Traditionally, utkatasana is believed to activate the svadisthana chakra and, as such, is associated with creativity and determination. Stimulating this chakra through utkatasana is thought to foster inner acceptance and promote focus and productivity.
Variations of this asana include:
- Ardha utkatasana (half chair pose), in which the squat is only half as deep as utkatasana; and
- Parivrtta ardha utkatasana (revolved half chair pose), in which the hands are in prayer position and the upper body twists to the side.