Vrschikasana (scorpion pose). This class highlights the similarities and differences between forearm balance (pincha mayurasana) and scorpion pose. It offers a step-by-step progression for linking one pose to the other. Vrschikasana is an advanced asana that combines aspects of both inversions and backbends. Eventually this demanding pose is practiced by placing the soles of your feet on the top of your head, whilst balancing on your forearms. Thankfully the pose also has a variety of preparatory variations that students from a wider range of experience levels can find accessible and beneficial. These variations can also be practised as ends in themselves and can great for improving shoulder mobility and upper body strength. Like most backbends, they are also great for boosting energy levels and imparting a sense of vigour and vitality.