Lion Yoga Pose
overview

Lion Yoga Pose is a seated pose that targets the facial muscles and is ideal for yogis and yoginis of all levels.

anahata – the heart chakra
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How To Do Lion Yoga Pose
  1. Begin by kneeling on the ground, buttocks resting on your heels. Lift up the buttocks slightly to cross your right ankle over your left, then sit down back onto your heels. Lift your chest and keep your spine straight.
  2. Press your palms down onto your knees and spread out your fingers.
  3. Take a deep breath through your nose, tilt your head slightly towards the ground, open your mouth as wide as possible and stick out your tongue so it is curling towards your chin. Widen your eyes and make your facial muscles tense.
  4. Exhale loudly, making a sort of guttural “ha” sound.
  5. Roar several times then re-cross your legs so your left ankle is now over your right; repeat the pose.
Notes
  • Breathe deeply through each step.
  • Consult an instructor or doctor is you have a history of knee injuries before attempting this pose.
Tips
When in doubt, think like a lion. Your fingers should become sharp claws, your eyes should have a hunter’s gaze and your voice should come out as a majestic roar.
Stretches & Strengthens

All Muscles: Facial muscles, quads, knees
Target Muscles: Facial muscles

Health Benefits of Lion Yoga Pose
  • Therapeutic for anger and stress.
  • Relieves tension in the body.
  • Improves blood circulation in the face.
  • Prevents and treats throat related sickness.
  • Good vocal exercise for singers.

Sanskrit Name & Meaning

Sanskrit Name & Meaning

Simhasana

(sim-hAHS-anna)

simha: lion, lioness, powerful one
asana: posture

History & Mythology

History & Mythology

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