I've been working on scorpion for literally years and I'm definitely seeing progress, but it's a long journey for sure. (See picture below)
The full expression isn't available to me (yet!), but I'm working at it and as I keep working on it, I've found one thing super, super helpful and I wanted to share it here in case anyone else was running down the scorpion beaten path.
The trick I've discovered with scorpion pose is this:
Many of us have more mobility in the lower back than in the upper back- that's a given. And how do you get a more full bend in the upper back?
Press into the forearms and intend to feel a slight round in between the shoulder blades. Essentially, you'll want to puff up the space between the shoulder blades. I know, I know, that sounds like flowery yoga talk, but let me show you exactly what I mean. You'll see in the video below from instagram that I do this at the very end - when the song says "your embrace." In order to find that round between the shoulder blades, you just need to press hard into the forearms and feel the sensation of a lift, rather than sinking the weight into the ground.
What's actually happening is that at first my weight is sort of resting in the shoulders. Then, when I engage and find a lift, I'm more stable and have more of a deeper backbend in the thoracic spine.
Related: 4 ways to improve your backbend
I hope that helps you! Let me know if you give this a try. What are you currently working on in your practice? Is there one pose that you've been working on for ages? Tell me which one!
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