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Your Body – Utkatasana

We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body. Next in the series is:

How easy it is to sit on a chair! But when you sit on an imaginary chair, it could be quite challenging. This asana is all about sitting on that imaginary chair. Utkatasana translates into an intense or powerful pose. This asana is also called the Chair Pose, the Powerful Pose, the Awkward Pose, and the Fierce Pose.

Benefits: These are some amazing benefits of Utkatasana.
Practicing this asana gives the hips, spine, and chest muscles a good stretch.
The torso and lower back are strengthened.
This asana tones the legs, especially the muscles in the knee, the ankles, and the thighs.
Regular practice imparts a sense of balance in the body and great determination to the mind.
This asana gives the abdominal organs a good massage and also stimulates the diaphragm and the heart.
With regular practice, you could lose weight, especially from the buttocks.
This asana strengthens your immune system and also helps relieve joint pains and back pains.

Procedure: Stand straight on your mat and place your feet slightly apart.
Stretch your arms forward, ensuring that your palms are facing downwards. Your arms must be straight, and you must make sure not to bend your elbows.
Gently bend your knees and push down your pelvis, such that it seems like you are seated in an imaginary chair.
Make yourself comfortable. To engage better in the pose, imagine reading a newspaper as you hold the pose. And as you do that, you must make sure that your hands are parallel to the floor.
Be aware as you hold the pose, and keep your spine lengthened. Calm your mind and relax. Smile. Now hold the pose for up to a minute.
Gently go down and sit in Sukhasana.

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