Pose of the Week – Utkatasa; Dig INN!

Yoga teacher training is going well. It sure is exhausting though, to have no break between the workweek, training, another workweek, another training… whew. I am thankful for the break I’ll get this coming weekend. In the meantime, I took it easy today.

I’ve been meaning to share this yummy lunch that I had my first weekend of training. It was from the newly re-named Dig Inn (formerly known as The Pump Energy Food). So this is:

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1) choice protein: lemon chicken

2) grains or greens: mixed greens

3) fresh sides: balsamic mushrooms, red cabbage slaw, indian spiced carrots

And I believe the sauce I got was the roasted red pepper, which has almonds (or some other nut) in it.

In other news, here is your pose of the week: the dreaded chair pose!

Chair Pose, or Utkatasana

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“Hips down, arms up: utkatasana.”

  • 10 deep ujjayi breaths if you want to build some heat. 5 for less heat.
  • Other options: twist to right for 5 breaths; return to center; twist to left for 5 breaths.

What are the benefits of utkatasana?

  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens and works the quads, but also the ankles, lower legs, feet, and spine.
  • Chest opening (if you do it right – glide those shoulders down the back)
  • Chair twists will stimulate digestion and improve elimination and detoxing

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2 Comments on Pose of the Week – Utkatasa; Dig INN!

  1. coco
    3 October, 2011 at 9:28 pm (3 years ago)

    that salad looks so yummy!
    I actually like chair pose because it makes me feel working hard!

  2. Alyse @ Fit Approach
    3 October, 2011 at 11:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Whew. I wish my utkatasana looked like that!!

    But your meal looks heavenly. And well-deserved, it sounds like!