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Sitting in a chair may sound very easy and comfortable. But sitting in an imaginary chair might be a little challenging! And this is exactly what we do in Utkatasana or Chair Pose. The literal meaning of Utkatasana is intense posture or powerful posture.
(Utkat=Intense, Powerful; Asana= Posture/Pose; pronounced as U-t-kat- asana).
You need just a little bit of determination to stay longer in the Chair Posture. Make sure you read the contraindications before you start.
How to practice Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
Stand erect with your feet slightly apart.
Stretch your hands to the front with palms facing downwards. Do not bend your elbows.
Bend the knees and gently push your pelvis down as if you are sitting in an imaginary chair.
Be comfortable or at least try to be! To get a better feel of the Chair Pose, imagine reading a newspaper or typing on a laptop as you remain seated.
Ensure that you keep your hands parallel to the ground.
With awareness, sit straight and lengthen your spine. Relax.
Keep breathing and flip through the pages of the newspaper, enjoying national and international news.
Sink deeper into the chair by gradually going down but ensure that your knees don’t go beyond your toes.
Keep going down slowly and then sit down in Sukhasana (cross-legged posture). If you want, you may lie down on your back and relax.
Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind bringing a lot of health benefits yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained Sri Sri Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor and a Sri Sri Yoga teacher. Find a Sri Sri Yoga course at an Art of Living Center near you. Do you need information on courses or share feedback? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.