What is Chair Pose?
Chair pose, or utkatasana, is a powerful standing yoga asana that requires balance, stability and strength. The arms extend upward alongside the ears, while the knees bend as if sitting on a chair.
- Begin in mountain pose, with your big toes touching.
- Inhale, bend your knees slightly and raise your arms above your head.
- Draw your shoulder blades down and your navel in (do not collapse into the lower back).
- Lift your chest, lifting through your heart.
- Breathe as you hold the pose.
- Use caution with recent or chronic injury to the back, hips, knees or shoulders
Benefits of Chair Pose
- Strengthens the legs, spine, and ankles
- Opens the chest and shoulders
- Reduces flat feet
Chair Pose Details
- Sanskrit Name
- Pose Level
- Yoga Type
- Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga
- Bhrumadhye (Third Eye)