Chair Pose. Utkatasana. Everyone has their one or two most-hated pose(s) and this one is mine. No matter how many times I do Chair Pose, I still frown and groan whenever it is called out in class. I even get annoyed with myself when I add it into my home practice. And I don't really know why, either. It's definitely not the worst. I guess it is just that this pose works my ankles, calves, thighs, and core all at once and in a way no other pose can compare.
So if I hate Utkatasana so much, then why do it? Because it's good to step outside comfort zones and find a challenge! In life, we are constantly coming up against things that are hard, uncomfortable, scary, or just unpleasant, and one of the best parts of yoga and doing poses like Chair Pose is that it teaches you resilience and strength in moments like these. Yes, yoga is about poses and alignment and controlling your breath, but it's also so much more. It is the best teacher I've found to help me overcome challenges.
How does this help our legs? Utkatasana falls in that "work every piece of the body" poses, but specifically, it can increase ankle, knee, and hip mobility. It also works to strengthen and tone the quads while also teaching good posture and confidence!
That's all on Utkatasana for now, but I'm sure we'll explore it more in the future! Enjoy these options for now, though. Hope you have a lovely Monday!
I’m Anahita Reilly, a Type-A, native Northern Virginian, happiness lover. This blog evolved out of my longstanding desire to share this beautiful thing called yoga with others. Click here to read more...