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  • Writer's pictureChristina V. Mills

Utkatasana | Fierce Pose


Cara Rivera in Utkatasana | Fierce Pose
Photo by Galen Coles of Cara Rivera

Utkatasana is often incorrectly translated as Chair Pose, but there is nothing about this pose that is like relaxing in a chair. In fact it’s quite the opposite. With bent knees and upward reaching arms that pop your chest wide open, Utkatasana requires a certain level of fight to stick with it for five breaths. This is Fierce Pose.



Etymology

Sanskrit Name: Utkatasana

English Translation: Fierce Pose




Body


Lengthens

Abdominals

Serratus Anterior


Engages

Quads

Glutes



How To:

  1. Bring feet together and bend the knees.

  2. Lift the palms overhead, pressing the palms together. Externally rotate the shoulders, drawing the elbows toward each other.

  3. Take the head back and gaze at the thumbs for 5 or more breaths.




 

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