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How to do Simhasana (Lion Pose) & it’s Benefits

This pose helps to improve blood circulation to the face and toning of your voice.

W
e face many problems in our daily lives which lead to frustration, anger and stress. The ancient yogis formulated a beautiful yoga pose to throw out that negative energy from our life. We are talking about the Lion Pose. This pose helps to release that frustration which is created by the self, due to the accumulated negative energy.

Simha-Lion | Asana-Pose

This asana is pronounced as sim-HAHS-anna, Sanskrit- सिंहासन. In this posture, the body and face invoke the force and intensity of a lion’s roar. This is regarded as one of the best face exercises. This pose also stimulates the platysma which is a thin, rectangular shaped muscle in front of the throat. Moreover, it also helps to clear the passage of the throat.

Benefits of Lion Pose

  • This pose helps to improve the tone and texture of the voice.
  • Reduces tension in the chest and face.
  • Stimulates the platysma and keeps the muscle firm as you continue to age.
  • Improve blood circulation to the face.
  • Reduces bad breath, wrinkles and delays ageing.
  • Relaxes your neck muscles and relieves burning eyes.
  • Cures back pains, clenched jaws and teeth grinding.
  • Activates the bandhas and destroys the diseases.
  • Stimulate the nerves of the eye and keeps your eyes healthy.
  • Different parts of the body e.g. face, eyes, ears, tongue, throat, chest and fingers get benefitted.
  • Helps to exercise the tongue during the posture because of the full stretch outside the mouth.

Precautions

If you have any recent medical concerns, discuss with your doctor before practising this yoga pose. Practitioners who have a knee injury, should sit on a chair and practice this pose. This pose is very safe to practice.

Steps to do a perfect Lion Pose

  • Sit up in the kneeling position or Vajrasana. Move your knees apart so that they can make a right angle between them.
  • Now, place your palms under your thighs. The palms should face downward while pressing firmly against your yoga mat. Ensure that the palms are pointed towards your body.
  • You can also just sit in Vajrasana and rest your palms on the knees while the knees are stretched and wide apart.
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  • Bend forward and shift the weight of your body on arms.
  • Now, keeping your eyes open, tilt your head backwards.
  • Inhale through the nose and open your mouth, and stretch out your tongue outwards. Curl the tip of the tongue towards the chin.
  • Gaze the space between your eyebrows while keeping your eyes open.
  • Breathe gently and during exhalation produce ‘ha’ sound. This sound will imitate the breathing of a lion with the tongue outside.
  • Relax your body and repeat the sound few times. 


Variation

If you are feeling uncomfortable sitting on the floor due to a knee injury, then practise this pose on the chair. You can also practise this pose in Cow pose while making the same ‘ha’ sound. Sometimes, instead of looking through the eyebrows, you can also look at the tip of your nose.

Tips

You must make sure to keep your stomach and bowels empty before you practice this pose. Ensure to have your meals at least four to five hours before you do the asana so that your food gets properly digested, and you can expand your body fully during the practice.

In this pose, the arms and shoulders are thrown outside violently, as an external manifestation of the release of stress, anxiety, fear, anger and the negative energy we accumulate from our daily chaos. This asana is a secret to your glowing skin and youthful life.

Now, don’t wait. Enjoy your yoga practice and have an awesome day! If you feel this article is helpful to you then share your experience with us by commenting below. We would be happy to hear from you!

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