This asana helps us connect to our inherent inner goddess, finding a common space with this powerful feminine energy. Attain the fierce fire of Goddess Durga, knowledge of Goddess Saraswati and the prosperous power of Goddess Lakshmi. As you practice Utkata Konasana (utkata=powerful or fierce, kona=angle, asana=pose) be conscious of the feminine energy at work. This energy can be felt throughout your daily life, both as a part of this pose, and also in your alignment of feelings, practices, and mantras everywhere you go.
The asana activates the root and sacral chakras (Muladhara & Svadisthana Chakras).
On a physical level it:
- Stretches your hips, groin, and chest.
- Tones and strengthens the core muscles.
- Strengthens the quadriceps and inner thigh muscles.
- Heats the body and increases circulation.
Mantra (to Durga) :
Roopam dehi jayam dehi yasho dehi dwisho jahi
Meaning : Oh Goddess the destroyer of demons and egoistic thoughts. Grant me inner and outer beauty. Grant me freedom and victory, destroy and remove all hostility. Oh Goddess remove all the obstacles of my life and grant me the best things of life.
You can meditate on the light of cosmic energy of love and mentally chant the mantra. During chanting you can remember the meaning. The Goddess Durga is considered as the most beautiful amongst all beautiful things in the world. In India they believe that meditating the glory of Durga enhances our inner and outer beauty.
If you want to balance the sun and the moon energies which are located in the solar plexus (Manipura Chakra) the mantra you should chant is DUM.
Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
Dum is the sound of the Manipura Chakra, and that chakra is the center of vitality and power. The Indians believe that this mantra invokes the protecting power of the divine cosmic energy and removes all negative influences.