Yoga with Dr. Prajakta – Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

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Today’s Yoga pose is Utkatasana (Chair Pose).

Utkatasana is an important pose in Yoga as it energises the entire body and promotes creativity and mental strength. It is also known as The Fierce Pose/The Powerful Pose. To perform this pose, imagine yourself sittingon a chair. Steps: From the standing position, slowly lower yourself towards the floor. Try sitting in the semi-squat position with your knees slightly bent forward, as if you’re sitting on an invisible chairRaise your arms over your headStay in this position for 30 to 60 secondsInhale and slowly straighten your kneesRaise yourself back to the starting position. Exhale and lower your armsRepeat the process around 3 to 5 times. Benefits: Strengthens the core musclesDaily practice generates a feeling of equalisation in the bodyStabilises the spineTones the lower body If you are not able to stand in the semi-squat position, then try performing a full squat (as shown above) and hold the pose for as long as possible. This is an advanced variation of the Chair Pose. Here,you need to balance the body on the toes of both feet. Keep the spine neutral. Don’t over stretch. Cautions: Avoid this pose if you have – Severe knee painLigament InjuryAnkle Sprain Yoga Tip Of The Day: Once you get better at Yoga, you get better at Life! Author: Dr. Prajakta Jawalkar
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