Yoga Lion Pose - Simhasana
About Yoga Lion Pose
In our attempts to shape up and get fit we often fail to give importance to our facial muscles and neck muscles. The muscles in your face and neck need just as much attention as the other muscles in your body! The lion pose is a unique asana which focuses primarily on these two parts of your body, and yields exceptional health benefits which you will read about shortly. As with other yoga poses, the lion pose should be preceded by a few warm up exercises to prevent muscle straining or cramps. You can perform the baddha konasana, virasana, dandasana or siddhasana before you attempt the lion pose.
Step By Step Instructions
Find a peaceful spot with minimal distractions and follow these simple guidelines to perform the lion pose!
- Position yourself on the yoga mat in a seated pose with your hips resting on your heels.
- Rest your palms on your knees. As you inhale, raise your head to elongate the spine.
- Exhale and shift your palms to the mat and place them in front of your knees and arch your back.
- Focus on the third eye point as you stick out your tongue and roar!
- Breathe in, and revert back to step 1.
- Repeat the lion pose 2-5 times at least.
Health Benefits of Lion Pose
Let’s take a look at the myriad health benefits of the yoga lion pose!
- Releases the tension and stress in the neck and face muscles.
- Prevents wrinkle formation.
- Acts as a stimulant for the tonsils.
- Strengthens the voice, throat and lungs.
- Stimulates the facial muscles.
- Therapeutic for stressed out eyes muscles.
Things to Remember!
Individuals with knee, neck or face injuries, or chronic pain in either one of these body parts should refrain from attempting the yoga lion pose. Enlist the help of a qualified yoga teacher so that suitable lion pose modifications can be suggested according to your condition!