pericardium, and improves blood flow to the neck, face, and head.
Before we go to do this asana, we should know for whom this Vrschikasana is not recommended. Those who are suffering from severe back injury, hip injury, ankle injury and knee injury, recently any surgery on your back or waist, spinal column ailments on the lower vertebrae they should not do this asana. Those who are suffering from high or low blood pressure, they should not do this asana without any supervision. Those who are suffering from severe headache they should avoid this asana. Those suffering from any form of hernia should avoid this practice.
How to do Vrschikasana (The Scorpion Pose):
- To start this asana get onto the yoga mat and Kneel down on the yoga mat.
- Now, slant forward, keeping your elbows and lower arms addressing the floor with palms looking down.
- Place your arms separate from your shoulder as shoulder apart.
- Move your head towards the forward direction and raise it as your body allow; Now raise your rear end and keep your feet sturdily on the bottoms of your toes (In This progression perform Dolphin posture).
- Inhale, and gradually lift the two legs up and try to make both the legs straight, in the meantime try to maintain your body balance.
- Now then, attempt to delicately twist your knees and move your legs towards you, make a beeline for touch your head with your feet. (While doing this posture, keep in mind that; don't move your legs rapidly).
- Take a normal breathe in this position.
- Try to remain in this position as long as you can.
- For beginners, try to be in this position for 3 to 4 breathe.
- To release from this position, slowly get back to the starting position, keep your leg straight and take a deep breath and relax. Keep both the hands alongside your body.
- Now you can again do this asana. You should do minimum 10 repetitions of this asana for better result.
- Initially, when you start this yoga asana, you feel some pain in your legs, shoulders, abdominal, spine, thigh, and arms, but as you practice more you can do this asana more easily.
Health Benefits of Vrschikasana (The Scorpion Pose):
Vrschikasana Strengthen The Back and Abdominal Muscles:
The regular practice of Vrschikasana will help to keep our back and abdominal muscles strong and healthy, because while doing Vrschikasana, our spine is moving downward that helpful to reduce the hunch and squeeze the abdominal muscles. Different studies have been proven that regular practicing of Vrschikasana helps to improve the flexibility and elasticity of the spine and abdominal muscles, beside this it also helps to reduce the stiffness of the spine, thus reduce the back pain.
Vrschikasana Relieves Stress:
Due to increase of blood flow to the brain, this asana is very useful to reduce anxiety, stress and fear. Regular practice of Vrschikasana combined with slow breathing can reduce the stress and also it will help you to improve the brain function and quick decision making.
Vrschikasana Increases Focus:
This asana works against the gravitation because your head position is downward, so the blood flow to the brain is easy and volume is more. Due to increase in blood flow, brain gets more oxygen, thus your brain function will improve and your brain is more focused. Student can practice this asana on a regular basis to improve their concentration towards studies and they will focus more towards their carrier.
Vrschikasana Improves Eyes Health:
As we already discussed practice of this asana can improve the blood flow to the upper part of the body such as eyes. Blood carries oxygen, nutrient and other healthy thing, which is very useful for our eyes healthy. Studies say that by practicing this asana on a regular basis can reduce the risk of macular degeneration and other eye related issues.
Vrschikasana Increases Blood Flow to the Head and Scalp:
Vrschikasana is the one of the best asana, which is very good for our head and scalp health because it improve the blood flow to the head and scalp, which carries various nutrients to our body. Regular practicing this asana not only good for your scalps health, but also it is very good for our hair follicles and it reduce the hair fall.
Vrschikasana Strengthens Shoulders and Arms:
While practicing Vrschikasana your whole body weight is carried by your forearms and shoulders, which gives lots of pressure to your forearms and shoulder muscles and your muscles will tone and stranger day by day as you practice this asana.
Vrschikasana Helps to Flush Out the Adrenal Glands:
By practicing this Vrschikasana, your adrenal glands going upside, which put stress on the adrenal glands, thus promote the production of stress hormones, which helps to clean the adrenal glands. Regular practicing this asana on a regular basis can improve the function of adrenal glands and prevent various types of issue such as high in cholesterol.
Vrschikasana Improves Digestion:
Due to reverse the effects of gravity on your digestive organs, practicing this asana is very good for your digestive health. It helps to release stuck materials and gases. Because of an increase in blood flow to the digestive organs, they get proper nutrient, thus improve in digestive health.
Vrschikasana Reduces Belly Fat:
Different studies have been proven that regular practice of Vrschikasana is very helpful for our abdominal muscles and it also helps to reduce the fat from the belly region because while doing this asana it create lots of pressure on our abdominal muscles that helps to reduce the extra fat from the belly.
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