Utkatasana-“utkata”-(meaning “powerful” or “fierce”) and “asana” (meaning “pose”) is an essential component of Sun Salutations and is often used as a transitional pose. It can also be practiced on its own to build strength and stamina throughout the whole body.

Physical Benefits

  • Strengthens the ankles, thighs, calves, and spine
  • Stretches shoulders and chest
  • Reduces flat feet

Emotional Benefits

  • Stimulates the abdominal organs and diaphragm
  • Increases the heart rate, stimulating the circulatory and metabolic systems
  • Builds endurance and stamina, while toning the nervous system