During the transformational Scorpio season, you can use astrology and asana to transform anything in your life that feels "leaden" into solid gold, just like an alchemist might. The development through the three stages of Scorpionic energy—Scorpio, Serpent, and Eagle—inspires the ensuing yoga positions. They are intended to open the root chakra and move prana (energy) up the spine and into the heart area, as well as other places. You can cultivate Scorpio's metamorphosis into concrete form by embodying the lower, grounded intensity of the Scorpio and its stinger, the heart-opening characteristics of the Serpent, and the high-minded attitude of the Eagle.
The sex organs of the body are ruled by Scorpio. These various binding postures are intended to isolate bad energy by creating resistance, which is subsequently released out by unraveling. After the Sun spent some time in the upbeat sign of Libra, Scorpio season asks us to go within so we can maximize the power of our ambitions. I suggest playing Santana's "Abraxas" on repeat and the ethereal allure of "Black Magic Woman" for musical inspiration.
The Seeker's Pose: Sphinx (Salamba Bhujangasana)
The fabled Sphinx has represented enigma, interest, and intrigue since the time of Ancient Egypt. The best beginner-level backbend and the finest approach to start any yoga practice is this calming, heart-opening pose. Put your forearms in front of you so that your elbows can stack precisely underneath your shoulders as you start out on your stomach with your forehead to the ground and big toes coming together. While firmly pressing onto the pubic bone and the tops of the feet, press down into the forearms to lift the heart. As you generate an energetic exchange between the heavens above and the underworld below, extend the crown of the head upward. Exhale to bring your forehead back down after taking 5-7 cycles of deep breaths through your nostrils.
Baby Cobra to Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) Devotee Pin
Place your palms just outside of your ribcage while dragging your forearms back. Hug the elbows at either side, inhale, and press into the tops of your feet and pubic bone once again as you start to lift your heart off the ground. Extend the crown of your head away from you as you assume a low Cobra (or Baby Cobra) pose to further lengthen the back of your neck and spine. Take a moment to inhale, then exhale to raise your arms straight in front of you and lift your head upward for a full Cobra pose (Bhujangasana). Keep your head forward and use your glutes to support your lower back if you feel any stress or pain there. Also, be careful not to let your head slide back. Repeat 2-4 times, then lower yourself back to the ground.
Scorpion yogaPin The Spider: Goddess Squat (Utkata Konasana) Variation
As you would for Goddess Pose, come to a standing position and assume a wide stance with the legs, with the heels turning in and the toes turning out. Bringing the hands to the hips while bending the legs to make the thighs parallel After taking a long breath in, tilt forward and plant your fingertips. Cross your hands in front of you, keeping your palms up, and use your fingertips to stabilise your body. Lift the heels, root down through the balls of your feet, and look straight down below while extending the crown of your head away from you. After a few breaths, lower the heels and switch your arm crossings.
The Adaptable: Side lunge scandasanaPin Bound Side Lunge (Baddha Skandasana)
Slide your left foot out long from a squat, then wrap your right arm over your right leg while reaching your left arm behind you to clasp your right fingers. Reach your right sitting bone toward your right heel while forcefully flexing your left heel. Lift to the right foot's ball if desired. As you slowly tilt your chin to the left, spin your chest open and keep lengthening through your spine to stretch into the crown of your head. Take three to five cycles of deep breaths, then relax. Repeat on the other side as you move your hands over there.
Bound Extended Side Angle Series (Baddha Parsvakonasana): The Spiritual Warrior: Warrior 2 to Bound Side Angle Scorpio YogaPin
Turn the heels in and toes out and bring the hands to the hips to return to a wide-legged standing position. Turn your front toes forward and bend your front knee to around a 90-degree angle as you push yourself up by inhaling to lead with your heart. To enter Warrior II, extend your arms wide and look over your right middle finger (Virabhadrasana II). Breathe in to help yourself get into the shape, and then raise your right hand in the air while tucking your left arm behind your lower back to perform the reverse warrior pose (Viparita Virabhadrasana). As you offer the cosmos your heart's desires, let your vision follow your fingertips aloft. In order to perform the Bound Side Angle Pose, bring your right hand down in front of you and grasp hold of your left hand between your legs. Roll your left shoulder back, point your chin upwards, and keep your spine long by continuing to stretch into the crown of your head. Keep your front thigh low and your back foot firmly planted in the present as you keep your gaze on the dazzling future.