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The Mighty Pose / Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

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Utkatasana is commonly referred to as “chair pose” since it resembles a person seating in an invisible chair ;

It also sometimes called "mighty pose" which comes from the the meaning behind the sanskrit name of the asana.

“Utkatasana” is derived from the Sanskrit words: “Utkata” which means “fierce”, “powerful”, “uneven” and “Asana“, which mean “posture”.

Therefore, it should not be a surprise that beginners often struggle to get into this pose.So why do it?

Here are benefits of this pose:

Chair Pose will strengthen your thighs, helping to stabilize your knees. Your ankles will become more limber and sturdy, and your arms and shoulders will gain power and flexibility. As you reach your arms up and stretch the muscles between your ribs, you'll increase your breathing capacity.

About the author

Irina Bachvarova

Yoga Guru

Master in Sports Pedagogic and director at Bulgarian Ashtanga Yoga Academy.

Irina is the author of the first Bulgarian book for Ashtanga Yoga and trusted Yoga Guru for TV series, produced by Bulgarian National Television.

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