Vrschikasana I (Scorpion Pose) registers as 32* on BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty. AsÂ Iyengar explains, Vrschikasana I resembles a scorpion preparing to strike.
In the past month or so, I’ve learned how to balance in Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand) in the center of the room, but I don’t feel comfortable trying this variation in the center of the room yet. So, I work on Vrschikasana I against a wall.
First, take Pincha Mayurasana against the wall, leaving about a foot of space between your fingertips and the wall. If you feel solid in Pincha Mayurasana against the wall, start exploring walking your toes down the wall, towards your head. Keep your head lifted, melt your heart towards the floor and maybe, just maybe, toy with removing your feet from the wall. I’m comfortable balancing for a bit with my feet away from the wall, but when it comes to reaching my feet towards my head, I’m not quite there yet!
As with so many of the poses I’ll be talking about in the next few weeks, in Vrschikasana I it’s important to exercise caution, patience and a very good sense of humor. Some day my feet may touch my head. Or they won’t. The fun lives in the discovery, exploration, and honoring of the edges in my practice.