The word “utkata” is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “intense” or “powerful” and “asana” meaning “posture” or “seat”. It is generally known as “chair pose” in English.
Steps To Be Followed:
- Stand straight with your feet slightly apart.
- Inhale and lift your hands above your head, join your palms.
- Exhaling bend your knees, your thighs being parallel to the mat.
- Keeping your thighs parallel push your hips down towards your heels.
- Pull your shoulders behind and stretch your spine.
- Stay in this posture for 7-10 breaths (each breath must be 6-8 seconds).
- Now slowly lift your hips up and your legs straight.
- Exhaling release your hands and relax.
- It helps in stretching the spine, hips and chest.
- It helps in relieving back pain.
- It helps in strengthening the immune system.
- It helps in weight reduction.
- It helps in toning the thighs, knee muscles and ankles.
Headaches, Arthritis, Severe knee pain, Sprained ankle, Lower back pain and during periods one should avoid this asana.
Disclaimer:- Please practice under the supervision of Yoga Teacher/ Yoga expert