Simhagarjanasana / Lion Roaring Pose

Roshan Shrestha September 6, 2022 11:53 pm

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Simhagarjanasana or the Lion Roaring Pose is the seated posture that resembles a roaring lion. This pose, primarily, massages and stimulates the tonsils.

Sanskrit Name and Meaning of Lion Roaring Pose

  • Sanskrit Name – Simhagarjanasana
  • Pronunciation – Sim-Huh-Gur-Jun-Aah-Suh-Nuh
  • Meaning
    • Simha – Lion
    • Garjana – Roaring

Note – There’s no need to strain yourself by doing more than what you can. It will do more harm than good. Seek expert guidance if you’re unsure about anything.

Step-by-Step Instruction

  1. Sit in Simhasana.
  1. Open your eyes and gaze at the eyebrow center.
  1. Keep your mouth closed. Inhale deeply through the nose.
  1. At the end of the exhalation, open your mouth and extend your tongue toward your chin.
  1. Exhale slowly and produce an “Aaah” sound from the throat.
  1. At the end of the exhalation, close your mouth and inhale. Repeat for five to ten rounds.

Tips for Beginners

  1. For Steps 1 – 6 – The toes of both feet should stay in contact.
  1. For Steps 1 – 6 – Your spine should be straight and relaxed.
  1. For Steps 1 – 6 – Fold the tongue back and press the tongue against the upper palate.

Modifications and Props

  1. For Difficulty doing Sambhavi Mudra – Gaze at the ceiling.
  1. For Beginners – Place a blanket under your knees to avoid pain.
  1. For Tight Hips – Place a blanket under your lower hip or try Sukhasana instead.

Contra-Indications

  1. Avoid the pose in case of knee and neck injuries.

Benefits

  1. Reduces stress.
  2. Relieves back pain.
  3. All Vajrasana benefits including constipation and sciatic nerve relief.
  4. Massages and stimulates the tonsils.
  5. Cures bad breath.
  6. Stimulates the pharynx, the larynx, and the salivary glands.
  7. Helps people with Hypothyroidism.

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References

  • References from Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • References from Wikipedia

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