A photo adventure documenting an inversion workshop Ali and I did today. One of the poses we focused on was Vrischikasana (Scorpion Pose). The benefits of this pose include:
– building strength in torso, back, arms, and shoulders
– improving stamina, endurance, and balance

Vrischikasana is an inverted back bend and the stretching of the torso and compression of the back is very intense. After becoming comfortable with non-inverted backbend postures like Ardha Salabhasana (Half Locust pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), or Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), begin easing the body into Vrischikasana, using a partner and a wall for support. Always counterpose any backbend with a pose like Balasana (Child Pose) to release the lower back.

20130330-213600.jpg Coming up was a bit of a challenge, which I plan on addressing in a post about handstands!

This wall was perfect because of the ledge; it provided added structure and support as I explored how far I could go in the pose. We added the bolster for height and once I experienced that I could go farther, we moved it away. Be creative in making your own ledge, perhaps with the back of a chair or desk edge. Introduce padding with pillows or blankets.
Ali helped ensure I wasn’t collapsing my shoulders or lower back by gentlly pulling up on my legs.
Always release a pose the same way you got into: slow and controlled.


My, what an intimate pose

6 am practice on our day off; Steve and I were the only ones to show and hot damn, it was a great practice. Having the opportunity to be adjusted into the correct posture, each side, for two hours was fantastic. Steve also demonstrated some rather sensual poses that I couldn’t snap pictures of because I was too distracted by his commentary. Add it to his erotic arsenal, I guess!

It has stopped raining and after a few hours of study, I’m heading into town. Most of the others have disappeared on an adventure to hear the spiritual man Mooji speak today; looking forward to hearing about their experience.

Luckily, I read last night that according to yoga philosophy, we already have all the answers, we just need to focus inward.