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For Beginners: Utkatasana

Though it looks like you're sitting in an imaginary chair, this is definitely not a passive pose.

By Shiva Rea

Feel what Utkatasana has given you, beyond the sensation in your thighs. The effects of a good teacher are often felt much later, as seeds of confidence, courage, faith, and self-knowledge manifest in other areas of our lives. At the very least, your legs will have the strength and stability of trees.

Shiva Rea teaches flow (vinyasa) based yoga integrating alignment and intuition, strength and fluidity, meditation and wisdom in action at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, California, and UCLA's World Arts and Cultures Program. She is the author of the home practice CD, Yoga Sanctuary, and leads workshops and adventure retreats worldwide. She can be contacted through www.yogadventures.com.

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Philip Parker

really explains the pose

Susan Weinstein

Wonderful! Thank you!

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