‘Vrishchika’ means a scorpion. In this asana, the body assumes the pose of a scorpion. So it is called Vrishchikasana. Those who can practise Sheershasanaor Hastavrikshasanafor a long time can practise this asana with ease and comfort.
Technique : A beginner should practise this asana with the support of a wall. Place the forearms and the elbows on the floor. Push against the floor lightly with the legs. Slowly move the legs five cms away from the wall and try to balance the body on the forearms. Breathe normally. Practise this for a few days. After achieving proficiency, bend the legs at the knees and try to place the soles on the head. Patient practice will in time impart the necessary ability to balance the body on the palms braced on the ground.
(1) This asana strengthens the arms and the shoulders. It gives sufficient exercise to the abdominal muscles.
(2) The spine is turned backward in this asana which brings flexibility and imparts radiance and youth to the body.
(3) It has all the advantages of Sheershasana, Chakrasana and Dhanurasana.