Half Chair Pose
Definition - What does Half Chair Pose mean?
Half chair pose is a standing posture that is a modified and more challenging variation of chair pose.
Standing with the feet parallel, the knees bend lower than for chair pose. The arms reach up over the head and the torso leans forward so that it comes almost parallel to the ground.
Half chair pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, ardha utkatasana.
Yogapedia explains Half Chair Pose
Half chair pose primarily builds lower body strength and power. Specific benefits include:
- Increases strength in the hamstrings, quadriceps and gluteal muscles
- Works the muscles of the back
- Improves balance and stability
- Stimulates the heart and diaphragm