Chair Pose|Utkatasana

posted by Nancy Nelson

#IYPOW (Inspire Yoga Pose of the Week): Chair Pose (view video demonstration)

Yes, yes – we know….Chair Pose is everybody’s favorite pose (ha!). Okay, we get it – this pose is tough. But, hey, utkatasana is a part of the practice for a reason. This pose immediately challenges the practitioner physically and mentally. When we persevere and breathe deeply in this pose, we build our endurance, enhance our awareness and establish a firm foundation. This week, take some time to shake a little in this pose, try a new variation or go further than you think you can. Breathe your way through it and watch yourself grow in strength and confidence!

Here’s what Inspire Yoga Teacher Jen Wilford (pictured) had to say about it…

“An instructor serves up chair pose, and it’s never on my personal menu because it’s the pose that best represents adversity — I feel stuck, I count breaths, I try not to curse. Eventually, I land in the “fierce” pose. It’s actually the same pose — teachers use “chair” and “fierce” interchangebly – but to me, the shift is mental — start in chair, settle into fierce, where I embrace strength, dial up my breath and gut out this pose, knowing my practice allows me to better handle what I don’t order up on life both on and off the mat.”

Start in Tadasana (mountain pose)
Start in Tadasana (mountain pose)
Bend the knees and lift the arms into the pose.
Bend the knees and lift the arms into the pose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variation with Hands at Heart Center
Variation with Hands at Heart Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big toes & knees together
Big toes & knees together
Variation with knees/feet apart at hips distance.
Variation with knees/feet apart at hips distance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

A new #IYPOW (Inspire Yoga Pose of the Week) is introduced on our Instagram every Sunday. You are then invited to join in with us by posting your own interpretation of the pose and a short thought or inspiration that you receive from the particular posture that week. Make sure to use hashtag #IYPOW so we can see your pictures! Each month, one person (who shared and hashtagged) will be chosen to win an exclusive Inspire Yoga merchandise prize!

All you have to do is be willing to share! 

 

 

Life has not been the same since finding Inspire Yoga in 2012. After the loss of a close friend, I found my mat to be a soft place to land in a difficult season of life. After attending classes consistently, I pursued the Inspire Yoga 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings and now hold my IYS500 certification as well as E-RYT200 and RYT500 with Yoga Alliance. I love sharing yoga with people and getting to offer a space for them to be just as they are - whether broken, joyful, happy, uncertain ...there is a space for you here at Inspire Yoga. My blog posts are a reflection of my passion for yoga and how it has impacted my life in such a healing way. I am the studio director at Inspire Yoga Denton and love doing life with such an amazing community! Outside of yoga, I am wife to Colin and mama to our sweet dog Ama. My faith makes me who I am.

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