Discover how to energize your day with chair pose (utkatasana). This is a wonderful pose to build strength in the lower body, and will vitalize your body and mind. This video includes breathing techniques and a twist that will quickly chase away fatigue and lethargy, leaving you feeling invigorated and ready to meet new challenges.
Chair Pose – Utkatasana
Have you ever felt really sluggish and tired at school? Here’s a great way to energize your day. It’s called chair pose; utkatasana.
To do this pose, you need to stand up nice and tall with your feet slightly apart. Then, bend your knees and stick your bum out as if you were sitting on a chair. From there, reach your arms up with your palms facing together. This is a fantastic pose to work the hips and the thighs and improve your lower body strength.
To really get a boost in your day we’re going to combine utkatasana with a breathing technique. As you inhale, reach up. Exhale, breathe out and bring your arms down with a ‘ha.’ Inhale reach out, exhale ‘ha’. Again. Up and out. Inhale up, exhale out. One more time. Inhale up and exhale out. And then return to standing.
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Shake your legs out a bit before we go into the next part of this pose.
Chair Pose with a Twist
For the second part, we are going to do utkatasana with a twist. So stand in mountain pose with your feet slightly apart. Come into chair pose, sitting your bum down, keeping your knees parallel to one another. Bring your hands to namaste in front of your heart. Inhale; lengthen your spine. Exhale; bring your elbow to your knee. Press your hands together. Press your knee against your upper arm. And keep breathing throughout the pose.
This kind of gets hard to do, and you might feel your legs start to shake a little bit. That’s OK. Don’t worry about it.
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Inhale; come back to centre. Exhale and twist to the other side. Perfect. Very nicely done. Keep breathing. Remember you are working at increasing your energy and your strength. One more breath. Finally come back to centre and stand up.
And that’s utkatasana. It’ll help increase your energy whenever you are feeling tired.
For more kids yoga poses, visit the alphabetical list of poses.