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Lion Pose
Lion Pose

LION Pose

Simhasana (sim-HAHS-uh-nuh)

Lion Pose

Benefits of Lion Pose

  • Stretches neck and throat
  • Relieves tension in facial muscles
  • Keeps the neck and jawline skin toned and tight

Summary of Lion Pose

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.

Lion Pose
Lion Pose

Lion Pose Tutorial

Lion Pose

1.) Begin sitting cross legged.

Lion Pose

2.) Move into Hero Pose, sitting on your heels with your knees together, place your hands on the tops of your thighs.

Lion Pose

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.

Lion Pose
Lion Pose

Health Benefits of Lion Pose

Lion Pose For slowing the aging process

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.

Lion Pose For releasing physical and mental tension

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.

Contraindications & Cautions

  • Tight quadriceps
  • Inflexible wrists (see modifications)

Modifications & Deepening the Pose

Modifying Lion Pose for Other Positions

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)?

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