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The name comes from the Sanskrit words simha meaning lion, and asana meaning posture. The asana resembles a seated lion, hence the name Simha (lion in Sanskrit) asana. The practitioner's facial expressions are modified to resemble a lion.


  1. Sit in Vajrasana and spread your knees.simhasana_steps_lion_pose
  2. Your spine should straight but as relaxed as possible.
  3. The fingers of your hands should face backwards and be kept straight in between your legs.
  4. Now inhale and take out your tongue. Try to look between in the eyebrows and exhale.
  5. During exhaling roar like a lion. (Roaring sound “Haa”).
  6. After Roaring hold the pose for 20 to 30 sec.
  7. Repeat this process about 4 to 6 times.
  8. After doing Simhasana while taking the saliva inside the mouth, massage the throat lightly.
  9. Don’t inhale quickly after this posture; try to inhale after the 20 to 30 seconds.[1]

Technique in pictures/animation


  • Relieves tension in the face and chest
  • Improves circulation of blood to the face
  • Keeps your eyes healthy by stimulating the nerves
  • Stimulates and firms the platysma
  • Helps prevent sore throat, asthma, and other respiratory ailments
  • May help treat bad breath
  • Is said to eradicate disease[2]

Related Asanas

Special requisites

  • This asana is very safe to practice and has no real preventive measures. If you have a knee injury, you could sit on a chair and do the pose.

Initial practice notes

When you start off, you might not realize that the shoulder blades and the hands are connected sympathetically.[3]

This is one of the Asanas prescribed in Hatha Yoga Pradipika.


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