The English translation of the Sanskrit word Simha refers to Lion. Hence, this posture, also known as The Lion Posture is said to resemble a roaring Lion.
- Fold the legs at the knees and sit on the curve of the toes and soles, the heels should be kept as wide apart as possible, turned in upward direction, underneath the hips.
- The body, neck and spine should be kept in straight line. The palms should be placed on respective knees, and breathing can be continued normally.
- Exhale partially through the nostrils and partially through the mouth, slowly extending the tongue outside. Now extend the tongue outside completely and exhale. Hold on the breath and extend the fingers of both the hands and tighten them. Stretch the eyes and tighten all the muscles in the body to give a frightening look. Hold on in this position for a few seconds.
- Inhale and gently withdraw the tongue and then close the mouth, and breathe normally for a few seconds. Relax and continue to rest in that position for sometime before repeating.
Unlike the other Asanas, Simhasana benefits the parts of the body like the face, mouth, jaw, tongue and the throat. It also provides relief from tonsillitis, throat problems, voice deficiency, stimulates the trachea, Larynx and Bronchioles and has a good impact on the respiratory system. Simhasana is also considered as a useful pose for individuals with bad breath and for stammering.