You can also place your arms at shoulder height for an easier variation. This will help if your shoulders are very tight or if you need a rest.
Variation - Utkatasana With Twist
If you would like, add a spinal twist to this asana.
Once you are in Chair Pose, make a fist with your right hand and wrap it with your left hand.
Bring your right elbow to the outside of your left knee. Press your elbow against your knee to deepen the twist.
Pull your abdomen in to create space and allow you to deepen the twist. Keep the knees together.
Next, try releasing the right hand down and reach up with the left hand.
Variation - Heels up
If you would like to practice a very different variation, try this one. This Utkatasana variation is mainly practiced in Bikram Yoga and in Hot Yoga classes.
Make sure to warm-up your quadriceps before trying this variation. Follow the steps above, but shift the weight on your toes, instead of placing the weight on the heels. Then lift the heels off the floor. Keep your back vertical, instead of leaning forward, and place your arms parallel to the floor.
Main Target / Benefits
Strengthens the quadriceps.
Opens the shoulders and chest.
Caution / Recommendation
If you are unsure about your balance while shifting the weight back on your heels, practice with a wall behind you.