Chair Pose (Utkatasana) - Vinyasatreats
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Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

Sometimes translated from Sanskrit to English as “Fierce Seat” or “Powerful Pose.” It is a strengthening and heat-building asana that brings all parts of your body together into a cohesive and powerful whole. This asana is a meditation on determination and perseverance, as well as commitment.

  1. Grounding down through your feet, inhale and draw your arms up to frame your ears.
  2. Exhale and begin to break at the hips, feeling the weight transfer into the heels. Sit the hips back as you bend your knees and move into a high-squat position.
  3. Keep the torso lifted and the crown reaching upward. Do not allow the knees to drift over the toes.
  4. Slightly tuck the tail and draw the abdominals in toward your spine.
  5. Keep your head in a neutral position and gaze forward.
  6. Hold this pose for 5-10 slow breaths.
  7. To exit: Inhale and press through your feet to extend your legs and return to Tadasana (Mountain pose). Exhale and release your arms to your sides.