17 Oct 21 Day Challenge Day Thirteen: Goddess Pose or Utkata Konasana
Welcome to Day 13 of the Challenge.
Today’s pose is Goddess Pose, or Utkata Konasana.
The Sanskrit name for this pose, Utkata Konasana, comes from three words: Utkata meaning powerful or fierce, Kona meaning angle, and asana meaning pose. See if you feel fierce in this pose and let us know when you check in today with Challenge group.
This pose strengthens the entire lower body, including the abdominal muscles, hips, thighs, calves, and ankles. It opens up the front body, across chest and elongates the spine. Goddess Pose helps to warm and energize the whole body and brings heat into your practice. It is another opportunity to practice the soft gaze or drishti and to work on balance, focus, and concentration.
A few tips for this pose include keeping knees aligned over ankles and that ankles are not collapsing. It is a wonderful pose in which to work on strength but also to bring awareness to remaining light and relaxed through the shoulders, neck and face. lengthening through the tailbone and releasing tension in the shoulders as you sink gently into the hips and enjoy the pose!
This pose invites you to use a chair or the wall as a prop/modification that will provide support and stability.
Click here for video instruction of today’s pose with Robyn from Honor Yoga Manalapan.