Utthita Parivrtta Utkatasana

Definition - What does Utthita Parivrtta Utkatasana mean?

Utthita parivrtta utkatasana is an intermediate-level standing twist asana. The name comes from the Sanskrit, utthita, meaning “extended,” parivrtta, meaning “revolved” or “twisted,” utkata, meaning “fierce,” and asana, meaning “pose.”

To practice this asana, begin in tadasana with the big toes together and the heels slightly apart. Drop the hips as if sitting on a chair. Place the hands in prayer position in front of the chest, then twist to the right from the shoulders without moving the lower body. Place the left elbow on the right knee and turn the chest to the right. Spread the arms into a “T” with the left fingers touching the ground and the upper arm above the shoulder. Rotate the head and gaze toward the sky.

Utthita parivrtta utkatasana may also be referred to as revolved chair with extended arms.

Yogapedia explains Utthita Parivrtta Utkatasana

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 motivation.

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.

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