Utkatasana's name comes from the Sanskrit utkata, which means “fierce, proud, high, haughty, superior, immense, large, difficult”.
It is often called "chair pose" because it looks like you are sitting back into a chair, but we like to think of it as your throne.
If you are restricted in lifting your arms fully, take the heels of your hands to the very tops of your thighs and press down. Imagine the tops of your thighbones connecting with your heels. Lift your spine and rib cage. Roll the skin over your collarbones up, over your shoulders, and down your back.
Health benefits of chair pose include strengthening the legs and ankles, stretching the chest and shoulders, and stimulating the abdominal organs and heart. Chair pose is quite stimulating, so don't practice it just before bed, especially if you have trouble sleeping. It is also warming, making it a great choice for cold winter mornings!
Reflection: Have you ever been in a position to assume responsibility greater than you felt prepared to handle? Like Bharata, you may have been called upon to take a job that you believed would be better filled by someone else—and yet you were the one who had to do it. How did that feel? Did it, or might it help you to invoke the aid of some transpersonal authority or higher power? Imagine finding ease in the knowledge that you are not the doer but simply the placeholder for dharma, the one through whom a worthy purpose is accomplished. Read more of the story behind chair pose here; https://yogainternational.com/article/view/the-mythology-behind-utkatasana-chair-pose-fierce-pose