News release about safe yoga practice throughout the world.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Yoga: Three reasons you should not do Yoga posture – Scorpion

The Scorpion – (Vrischikasana)

Only those who can perform the Headstand without the slightest

difficulty should attempt the Scorpion pose.

(Beginners should not practice this asana).

Vrischika is the Sanskrit word for scorpion. This posture resembles a scorpion with its tail arched above its head ready to sting its victim. The Scorpion, which is an advanced posture promotes balance and brings harmony to the body and the mind.

In the Scorpion position the hands are kept apart and the head is lifted up. The weight of the body rests on the elbows, while the hands provide extra stability.

This posture provides maximum stretch to the neck, chest, spine and the abdominal muscles. The entire spine is vigorously toned and remains healthy. It strengthens the arms, shoulders, back and fully expands the lungs.

Practice of this asana increases blood flow to the brain and pituitary gland, revitalizing all body’s system. It also increases circulation in the lower limbs and the abdomen, and tones the reproductive organs.

The Scorpion combines many of the benefits of the Headstand and the Wheel pose.

You can come into the Scorpion in one of two ways:

1) By kicking up into the posture with head lifted (for more athletic person), or

2) By coming into it from the Headstand.

If you are coming into Scorpion from the Headstand do not delay, because coming into Scorpion after being in the Headstand for more than a few seconds creates excess pressure in the arterial circulation to the brain.

Although the Scorpion pose gives us many benefits, in some health conditions this pose is not recommended to be performed.

Three important reasons (out of many) not to do Scorpion:

1) If you have glaucoma, detached retina, or other eye disorders that are aggravated by pressure avoid this pose.

2) Do not do this asana if you have high blood pressure or heart palpitations.

3) In case of suffering from vertigo do not practice this pose.

Caution: Always check with your doctor if you have any doubts or concerns regarding the suitability of this pose for you.

Issued in the interest of people practicing Hatha Yoga by Subodh Gupta, Yoga Expert based in London.

Mr.Subodh Gupta, a Corporate Yoga Trainer has conducted more than 500 workshops on Yoga and Stress Management. He has been interviewed by various TV channels in India and London.

For reaching to Subodh Gupta Yoga website and for Subodh Gupta Corporate yoga webpage