This posture resembles that of a seated lion and hence the name of Simhasana or Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath.
While practicing the expressions will be changed to resemble those of the lion’s expressions and are called Simha Mudra.
Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath increases the internal temperature of the body and thus prepares you for more yoga asana.
How to do Simha Pranayama or Lions Breathing?
Step-1: To start practicing Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath, sit in Vajrasana, lean over your heels so that your hips rest on the sides of your feet.
Step-2: Open your knees in Vajrasana and place your hands back so that they are sitting directly between your legs.
Step-3: To perform Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath, close your mouth and seal your tongue against the hard palate.
Step-4: Take a deep breath while holding your tongue against the hard palate. and try to relax your shoulders.
Step-5: Close your eyes and bring your attention to the third eye while you inhale.
Step-6: As you exhale, open your mouth, stretch all the muscles of your face and stick your tongue out as much as possible and create “haaa” sounds like a lion roar.
Step-7: Mouth should be opened as much as possible when doing Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath.
Step-8: This is Lions Breath. Hold the final position for 20-30 seconds before inhaling again.
Step-9: Practice the Lions Breath for 3-4 rounds.
Step-10: In the end, return the tongue to the mouth and relax the throat and facial muscles.
Step-11: Take a deep breath and relax
How long to do Lions Breathe or Simha Pranayama?
- Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath should ideally be performed for 5-7 minutes.
- If any discomfort is felt, the practice should be stopped immediately and reclined in relaxation asanas such as Shavasana.
Preparatory And Follow Up Poses
- Baddha Konasana
- Supta Virasana
- Supta Baddha Konasana
Follow Up poses
You can do any poses
Benefits of Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath
- Make Jaws Strong: Lions Breath is beneficial for relieving tension that occurs in the jaws due to the grinding of the teeth and jaw.
- Improves Throat Muscles It prevents the throat from falling with age since Simha Pranayama / Lion’s Breath stimulates the platysma, which is a thin and wide muscle. This muscle is responsible for pulling the corners of the mouth and the fall of the throat.
- Confidence Booster: Another benefit of Lions Breath is that it promotes good posture and apparently increases the level of confidence.
- With Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath, the tongue is stretched and subsequently the blood circulation increases to the throat and tongue.
- It improves your vocal tone.
- Neck and Chest Pain: Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath is beneficial for releasing the accumulated tension in the neck and chest.
- Bring Peace: It helps relieve anger and frustration and promote a healthy life.
- It is also said that Simha Pranayama treats menstrual problems in women.
- Digestion: Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath improves digestion and helps relieve reproductive problems as well.
Tips for Beginners
- Do not bend your arms while practicing Simha Pranayama
- While releasing the asana, straighten the neck and the whole body while placing the hands on the gr by the hips.
- The speed and duration of inhalations and exhalations must be even.
- Simha Pranayama should be performed before and after asanas as a cleaning method.
- It is also said that Simha Pranayama relieves Pitta Dosha.
- It should be performed during or after stressful situations to relieve anxiety and bring peace.
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I hope you guys understand very well how to do Simha Pranayama or Lions Breath. If you have any doubts then let me know in the comment section. Stay healthy stay fit