Simhasana / Lion Pose

Roshan Shrestha September 6, 2022 11:53 pm

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Simhasana or Lion Pose is a seated posture resembling a lion sitting quietly waiting for something to happen. This pose is a variation of the Simhagarjanasana or the Roaring Lion Pose.

Sanskrit Name and Meaning of Lion Pose

  • Sanskrit Name – Simhasana
  • Pronunciation – Sim-Haah-Suh-Nuh
  • Meaning –
    • Simha – Lion

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 a kneeling position, Vajrasana, and spread your knees about 45 degrees wide.
  1. Slightly lean forward and place your palms on the floor between the knees, with the fingers facing your body.
  1. Rest your body weight on your arms and arch your back.
  1. Tilt your head back, close your eyes, and gaze at the eyebrow center. Keep your mouth closed. Hold for five breaths.

Tips for Beginners

  1. For Steps 1 – 4 – The toes of both feet should stay in contact.
  1. For Step 4 – You can open your eyes and gaze at the ceiling if it’s difficult to assume Sambhavi Mudra (Gazing at the eyebrow center with eyes closed).
  1. For Steps 1 – 4 – Your spine should be straight and relaxed.

Modifications and Props

  1. For Tight Hips – Place a blanket under your lower hip or try Sukhasana instead.
  1. For Beginners – Place a blanket under your knees to avoid pain.

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.

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References

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

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