About the Pose
utkata: awkward, mighty; asana: posture
Chair Pose holds tremendous value when practiced at the Tapas Point because it heats things up quickly because of the large muscle groups in the legs and back that must work to keep the body from falling down. And we get all that work with minimal risk of injury. This is one of those rare poses that can be difficult and safe for almost everybody in a group.
There is also a lot to be learned here. Working to simultaneously increase shoulder abduction without shoulder flexion; without adding lumbar extension is a priceless skill that is a required step in approaching almost anything with end-range shoulder flexion, especially backbends and inversions with shoulder flexion.
Asana Tech Specs
Overall Tapas Ratings
Sthira / Strength: 3 of 5
unyielding, firm, hard, solid, compact, strong, fixed, immovable, motionless, still, calm, not wavering or tottering, steady, durable, constant, steadfast, resolute, persevering
Sukha / Range of Motion: 1 of 5
yielding, ease, good space, a perfectly round axle hole
Svadhyaya / Knowledge: 1 of 5
study of the self