Simhasana - Lion Yoga Pose

21 October 2023 by
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In Sanskrit, “Simha” means “Lion.” This posture is aptly named because it resembles a roaring lion about to attack.

Position of Readiness

  1. Fold back both legs at the knees and be seated on the curve of the soles and toes, keeping the heels apart and turned upwards under the hips.
  2. Make the body straight.
  3. Keep the head, neck, and spine in one line.
  4. Look forward.
  5. Place the palms on their respective side knees.
  6. Breathe normally.


  1. Place the balls of the hands on the knees, straighten the arms, and keep the back erect with the head straight.
  2. Start exhaling partially through both nostrils and partially through the mouth.
  3. Simultaneously extend the tongue fully.
  4. By the time the tongue is fully extended, the exhalation should be complete.
  5. Retain the breath.
  6. Spread out the fingers of both hands and tighten them.
  7. Stretch the eyes and make them look frightening.
  8. Keep the whole body tight and strained for about six to eight seconds. This is Simha Asana.
  9. After a few seconds, start inhaling and withdraw the tongue.
  10. Gradually loosen the body while inhaling and pulling back the tongue.
  11. When the tongue is fully withdrawn, close the mouth and breathe normally. Rest for a few seconds.
  12. Let the whole body relax while maintaining the same seated position.

Daily Practice

  • Do not perform more than four rounds in a single sitting.
  • Begin with two rounds daily during the first week.


  • Simhasana benefits various parts of the body that most other asanas do not, including the face, jaw, mouth, throat, and tongue.
  • Medicinal value for curing throat trouble, voice deficiency, and tonsillitis.
  • Positive effects on the respiratory system.
  • Activates the larynx, trachea, and all the bronchioles.
  • Provides an invigorating effect on the thyroid cartilages.

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