Scorpion pose (Vrschikasana I – the full expression of the pose has the feet on the head) offers us strength and flexibility. It is an inversion, a shoulder opener and a backbend. This asana helps us develop strength and flexibility along with patience and tenacity. As we practice opening the shoulders, we learn patience and respect of our edges because it takes a long time to open the shoulders.
The backbend portion of scorpion pose asks us to open the heart. We find humility as we learn this pose due to the combined demands of the asana. As Mr. Iyengar says in Light on Yoga, “The yogi, by stamping on his head with his feet, attempts to eradicate these self-destroying emotions and passions (pride, anger, hatred, jealousy and intolerance). The subjugation of ego leads to harmony and happiness.”
Scorpion pose asks us to move beyond ego, to find our tenacity and to open to possibilities we think might not exist.