HOW TO: Revolved Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana)

Twisted Chair Pose

I have already shared my obsession with Chair Pose because of its ability to strengthen and seriously tone the legs and core. This twisted version is also one that frequently pops up in my classes and personal practice.  You get the benefits of the lower body strengthening from the chair pose, combined with toning of the core muscles and improved flexibility in the back.  On top of that, this pose is a great way to detoxify the body by twisting the abdominal organs.  This pose is worth a try, and you’ll certainly notice the benefits almost right away!

Instructions:
Begin in Mountain Pose with your feet hip distance apart or together.

Inhale and lift your arms overhead, relaxing the shoulders down away from the ears.

On your next exhale bend your knees to bring the thighs close to parallel with the floor.  Allow your upper body to lean forward slightly as your hips reach down to come into Chair Pose

Bring your palms together at your hearts center.

On your next exhale fold forward a little more and then bring your left elbow to the outside of your right thigh.

Keep your hips and knees facing forward, while you twist your upper body to the right.

Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then repeat on the other side.

Benefits: 
Strengthens and tones the the entire lower body, including the hip flexor muscles, the inner thighs, hamstrings, quads, calves, and glutes

Opens and stretches your shoulders, chest, and upper back

Stimulates your abdominal organs, specifically your digestive system

Tones and strengthens the core muscles

Improves balance, posture, and concentration

Increase flexibility in the spine

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