Pose Breakdown: Chair

Chair Pose

 

 Two variations of chair

Two variations of chair

Chair pose, utkatasana, is a powerful standing posture that often begets eye rolls and grumbles when we teach it in class.  And usually we smile, and encourage you to breathe through it, knowing the benefits that can come for your legs, heart and mind from holding this pose for a few breaths.

How to Sit into Chair Pose

  1. Start standing at the top of your mat in tadasana.
  2. Take a deep breath in and begin to sit your hips back (as if you're sitting in a chair), as you bend your knees into a squatting position.
  3. From here you can either reach your arms up to the sky or bring them to prayer hands at your heart.
  4. As you settle into the pose, think about dropping your tailbone towards the earth and lean the torso over the thighs, keeping the chest lifted.
  5. Hold for 3-5 breath cycles.
  6. To release, you can simply press into the feet to stand or fold the torso towards your mat and press your hips up into a forward fold.

Let us know, do you love chair pose?!