Lion Pose has many variations as the main components only involve the face, throat and chest. It’s usually practiced in a seated position but can be adapted to supine poses, backbends and even inversions.
1.) Begin sitting cross legged.
2.) Move into Hero Pose, sitting on your heels with your knees together, place your hands on the tops of your thighs.
3.) Take a big inhale, and on the exhale open your mouth and stick out your tongue, making a roar as air releases from your body.
Simhasana stimulates a small muscle at the front of our throat called platysma. The platysma makes a big contribution to how we look as we age - when contracted, it pulls down in the corners of the mouth. Keeping your platysma active and firm will slow down the ageing appearance associated with sagging neck skin, downturned corners of the mouth and a vague jawline. Practising Lion Pose will keep your neck and face looking toned and youthful.
The act of forceful breaths, combined with engaging facial muscles and chest, is great for releasing anger and frustration. If there is something in particular bothering you, bring your focus to it as you inhale, and visualise letting go as you breathe out. Releasing mental stress has positive effects on our body, and it is even possible to condition our body to relax through exhalations outside of yoga studio if you exercise Lion Pose often.
Since the only condition is for you to be able to manipulate your facial muscles, Lion Pose can be added to almost any type of asana. Next time you practice, why not try combining Lion Pose with Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana), Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) or during initial meditation in Cross-Legged Seat (Sukhasana)?