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Lion Pose – Simhasana

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Lion Pose invokes a feeling of light-hearted playfulness.  This silly looking pose is also said to strengthen the voice, reduce wrinkles of the face and neck, benefit the thyroid gland and reduce stress.

 

Let’s try it

  1. Begin in a kneeling position and sit back on your heels.
  2. Bring your palms to your knees and sit up tall.
  3. Inhale slowly through the nose.
  4. Exhale through your mouth with a long and strong audible sigh as you lean forward with a straight back, spread your fingers wide, open your mouth as wide as you can and protrude your tongue down towards your chin. Open your eyes wide and look up.
  5. At the end of your outward breath close your mouth, relax you face, eyes and hands and sit back up for a long slow inward breath.
  6. Repeat up to 8 times and finish with 3 complete yoga breaths.

 

Modifications and Variations

  • If you have knee issues try any seated position of your choice, just make sure you keep your spine long.
  • Practice Lion Pose on all fours in table top position, moving into cow pose for every exhalation.
  • Instead of an audible sigh roar loud and long like a lion.
  • If you have high blood pressure or heart problems do Lion pose with a gentle but long unforced outward breath.

 

 

By Vrndavan Dasi

Founder and Principal of Veda Yoga Teacher Training