English Name: – Lion Pose.
Preparatory Pose: – Vajrasana.
This name Simhasana is comes from the Sanskrit words ‘Simha’ (सिंहा) which means “Lion” and which is the king of Jungle, and Asana (आसन ) means “posture” or “seat”.
In Simhasana posture, the body and face are manipulated right away to invoke the force and intensity of a lion’s roar. In fact, this pose is assumed to be one in all the simplest face exercises. The posture resembles to a seated lion, thence this pose named as Simhasana. In this Asana (Simhasana) the facial expressions of a practitioner’s are changed to resemble a lion and it is also known as Simha Mudra. The Lion pose (Simhasana) also stimulates the platysma, which is a flat skinny muscle within the front of the throat. This is often the muscle that pulls down the corners of the mouth and also wrinkles the throat. It’s believed that this exercise can facilitate to stop the drooping of the throat with age. In addition, Simhasana posture helps to promote smart posture and successively will increase confidence levels.
Steps of Simhasana (Lion Pose)
- Sit in Vajrasana and spread your knees.
- Your spine should straight but as relaxed as possible.
- The fingers of your hands should face backwards and be kept straight in between your legs.
- Now inhale and take out your tongue. Try to look between in the eyebrows and exhale.
- During exhaling roar like a lion. (Roaring sound “Haa”).
- After Roaring hold the pose for 20 to 30 sec.
- Repeat this process about 4 to 6 times.
- After doing Simhasana while taking the saliva inside the mouth, massage the throat lightly.
- Don’t inhale quickly after this posture; try to inhale after the 20 to 30 seconds.
Benefits of Simhasana (Lion Pose)
The Simhasana benefits the face and also the throat, that isn’t typically benefited in other yoga posture.
- Best exercise for face, eyes, tongue and throat.
- Clears the Vocal chords.
- Properly opens the Respiratory tract.
- Strengthens Fingers and hands.
- Prevents soreness of the throat.
- Useful for tonsils, thyroid and other problems related to throat.
- Beneficial in unclear pronunciation and in ear problem.
- Best pose for those children who lisp.
- It cures bad breathe.
- Helpful for improving the tone of the voice.
- Give relief in back pain.
If you are unable to perform this pose in Vajrasana or having knee injury, you can perform this pose with different sitting Asanas like Padmasana (Lotus Pose), or in the standing position, with the palms on the waist and also keep your feet 6-12 inches apart. Concern a yoga expert before doing any type of Asana or Pranayama.