Awkward Pose: Utkatasana

Purposes and Benefits:

  • Continues warming up body for all other yoga poses
  • Heals chronically cold feet
  • Circulates fresh blood to knees and ankles
  • Alleviates rheumatism and arthritis in legs
  • Strengthens and firms all muscles of legs and upper arms
  • Increases hip flexibility and relieves muscular aches and cramps
  • Helps to cure slipped discs and other lower-spine problems

How to Do:

More detailed instructions

  • Maintain 6-inch gap between knees and hands while keeping them parallel to floor
  • Ensure that shoulders stay down by relaxing them throughout all 3 stages of this pose
  • Ease exhaustion by focusing on stretching arms out
  • Keep fingers together
  • Breathe at normal pace