Welcome back to Olotita’s Yoga Asana Series on Youtube! Today is Video #18 of our Yoga Series and we explore Utkaṭāsana, or Fierce posture.

Utkatasana is the second to last posture in the Ashtanga Yoga standing sequence and it is such an incredible posture for strengthening your back, legs and glutes, so be sure to focus on deep breathing with sound, engagement of bandhas and the use of Tensegrity (refer back to Yoga Asana Series Video #1 for breathing and bandhas and Video #12 for Tensegrity).

I’ll demonstrate this posture in a modified form, with variations for your arm position, as well as how deep to bend your legs in the posture.

Then, I’ll demonstrate the final and full expression of the posture. I always suggest watching the video all the way through your first time, to see the different modifications on offer and determine which one(s) you should attempt today.

Utkaṭāsana is one of the last postures in the Ashtanga Yoga Standing Sequence and you should be so proud of yourself for making it this far in the video series, and in your efforts to create a home based practice for yourself. Keep showing up to your mat, keep taking this time for self care, for wholeness practices that are here to help you live your best life.

Each tutorial video is here to help you go a little deeper in your understanding of the body mechanics of the movements, and your own body in space.

If you are brand new to yoga, you are at the right place! And if you have an established practice, I will be sure to share a few tips that help you take your practice to the next level.

I also offer virtual sessions in Yoga, Meditation, Breath-work, Nutrition, Life Coaching and Mentorship. Check out www.olotita.com for more details. I am a level II authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher and I am passionate about sharing these teachings with all who wish to learn.

If you are new to this Yoga Series, welcome!  I’ve conveniently numbered all prior videos so you can start at the very beginning, with Yoga Asana Series Video #1.  This way, you can work at your own pace, from the comfort of your home, to begin practicing and applying these tutorials in your life.  Videos 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 ,9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and today’s video 18 are all Yoga tutorial videos for you to dig deeper into one or several postures.  Videos 3, 5, 10, 13 and 17 are guided practice videos similar to a led or guided yoga class.  The purpose of the practice along guided videos is for you to pull it all together into a flowing asana practice session.  Use these videos however they will best serve you.  And keep pouring into your personal well, keep it full so you can live your best life now.

New videos in the series are added each week, to help you continue to safely build up your daily at home Ashtanga Yoga practice.  See Links below for Yoga Asana Series Videos #1-17

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I am a level II authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher and I am passionate about sharing these teachings with all who wish to learn.

I hope you find this video series helpful to you in creating or maintaining your at home yoga practice!


Yoga Series Video 1: The Foundation – Breathing, Bandhas, Drishti and Sun Salutation A

Yoga Series Video 2: Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Finishing Sequence


Yoga Series Video 3: PRACTICE YOGA WITH KRISTA: Sun Salutation A & Modified Finishing Sequence


Yoga Series Video 4: Sun Salutation B

Yoga Series Video 5: PRACTICE Sun Salutation A & B and modified Finishing Sequence with Krista Shirley 

Yoga Series Video 6: How to Hold Your Spine in Space 

Yoga Asana Series – Video 7 – Standing Postures: Padangusthasana and Pada Hastasana 

Yoga Asana Series – Video 8: Standing Postures – Utthita Trikoṇāsana and Parivr̥tta Trikoṇāsana 

Yoga Asana Series – Video 9: Standing Postures – Utthita Pārśva Koṇāsana and Parivr̥tta Pārśva Koṇāsana

Yoga Asana Series – Video 10: GUIDED PRACTICE: Sun Salutation A & B through Utthita Pārśva Koṇāsana and Parivr̥tta Pārśva Koṇāsana with Modified Finishing Sequence


Yoga Asana Series – Video 11: Standing Postures – Prasārita Pādottānāsana A-D


Yoga Asana Series – Video 12: Tensegrity


Yoga Asana Series – Video 13: GUIDED PRACTICE: Sun Salutation A & B through Prasarita Padottanasana A-D with Modified Finishing Sequence


Yoga Asana Series – Video 14: Standing Postures – Parsvottanasana 


Yoga Asana Series – Video 15: Balancing Postures – Utthita Hasta Padāṅguṣṭhāsana


Yoga Asana Series – Video 16: Balancing Postures – Ardha Baddha Padmottānāsana


Yoga Asana Series – Video 17: PRACTICE: Sun Salutation A & B through Ardha Baddha Padmottānāsana with Modified Finishing Sequence 


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