Simhasana Steps, And Benefits

Did you ever think of a yoga pose that requires you to make a sound? Or did you ever think that a yoga pose can improve vocal quality? I am going to introduce you to such an asana – Simhasana.

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.

– Etty Hittlesum

Simhasana is a seated asana practiced in Hatha Yoga that prerequisite energetic and strong breathing technique. [1]

Simhasana helps to reduce stress, anger, anxiety and makes you feel happy. [2]yogainernational.comIt goes about as a healing instrument for the throat and lungs. [3]

English Name and Meaning of Simhasana

This name Simhasana comes from Sanskrit

Simha means Lion

Asana means Pose

Hence in English, it is known as Simhasana and it is pronounced as sim-HAHS-anna. [4]

Lion pose


It is also known as Narsimhasana (also a Sanskrit word) that is the lion avatar of God Vishnu. [5]

In this pose, one looks like a lion, and the sound s/he makes resemble a lion’s roar. It is the unique asana that requires you to make a sound. 

Simhasana stimulates the platysma (a wide sheet of muscle that runs from jaw to collar bone). [6]

Let’s get deeper into this topic and learn the steps to do Simhasana. Grab your yoga mat and be ready to perform it with me.

How to do Simhasana/Lion Pose?

simhasana  steps
  • First, you need to kneel and sit on the heels as you maintain Vajrasana and keep the back straight
  • Separate your knees as far as you can and lean forward a bit
  • Place your hands on the floor in front of you, palm facing downward and fingers pointing towards your body
  • Gaze at the point of the third eye somewhat on the gap between your eyebrows
  • Take a deep breathe through the nose and relax your body
  • Then exhale through the mouth, bring your tongue out, and make an “HAA” sound
  • That sound must be intense, as you are roaring
  • Close your mouth and again inhale through the nose
  • Hold the pose for a few breathes and repeat the same for 4 to 5 times

Now, when you have done the Simhasana let’s know about its benefits 

Benefits of Simhasana/ Lion Pose

simhasana benefits
  • Simhasana not only benefits the physical body but also has mental benefits such as it keeps a check on anxiety and stress
  • It helps to reduce tension from the chest and face
  • It facilitates three of the bandhas or body lock Mula, Jalandhara, and Uddiyana
  • Reduce the stiffness from the jaw
  • Its an exercise for the tongue
  • Beneficial in burning eyes (irritation in eyes and have tears)
  • It increases the blood flow to the face, and also considered as one of the best exercises for face
  • Helps in bad breath
  • One of the underrated benefits of Simhasana is it stimulates the platysma (a wide sheet of muscle that runs from jaw to collar bone).
  • As I have mentioned earlier that it improves vocal quality, improves the texture and tone of voice
  • It stimulates “Manipura Chakra” (center of vitality)
  • It is an anti-aging Yogasana that helps to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and helps to get a bright glow on the face
  • Helpful for those who stutter
  • It is said that it destroys all the disease [7]

In certain conditions Simhasana should be avoided, now I will tell you those conditions.

Precautions and Contraindications

Although this is an easy pose there are some cases you should avoid doing it:

Simhasana precautions

If you have a weak wrist don’t place your hands on the floor, it will increase the strain there

Those of you who have an injury in your knee must avoid Simhasana or use a chair. Supervision of an expert is advisable


Like other asanas, the best time to do Simhasana is early morning. However, if you find it difficult to do this in the early morning you can even perform it in the late evening.

Your bowel should be empty. You must wait for at least 4 to 5 hours after having a full meal.


Do the Simhasana whenever you are feeling exhausted, stressed, anxious, and angry it will uplift your mood.

It is a unique asana that requires you to make sound, this thing helps to improve texture and tone of voice.

Are you going to add Simhasana to your routine? Comment down below.


This article provides general information only. It would be better if you consult an expert. It is not a substitute for an expert at all.

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