Yoga isn’t all serious all the time. If you’re looking to add a little fun, add the Lion pose to your routine and let go of your serious side to boost your overall health in the process.
Engaging in different forms and types of yoga allows you to explore more parts of your body and encourages you to build strength, improve flexibility and enjoy the practice that you commit yourself to perform.
Lion Pose (Simhasana)
Channel your inner lion or lioness and get ready to deliver your biggest roar yet. Lion pose is a beginner-friendly pose practiced by individuals of all ages and at all levels of their yoga practice.
While it’s popularly known as the Roaring Lion pose, in Sanskrit, ‘Simha’ means lion, and ‘Asana’ means pose or posture. The face we make to perform this pose resembles the face of a lion, hence giving this pose its appropriate name.
Lion Pose Directions:
The following directions will serve as a guide to help you perform this pose with comfort and ease:
- Seat yourself on your knees and raise your buttocks to place your right foot on the thigh of your left leg.
- Roll onto your knees and place your hands on your knees or on the floor in front of you. Spread out your fingers.
- Inhale deeply, keeping your spine and back erect.
- Open your eyes and mouth as wide as possible while sticking out your tongue and chin. Feel the pose engage all of the muscles of your face.
- Exhale forcefully from your mouth, allowing a roaring sound to escape with your breath.
- Spread your fingers wide and point your fingertips upwards, tensing the muscles of your hands and wrists. Shift your gaze to the tip of your nose.
- Hold the pose until you have fully exhaled, then sit back down into the original position.
- Repeat this pose at least three times.
Benefits of Lion Pose:
An easy pose to practice regularly, the lion pose allows you to let go of any tension and have a little fun for yourself.
Added benefits of practicing the lion pose include the following:
- Firms the facial muscles
- Strengthens the voice and heals throat problems
- Aids in digestion
- Reduces eye strain and has a soothing effect on the eyes
- Improves blood circulation particularly to the face
- Improves thyroid function
- Reduces stress and promotes calmness of mine
- Could improve bad breath
Lion Pose Follow-Up Poses:
To build a yoga flow or sequence after performing this pose, the following are good poses to practice after lion pose.
- Child’s pose
- Camel pose
Lion Pose Precautions:
While new poses and postures are exciting to add on, it is important to make sure that they do not cause any further stress to your body and mind.
It is important to take extra care and get your doctor’s approval before practicing any new forms of exercise as you recover from an injury or recent surgery.
It is best to avoid practicing lion pose under the following conditions:
- Chronic injury to the knees and ankles
- Chronic injury to the face, neck, or tongue
Updated by Siya Rajan on 07/03/2018