How To Do Chair Pose + Modifications & Misalignments

Female yoga teacher demonstrating chair pose plus cues for how to do chair pose.

English name: Chair Pose

Sanskrit name: Utkatasana

Sanskrit pronunciation: OOT-kah-TAHS-ah-nah

Sanskrit meaning: Ukata = fierce, powerful

Type of pose: Standing

Level: Beginner

Targets: Lower body

Female yogi in Utkatasana, Chair Pose.
Photo: Jenn Russell

How to do this pose:

  1. From a standing position, bend your knees deeply and move your weight into your heels. Spread and lift your toes and root down through all four corners of your feet.
  2. Bring your knees in line with the tops of your feet. Internally rotate your inner thighs together.
  3. Lift your arms to the sky with your palms facing one another and your fingers spread wide. Draw your navel in and up, and knit your front ribs together.
  4. Broaden your collarbones and spread your shoulder blades wide. Gaze forward or up.

Modifications you can try:

  1. Bring feet hip distance wide for stability.
  2. Bring arms wider than shoulder distance apart.

Misalignments to be mindful of:

  • Lack of core engagement, causing anterior pelvic tilt and compression in low back.
  • Shins coming too far forward.


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