How to do Simhagarjanasana (Roaring Lion Pose) or (Lion pose)

In Sanskrit “Simha” means “Lion”. As name itself suggests this asana you make a roaring pose and produce a sound from your throat. Focus is mainly on the mouth area and connected parts. This is another vajrasana group of asana. Simhagarjanasana is an excellent asana for alleviating diseases of the throat, nose, ears, eyes and mouth. Tension is removed from the chest and diaphragm.. This asana is said to be useful for the people who stutter and who are nervous and introvert. It develops a strong and beautiful voice.

Steps to do Simhagarjanasana:

  1. Sit in vajrasana with the knees apart (spread as far as possible).
  2. Place the palms of the hands on the floor between the knees with the fingers inside (pointing towards the body), keep the arms straight.
  3. Lean forward and tilt the head back, open the eyes and gaze upwards (to the sky).
  4. Inhale deeply through the nose, while exhaling – open the mouth and take out the tongue out as much as possible.
  5. Exhale the breath and produce a sound (aaah) from the throat, keeping the mouth wide open. Focus on the sound you are producing from the throat.
  6. At the end of exhalation close the mouth and breathe in completing one round. Do at least 5 rounds.
  7. As a variation, you can also move the tongue from side to side. This asana may be
    performed at any time.
  8. This asana can be followed by Balasan or Shavasan.

Benefits:

  1. Cures bad breath.
  2. Removes wrinkles.
  3. Tensed up neck muscles are massaged.
  4. Tone of the voice is improved.
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