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Simhasana
 

What is Simhasana?

Simha means lion in Sanskrit since one assumes the pose of a seated lion in this asana, hence the name Simhasana is given to this pose. In this majestic sitting pose the entire body and facial expressions are modified to invoke the great regal force in the practitioner.

 

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How to practice Simhasana?

Sit in Vajrasana with back upright and hands resting on the thighs. Inhale deeply, then exhale with your mouth opened wide, tongue extending out, and eyes looking up to point between your brows while stretching your arms and spreading and extending your fingers out over your knees. Hold this position while inhaling and exhaling two to five times, and feel the breath in the back of your throat. Then exhale as you return to the starting position.

 
What are the benefits of practicing Simhasana?

An often-overlooked benefit of Simhasana is that helps keep the platysma (a flat, thin, rectangular-shaped muscle on the front of the throat) firm as we grow older. The platysma, when contracted, pulls down on the corners of the mouth and wrinkles the skin of the neck. Simhasana gives stretch to face and arms and relieves tension in the chest and face. It can also relieve a sore throat and other respiratory ailments. According to traditional texts, Simhasana helps to cure diseases and facilitates the three major Bandhas (Mula, Jalandhara, Uddiyana).

 
Cautions

If you have a knee injury avoid sitting in vajrasana, instead you can sit on a chair to do the pose.

 

Yoga Exercises

Adho Mukha Svanasana II Anulom Viloma II Apanasana II Ardha Matsyendhrasana II Balasana II Bhunjangasana II Bidalasana II Chandrasana II Chaturangasana II Gomukhasana II Halasana II Janu Sirsasana II Jathra Parivartanasan II Konasana II Mandukasana II Matsyasana II Natarajasana II Padmasan II Paripurna Navasana II Parsva Uttanasana II Pascimottanasana II Pranayama II Purvottanasana II Salamba Sirsasana II Sarvangasana II Setu Bandha Sarvangasana II Siddhasana II Simhasana II Sukhasana II Utkatasana II Uttanasana II Utthita II Vajrasana II Virbhadrasana II Vriksasana

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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