Chair Pose

Utkatasana

Utkatasana, Chair Pose (also know as Powerful Pose, Fierce Pose, or Awkward Pose) (from the Sanskrit, utkata: 'powerful' or 'fierce', and asana: 'posture') is a standing posture performed by bending at the knees, sitting back in an 'imaginary chair', and raising the arms, while aiming to bring the thighs close to each other and parallel to the floor. It is an intense posture that works on many different parts of the body, from the arms, to the legs, and core. Chair pose greatly increases strength and stability. It also strengthens the back and ankles. Beginners sometimes find it useful to practice this pose against a wall. Chair Pose includes several variations, including bringing the hands in prayer and twisting to the side.