Lion Pose (Simhasana)
Sanskrit word simha means “the powerful one”. This word is generally used for “lion.” Therefore this asana is also known as the lion pose, and while performing it one can be said to resemble a roaring lion about to attack.
Benefits of the Lion Pose (Simhasana):
The Simhasana provides exercise to the facial muscles. It therefore maintains the firmness and luster of the facial skin. This posture is also good for the eyes in reducing strain.
How to perform the Lion Pose (Simhasana):
- Kneel down on the ground and place your body weight on your knees, calves and heels while toes pointing back. Keep your head and spines erect with the knees about 6 to12 inches apart.
- Press your palms on the respective knees with the fingers extended straight in Vajrasana
- Open your mouth fully. Breathe-out through your nostrils and mouth, and simultaneously extend your tongue comfortably out of your mouth curving it toward the chin. Hold your breath with the abdomen pulled in. Widen your eyes, bare your teeth and stretch your facial muscles so that your face looks terrifying.
- Remain in this final posture for about 10 seconds or till you can hold your breath.
Durations/Repetitions of the Lion Pose (Simhasana):
Hold the posture till you can hold your breath. Repeat the asana twice or thrice
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Lion Pose (Simhasana):
Simhaaana is a difficulty level 2 asana recommended for beginners.