Chair Pose — Utkatasana (OOT-kuh-TAHS-uh-nuh) — is a standing yoga pose that strengthens the thighs, butt, and hips. This variation, with a twist, provides a greater balance challenge while it stretches the spine, shoulders, and chest. Its Sanskrit name, Parivrtta Utkatasana (PAHR-ee-VREE-tah OOT-kuh-TAHS-uh-nuh) , comes from three words: “Parivrtta” — meaning “revolved” “Utkata” — meaning “powerful” or “fierce” “Asana” — meaning “pose”
It commonly goes by various English names, sometimes referred to as “Revolved Chair Pose,” “Twisted Chair Pose,” “Thunderbolt Twist,” “Prayer Twist,” or other creative variations. But no matter what your yoga teacher might call it, you’ll still gain all the benefits of this pose when you practice it!
Benefits of Chair Pose Twist
Parivrtta Utkatasana strengthens the mid- and low back and increases flexibility throughout the spine. It also tones the internal organs, including the kidneys and digestive organs. This helps with detoxification, which improves your overall health. This pose also tones your thighs, buttocks, and hips. It is also helpful for improving balance, posture, endurance, and confidence.
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