Utkata KonasanaGoddess Pose - Beginner Standing Hip Opener
utkaṭa (उत्कट) = Wild, Intense, Fierce
Koṇā (कोणा)= Angle
Asana (आसन) = Pose, Posture, Seat
This posture is a wide leg squat. The pose is often referred to as Goddess Pose and highlighted for its more fierce representation of divine feminine energy. The pose has several different names depending on the yoga lineage or tradition, such as sumu pose or horse stance (Vatayahasana). We will stay with goddess pose as the root of the word utkata is also the base of (Utkatasana) the chair pose and in its simplest form this is a wide leg chair pose. Moreso, horse pose(Vatayahasana) shows up in reference to a more complicated variation found in the intermediate series of ashtanga yoga as set by Phathabhi Jois and as such we will leave that name for the more complex variation.
Utkata konasana is an incredible power pose. It can build energy in the physical body and confidence in the emotional body.
How to do utkata konasana
Goddess Pose- Temple variation- Arms overhead with hands in Kali Mudra
Goddess Pose- Hands in Anjali, add a heel lift
Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
5 pointed Star Pose
Utkatasana. www.ashtangayoga.info, Retrieved 6 August 2020.
Kona www.wisdomlib.org Retrieved 4 August 2020
Swenson, D. (1999) Ashtanga Yoga, the Practice Manual. (6th Edition) (Woodruff, C, Ed.). Houston, TX, United States of America. Ashtanga Yoga Productions.
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