Simhasana – Lion Pose

Simhasana – Lion Pose


Simhasana is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Simha(Lion) and asana (posture or pose). The reason for the name Simhasana is, it resembles the position of the roaring lion. It is called as Lion Pose in English.

Preparatory Poses for Simhasanaare Virasana, Siddhasana, SuptaVirasana, Svanasana, Supta Baddha Konasana, Sukhasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Baddha Konasana and Dandasana; and the follow-Up Poses are Balasana, Ustrasana and Ardha Mandalasana and almost any pose can be performed.

Simhasana can be practised by all level of students. It is one of the easiest yoga pose. It helps to stop the bad breath. This pose helps to stop the drooping of the throat with age.

Steps Involved:

  1. Start with form the Vajrasana pose.
  2. Keep your knees spread.
  3. Make sure that your spine should be straight.
  4. Fingers should face backwards.
  5. Keep the hands straight in between the legs.
  6. Inhale; take out your tongue.
  7. Exhale; Try to look between in the eyebrows.
  8. Note: you can roar like a lion, during the exhaling (Like “Haa”).
  9. After the roaring, hold in this position for 30 to 60 seconds.
  10. Repeat all the above steps three to five times to get the better results.


  • Develops the sonorous and beautiful voice.
  • Keeps the face look younger.
  • It is described as the destroyer of all diseases.
  • Increases the blood circulation to the face.
  • Relaxes the neck muscles.
  • Helps to exercise the tongue.
  • Relieves the burning eyes.
  • Helps to prevent sore asthma, throat and other respiratory ailments.
  • Solves many voice related problems.
  • Helps to remove the defects in mouth, ears, nose and throat.
  • Stops the bad breath.
  • It cures the back pains, teeth grinding and clenched jaws.
  • It helps to cure the stuttering.
  • Best pose for thyroid, tonsils and other throat related problems.
  • It helps to relieve the tension in facial muscles.
  • Stimulates the platysma.
  • Good for Uddiyana banda, Jalandarabandha and Moola bandha.
  • Reduce the tension and stress on the face and chest areas.
  • Benefits the following parts:  respiratory tract, eyes, throat, abdomen, the face, diaphragm, chest, vocal chords, hands, tongue and the fingers.

Dos, Don’ts and Tips:

People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.

  • knee Injury

Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.

It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.