Lengthens spinal cord, improves circulation to face
Relieves tension from diaphragm
Relieves frustration, stress and introversion
How to perform lion
- Sit on your heels. Bring your feet together and knees wide.
- Place your palms on the floor in between your knees, fingers pointed toward feet. Straighten your arms and lengthen your spine.
- Inhale deeply through your nose.
- Open your mouth wide, stick out your tongue, look up and exhale while making a ‘hhhaaa’ sound. Close your mouth. Take a natural breath.
- Repeat this breath five times. Release the pose.
- Open mouth wide
- Actively stretch tongue out of mouth
- Spread fingers wide
- Lengthen and arch the spine
More yoga poses to discover
Lion (Simhasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the breathing exercises and seated categories. This asana targets spine and wrists and also involves knees and quadriceps muscles. Lion stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory.
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