Vrschikasana (Scorpion Pose) – Weekly Advanced Class 29

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Focus

Chair backbends are again the focus of this weeks advanced class. In this class you will be guided through various versions of backbends that lead towards vrschikasana (scorpion Pose). Vrschikasana is an inverted backbend that uses pincha mayurasana (forearm balance) as a starting position. Eventually this pose is practiced free-balancing away from a wall, but here a chair and wall are used to assist you in focussing on key techniques.

On the way to vrschikasana the sequence begins with some standing poses linked with surya namaskar. Upward facing dog pose is explored with and without support, and urdhva dhanurasana is practiced lying over the frame of a chair.

Practice this class in tandem with its companion class, Weekly advanced Class 24, to expand your repertoire of chair backbends, and consolidate your understanding of this important group of poses.

Key Poses

Urdhva mukha svanasana, urdhva dhanurasana, vrschikasana 

Equipment

Mat, chair, bolster, 2 blankets, 2 blocks

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