Chair (Utkatasana)

A Pitta-Pacifying Yoga Pose

chair pose

Begin in Mountain Pose with your feet hip distance apart, toes turned slightly in. On an inhalation, bend the knees and come to sit in an imaginary chair, while sweeping your arms forward and overhead (arms alongside your ears). Keep the back body expansive. Breathe fully and lengthen your exhalation.

Pitta Focus:

Breathe into the back of your body. Release the posture before you build too much heat. Remind yourself to have a relaxed effort in the pose. Rather than holding the posture for a period of time, remain fluid and, with your breath, come in and out of the pose for several repetitions.


Builds strength in the thighs and abdomen, as well as building lung capacity and stamina.