The Sanskrit word simha which literally means “the powerful one” is the word for “lion.” This therefore is known as Simha Asana, in English the Lion Posture.
How to practice?
- Sit up on the knees with the heels of the feet pressed against the buttocks and the calves of the legs flat on the floor.
- Rest your hands on respective knees (your knees should touch the ground) and keep the back erect and the head straight
- Inhale while leaning forward slightly, stretching the mouth the jaws as wide as possible, extend the tongue out and downward as much as possible, fix your gaze either at the tip of the nose or between the eyebrows and stretch the fingers straight out from the knees.
- Hold the posture for the duration of the inhaled breath then exhale, relaxing the forward stretch, dropping the fingers to the knees and closing the mouth and eyes.
Benefits of Simha (Lion) Asana
- Simha Asana benefits face, jaw, mouth, throat and tongue.
- Those who experience tightness or discomfort in the jaws such as teeth grinding, clenched jaws, a misaligned bite, etc. will benefit from both the jaw and tongue stretching of the simha-asana.
- It provides an invigorative effect on the thyroid cartilages
- This asana is also known to help prevent or cure sore throats, voice deficiency and tonsillitis.
- It has also good effect on the respiratory system. It activates the larynx, trachea and all the bronchioles.
- The muscles and tissues of the face are rejuvenated from the alternating stretching and release, an exercise they rarely get in the course of our everyday lives.
- The fixed gaze relieves tense or burning eyes and the stretched fingers benefits the hands and wrists.
Durations/Repetitions of Simha Asana
Hold the simha asana for thirty to sixty seconds.Â Do not make more than four rounds in a single sitting. Begin with two rounds daily during the first week.
Try roaring loudly like a lion as you enter into the Lion Pose while sticking your tongue out. This stimulates the throat and cultivates courage and fearlessness.