This pose, more specifically the breath practice, always gets a giggle from students who are unfamiliar with it. And it should, it looks so silly but after you read about the benefits from practicing this funny-looking pranayama practice looking silly won’t sound so bad!
Lion’s Breath (Simhasana) is an invigorating and liberating Pranayama technique that can be practiced anywhere and anytime (as long as you don’t mind spectators). Incorporate a few rounds of this breath into your day to uplift your energy and release negative energy and normal toxin, stagnate oxygen and blood build-up found in our bodies. If that still doesn’t sound worth it here are few more benefits and incentives to roar!
- Boosts vitality
- Enhances circulation
- Relieves neck, jaw, chest, and face tension
- Fortifies voice
- Provides headache relief
- Promotes a healthy, open throat chakra (Visuddha)
- Enhances self-expression
- Tones the platysma muscle that controls the front of the throat
- Increases confidence
- Releases stress, fatigue, and negativity
- Relieves TMJ
To begin find a comfortable seated postion, either have you sit bones root through your mat and come to a comfortable crossed-leg position or you can neel on the floor rooting your shins to the floor and bringing your sit bones to your heels. Once seated find a tall spine with relaxed shoulders.
Press your palms firmly against your knees and spread your fingers wide, really opening up and feeling a stretch through your hand joints.
Take a deep inhalation through the nose. Then simultaneously open your mouth wide and stretch your tongue out, curling its tip down toward the chin, open your eyes wide, contract the muscles on the front of your throat, and exhale the breath slowly out through your mouth with a distinct “ha” sound. The breath should pass over the back of the throat.
Take Lion’s breath two or three times here and feel free to really let it out at any point during your day.
Source: Yoga Vibes