Utkatasana

Utkatasana or Awkward Pose
July Posture of the Month

In various styles of martial arts the legs and abdominal area are considered the powerhouse of the human body. Even a movement using your arms is powered by the thighs and abdominal core. Same principals can be applied in Yoga.
Awkward Pose is the third posture in the Bikram series. Every muscle in your body gets activated with this posture! Awkward prepares the muscular system for the entire class. Your arms and legs may burn like crazy for a while, but over time, the more you practice you find an inner strength, and you gain the ability to sustain this posture for long periods of time.
There are three parts in Awkward Post. The first is when you sit in the chair (no bar stools), with your feet flat and the weight in your heels. Like Mary Jarvis says, “Your fingers
are reaching forward and you hips backward, but I can’t see it!” Make sure your hips are in the chair and your spine is backward bending. Try not to let your knees go farther forward then your heels. This posture is great for body alignment, so keep you toes, heels, knees, and hands at a six inch gap.
For the second part of Awkward, the first thing’s first! That is to focus one point. Don’t move your eyes!! This is the key to balance. Then stand on your toes as high as possible and sit down. Hips and head are touching the wall. Again, sit in to the chair (thighs parallel to the floor). Bikram says, “don’t lean forward!” Imagine your hips and head are leaning against the Great Wall of China. Think very deeply of the strength in your lower abdominal area and let the posture be sustained from there.
For the third part, stand on you toes a little, bring your knees together, and sit down with your hips and head leaning against the Great Wall of China. This is the easiest posture in the world if you have the technique. Keep your knees down, arms stretching forward, and spine straight. The momentum of the spine is moving continuously upward and your hips are a half inch off you heals.
There is no need to dread or fear this posture. It’s very good for your knees, your coordination and balance, and it will bring you tremendous strength from the inside out. Good luck!
In various styles of martial arts the legs and abdominal area are considered the powerhouse of the human body. Even a movement using your arms is powered by the thighs and abdominal core. Same principals can be applied in Yoga.
Awkward Pose is the third posture in the Bikram series. Every muscle in your body gets activated with this posture! Awkward prepares the muscular system for the entire class. Your arms and legs may burn like crazy for a while, but over time, the more you practice you find an inner strength, and you gain the ability to sustain this posture for long periods of time.
There are three parts in Awkward Post. The first is when you sit in the chair (no bar stools), with your feet flat and the weight in your heels. Like Mary Jarvis says, “Your fingers are reaching forward and you hips backward, but I can’t see it!” Make sure your hips are in the chair and your spine is backward bending. Try not to let your knees go farther forward then your heels. This posture is great for body alignment, so keep you toes, heels, knees, and hands at a six inch gap.
For the second part of Awkward, the first thing’s first! That is to focus one point. Don’t move your eyes!! This is the key to balance. Then stand on your toes as high as possible and sit down. Hips and head are touching the wall. Again, sit in to the chair (thighs parallel to the floor). Bikram says, “don’t lean forward!” Imagine your hips and head are leaning against the Great Wall of China. Think very deeply of the strength in your lower abdominal area and let the posture be sustained from there.
For the third part, stand on you toes a little, bring your knees together, and sit down with your hips and head leaning against the Great Wall of China. This is the easiest posture in the world if you have the technique. Keep your knees down, arms stretching forward, and spine straight. The momentum of the spine is moving continuously upward and your hips are a half inch off you heals.
There is no need to dread or fear this posture. It’s very good for your knees, your coordination and balance, and it will bring you tremendous strength from the inside out. Good luck!