Simhasana (Lion Pose): Step by Step & Benefits
In Sanskrit language word “Simha” stands for Lion and also the seated pose of this asana is resembles to majestic and seated pose king of forest, “Lion” that is why it is also renowned as “Singhasana” or “Lion Pose”. This unique asana is established and practiced by the yogis since ancient times. Here we showcase steps for how to do Simhasana and straightforward techniques for gaining its encouraging benefits. According to old tradition, this asana helps to removes each & every ailments and offers three chief Bandhas known as Mula, Jalandhara & Uddiyana.
Following are the steps for how to do Simhasana with appropriate handiness helps for obtaining useful Simhasana benefits.
Step 1: -
First of all kneel down on the floor and place the knees apart about the width of shoulders.
Step 2: -
Then sit back on the heels such that calves are placed flat on the ground.
Step 3: -
Now try to spread knees little bit further as much as it feels comfort.
Step 4: -
Now straighten and lengthen up the back and shoulder muscles and sit straight.
Step 5: -
Place both hands loosely over the knees and avoid rounding of shoulders.
Step 6: -
Now inhale and tilt the body slightly forward by keeping the spine straight and placing the hands on the ground.
Step 7: -
Then stretch the mouth and try to bring tongue out as much as possible.
Step 8: -
Lengthen the tongue and gaze on the nose tip and also tighten and straighten up the fingers out from their resting place on the knees.
Step 9: -
Retain this posture for one complete breathe and after relaxing for some time tilt back and allow the fingers to drop back to the knees and provide relaxation to mouth and tongue by closing them.
Step 10: -
Repeat the same process for 3-4 times by dividing them in various sessions.
Time Duration of Simhasana
As there is no specific time duration for practicing Lion pose so it is suggested that one should practice asana as long as one feels it comfort and ease but don’t try to overdo it.
Advantages of Simhasana
1) Simhasana benefits to alleviate tension from the chest and face.
2) It assists to keep platysma firm with increase in age.
3) It also helps to make thyroid gland active.
4) Simhasana steps helps to keep away major ailments and offers three major Bandhas known as Mula, Jalandhara and Uddiyana.
5) Simhasana benefits to exercise neck muscles and for advancing blood circulation in the body.
Precautions of Simhasana
1) While practicing Simhasana one should keep one’s hands straight on respective knees by keeping the chest erect.
2) When one is bringing tongue out one should exhale from the mouth by making some sound.
3) After completing entire process retain the posture for some time interval and again practice by bringing tongue out.
4) People suffering from knee injury should avoid practice of Lion Pose or if necessary practice it by sitting on chair.
Asanas described here should be practiced strictly under the guidance of Yoga teacher or under the supervision of yoga expert only.