Mr. Iyengar's Vrschikasana
We worked on Vrschikasana today. Vrschikasana is Sanskrit for scorpion. Back bends are very stimulating to the nervous system. In the book "Light on Yoga" Mr. Iyengar explains the benefets of Vrschikasana...
My attempt at Vrschikasana
Yoga is exciting for the puppy
"The lungs expand fully while the abdominal muscles are stretched. The entire spine is vigorously toned and remains healthy. the asana has also psychological significance. The head which is the seat of knowledge and power is also the seat of pride, anger, hatred, jealousy, intolerance and malice. These emotions are more deadly than the poison which the scorpions caries in its sting. The yogi, by stamping on his head with his feet, attempts to eradicate these self-destroying emotions and passions. By kicking his head he seeks to develop humility, calmness and tolerance and thus to be free of ego. The subjugation of the ego leads to harmony and happiness."
As you can see, I have a long way to go before this posture reigns in my ego... however practicing this posture does give me happiness. Damn emotions and passions!