Simhasana – Lion Pose In Yoga
Simhasana is also called Lion Pose. The name Simhasana comes from the Sanskrit words ‘Simha’ which means ‘Lion’ and ‘Asana’ which means ‘posture’ or ‘seat’. Simhasana or the Lion Pose resembles a squatting lion in the final pose. It is one of the excellent Yoga Poses for ears, nose, throat, eyes, and mouth and hence can be categorized under simplest but at the same time best of the facial exercises. Simhasana Yoga Pose is useful for people who Stutter, who are nervous and who are introverted.
How To Do The Simhasana – Step By Step Guide
- Sit in Vajrasana and spread the knees keeping a gap of approximately 18 inches between them.
- Tuck the palms on the floor and in between the knees.
- The fingers should point towards the body.
- Tilt the head backward.
- Open the mouth and extend the tongue forward and downwards towards the chin.
- Fix the gaze at the eyebrow center keeping the eyes wide open, adopting Shambhavi Mudra.
- Inhale slowly and deeply.
- While exhaling, produce a sound ‘Haaa’ from the throat, to imitate the roaring sound of a lion.
- Do not strain or force the sound in any way.
- After Roaring hold the pose for a few moments.
- Repeat the process 4 to 6 times.
- Close the mouth and relax.
Health Benefits of Lion Pose – Simhasana
- The Simhasana is an excellent Yogasana for the throat, ears, nose eyes and the mouth.
- It clears the respiratory tract facilitating a smooth flow of breath.
- Simhasana, the Lions Pose is useful for tonsils, thyroid and other problems related to the throat.
- It is useful for the people who stutter, who are nervous or who are introverted.
- It relieves tension in the chest, diaphragm and facial muscles.
- The practice of Simhasana helps the practitioner develop a strong and beautiful voice.
- The practice of Simhasana releases emotional stress.
- It is simplest but at the same time can be put under best of the facial exercises.
Variation of Simhasana
In the final pose, move the tongue from side to side making a long sound ‘Haaaa…’.
Practice note of Simhasana
- Simhasana can be performed at any time.
- If a practitioner is unable to perform this Yoga pose in Vajrasana or is having a knee injury, it can be performed in Padmasana (Lotus Pose) alternatively.