Half Chair Pose or Eka Pada Utkatasana (eh-kuh pah-dah Oot-kah-TAHS-anah) – also known as Standing Figure-Four Pose, One-Legged Chair Pose or Whooping Crane Pose – is an intermediate-level standing yoga pose that helps to stretch and strengthen the hips, legs, and thighs.
It’s a hip-opener and a balance pose in one, creating strength and stability in the core, hamstrings, glutes, and quadriceps muscles. This is a good pose to do regularly if you spend a lot of time sitting, which can cause tightness in the hips and hamstrings that often leads to back pain or other injuries. It is also thought to calm and clear the mind, and relieve stress.
Benefits and Contraindications
Strengthen quadriceps, the ankle and foot muscles
Stretches the outer hip and glute muscles
Improves mindfulness and control over your thoughts
Hips, knees, spinal, or ankle injuries
Low blood pressure
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