Utkatasana (Chair / Fierce / Powerful Pose) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • FeaturesUtkatasana (Chair Pose), and related poses such as Parivrtta Utkatasana (Revolved Chair Pose), Eka Pada Utkatasana (One Legged Chair) and Padangustha Padma Utkatasana (Half Lotus Toe Balance)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.



“utkata” = powerful, fierce

Intense Powerful Pose or Fierce Pose

Also known as: Chair Pose

In Bikram Hot Yoga, called: Awkward Pose

Parivrtta Utkatasana

Revolved Chair Pose

Eka Pada Utkatasana

One Legged Chair Pose

Padangustha Padma Utkatasana

Half Lotus Toe Balance

Dharma Mittra calls this Ardha Prapadasana (Half Bound Tiptoe Pose)

See Variations in menu above for more about this pose

In Bikram Hot Yoga, called Toe Stand Pose: Padangustasana

Heart of Poses

  • Stabilization
  • Heat-Building
  • One Legged Versions: Hip Stretch
  • Revolved Version: Twist

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