Simhasana provides an ideal outlet for negative energy. The powerful exhalation and the engagement of the arms and shoulders are a manifestation of the release of negative energy from inside. It is said that many problems are a result of anger and resentment held inside and simhasana releases that energy. It is important that the exhalation is strong and full of intention, not half-hearted, in order to experience the full benefits.
Various instructions for the pose's drishti are given among yogic texts: some suggest the gaze should be up toward the third eye between the eyebrows, others suggest the tip of the nose.
It is said that the stimulation of the abdomen by the breath helps release tension held there, and stimulates the manipura chakra. Thus, simhasana can help bring about healthy self-esteem and empowerment.