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Your Body -Simhasana (Lion Pose)

We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body. Next in the series is:

Simha means lion in Sanskrit. Since one assumes the pose of a seated lion in this asana, hence the name Simhasana is given to this pose. In this majestic sitting pose the entire body and facial expressions are modified to invoke the great regal force in the practitioner.

Benefits: Relieves the tension in the chest and the face; Helps in the stimulation of platysma, which when contracted, pulls down the corners of the mouth and wrinkles of the skin and on the neck; Simhasana helps keep the platysma firm as we age; According to traditional texts, Simhasana destroys disease and facilitates the three major bandhas (Mula, Jalandhara, Uddiyana).

Method: Sit in Vajrasana with back upright and hands resting on the thighs. Inhale deeply, then exhale with your mouth opened wide, tongue extending out, and eyes looking up to point between your brows while stretching your arms and spreading and extending your fingers out over your knees. Hold this position while inhaling and exhaling two to five times, and feel the breath in the back of your throat. Then exhale as you return to the starting position.

Caution: If you have a knee injury, always be cautious in flexed-knee sitting positions and, if necessary, sit on a chair to do the pose.

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