If you feel the need or desire to open and challenge your hips, then you may love Lizard Pose!
However, keep in mind that this pose can test your hip flexibility in a major way. In other words, Lizard also known as Utthan Pristhasana is no joking matter. You will likely need plenty of patience as you begin the journey of adding this yoga pose to your daily practice. As a result, many yoga students have a love and hate relationship with this posture.
I suppose this pose does look somewhat like a lizard, but there's no doubt that the pose has become a popular posture that you're likely to experience in most yoga classes. Since the pose focuses on the hips, most men usually struggle with the posture. It's likely safe to say that Lizard is a little more popular with female students.
The Sanskrit name or translation is Utthan Pristhasana. The breakdown for the Sanskrit name is as follows, "Utthan" meaning "Stretching Out", "Pristha" meaning "Back of the Body" and "Asana" meaning "Posture or Pose".
This pose is certainly a versatile posture that can be both an active pose and at the same time offer a passive stretch. It's not at all uncommon to see the pose used in either Yin or restorative yoga classes as a deep stretch. On the other end of the spectrum, this posture can even be considered as a prep pose for some arm balances.