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How To Do Scorpion Handstand, Vrschikasana in Ashtanga Yoga

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Vrschikasana in Ashtanga Yoga is a Scorpion Handstand that requires both strength and flexibility. Many people who are both strong and flexible have a hard time touching their feet to their head. This video shows you some tips and techniques to work this difficult pose. I'll also show some common mistakes so that you can be sure work the handstand with good technique and alignment.

Some tips:
1. Start off with your vertical line. The more flexible you are, the more important this is. If you're naturally bendy it can be too easy to just flop over into your backbend. But doing a backbend while balancing on your arms requires as much if not more structural integrity than doing a backbend while on your legs.
2. Lift and create space between all the joints of the spine. Maximize this sense of spaciousness by sending the chest forward and up and the feet forward and away from the center of the body.
3. Avoid squeezing the gluten or the hamstrings. If you try and bend your needs to get the tips of the toes to the head you may end up tightening the butt and over activating the hamstrings. Instead engage the muscles of the back rooting down into your hands. Lead forward with your knees to keep a sense of elongation.
4. The goal isn't actually to touch the feet to head. The goal of this pose is to articulate a dynamic extension of the spine. By doing a backbend while balancing on your arms the body is challenged to facilitate entry into each joint from a place of integrated strength. The goal is to strengthen and lengthen the whole body.
5. Head up. I can't say this enough. If you don't keep the head up it will be hard to recruit the upper back and way too easy to hinge in the lower back. Upper back flexibility distributes the work of the backbend throughout the entire back instead of relying on only the lower back. Upper back flexibility also allows you a deeper, fuller breath in the pose.
6. Fall. Learn how to safely fall into Urdhva Dhanurasana. This will help get over the fear.

And, of course, keep practicing!

15 Comments on How To Do Scorpion Handstand, Vrschikasana in Ashtanga Yoga

  1. Hashbrown 4eva // 16th June 2018 at 5:14 pm // Reply

    Great channel keep up the good work and this video really helped me and could u reply to me it would make me very happy


  3. Eelke Aptroot // 16th June 2018 at 5:29 pm // Reply

    Definitely a tricky one…

  4. John Garrison // 16th June 2018 at 5:53 pm // Reply

    Sometimes I see your videos and it goes from how to why would you?!

  5. Anthony Blackburn // 16th June 2018 at 5:55 pm // Reply

    Awesome Kino! You look incredible!

  6. Amazing !!

  7. iancaseydouglas // 16th June 2018 at 6:27 pm // Reply

    Thank you for describing the external form of the pose.

  8. ISRAEL SAN GIL // 16th June 2018 at 6:41 pm // Reply

    quiero un tutorial completo para hacer split y spagat. gracias

  9. tara cortes // 16th June 2018 at 7:17 pm // Reply

    far out!

  10. beautiful and talented as ever.loves it 🙂

  11. Wow…so much strength and balance

  12. Beautiful body Kino ❤

  13. Cyrenis Cherenfant // 16th June 2018 at 9:30 pm // Reply

    You are the prettiest sexiest yoga instructor ever!!

  14. Magnífico. Thanks

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