Traditionally, practicing utthita
parivrtta utkatasana is believed to activate the manipura (solar
plexus) chakra. This chakra controls metabolism and digestion, and
opening it through utthita parivrtta utkatasana boosts self-esteem and
Several benefits of this asana include improved balance, increased flexibility of the shoulders, spine and back, and improved range of motion in the ankles. It also strengthens the hips, gluteus, calf and thigh muscles. The pose opens the upper back, chest, and stimulates the abdominal organs, improving digestion.
Those with neck discomfort should
keep the gaze forward rather than toward the sky.