Lion Pose

Simhasana

Lion Pose

What is Lion Pose?

Lion pose, or simhasana in Sanskrit, is a seated yoga pose combined with forceful exhalations. The practitioner opens their mouth, sticks out their tongue, gazes upward and exhales with a powerful "ha" sound like a lion. The pose is very beneficial for releasing frustration and for stimulating the throat chakra.

Lion Pose

Instructions

  • Sit on the heels. Open the knees wide and place the hands on the floor in between the knees, fingers pointing in.
  • Lengthen the spine.
  • Inhale through the nose.
  • Open the mouth and extend the tongue. Gaze upward while keeping the head steady, then exhale with a loud and long "ha" sound like a lion.
  • Close the eyes and mouth.
  • Repeat.

Cautions

  • Point the fingers forward if there is discomfort in the arms or shoulders.

Benefits of Lion Pose

  • Releases anger and frustration
  • Stimulates the throat chakra
  • Helps in introversion and inability to speak one's mind
  • Stretches the facial muscles
  • Relieves halitosis
  • Prevents wrinkles

Lion Pose Details

Sanskrit Name
Simhasana
Pronunciation
sim-HA-sah-nah
Pose Level
Beginner
Drishti
Urdhva (Toward the sky)
Pose Type
Backbends, Chest Openers, Seated Poses
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