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How to carry out simhasana

HOW TO CARRY OUT SIMHASANA

SIMHASANA or LION POSE

Lets see the meaning and how to carry out simhasana the lion pose.

HOW TO CARRY OUT SIMHASANA

  • Kneel on the mat and place your right ankle above the left one.
  • Point your feet towards the outside and sit down with your buttocks in contact with the right heel, that is placed above.
  • At this point rests your palms on your knees by exerting pressure.
  • Separate your fingers and grasp your knees, you need to imagine that your fingers are the claws of a lion.
  • Now inhale deeply through your nose, open your mouth and put your tongue out, pointing it towards your chin.
  • Open your eyes and contract the front muscles of your neck.
  • Exhaling deeply from the mouth, try to make a sound similar to “ahhhhh” (almost a roar).
  • Some books and schools recommend looking towards the space between the eyebrows while others suggest to direct your gaze towards the tip of the nose.
  • At this point, hold for a few minutes or until you are able to maintain a proper balance.
  • To exit from the pose, bring you ankles close together resting your feet on the mat and sit down for a minute in VAJRASANA.

Simhasana or lion pose, comes from the Sanskrit simha, that means “lion” and asana “pose”, for which we think it is right that the word Simhasana can be literally translated as “Lion pose”.
In some texts however it is also called Simhagarjanasana.

But be careful because this pose

– Must be performed with caution if you suffer from disturbances to the joints of the knees: you can in this case use a cushion or a towel folded behind the knee, where it bends, to widen the angle of the bend.

– Also be careful if you have recently undergone an operation at the level of the throat, neck or face.

BENEFITS OF SIMHASANA

Let us now also take a look at the benefits the lion pose brings:

  • Reduces stress and anger.
  • Relaxes and reduces the tension at the level of the throat and of the face muscles.
  • Stimulates the function of the tonsils and the immune system in general.
  • Strengthens the muscles of the neck and shoulders.
  • Helps to heal the sore throat and other minor disorders of the respiratory system.
  • Facilitates the execution of the three main bandha (Mulabandha, Jalandharabandha, Uddiyanabandha).

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