In Sanskrit, 'Simha' means 'Lion' and 'asana' means 'pose'. Not only does this pose work the throat chakra but practiced repeatedly can aid in clear speech and fresh breath (and who doesn't want that!?). Simhasana is a fun and light-hearted posture that resembles the sound of Lion's roar and reminds us take the time to breathe and not take ourselves too seriously.
1. Kneel on the floor and come to sit on the heels, toes will point back. Begin with left ankle underneath right ankle.
2. Sit up tall through the spine and press your palms down on your knees, arms will be straight, fingers spread wide.
3. Inhale deeply, then open the mouth wide and stretch the tongue out towards the chin as far as you can while exhaling through the mouth creating a “ha” sound with the breath. Your gaze (drishti) will be at the center of the eyebrows or the tip of your nose.
5. Stay in pose for about 30 seconds and then change the crossing of the legs and repeat for the same length of time.
To modify or go deeper into the pose:
Modified Variation: If you find the leg position uncomfortable, simply sit in Virasana or Vajrasana. A block underneath the seat will also help if you feel discomfort in the knees.
Cautions and Contraindications:
If you have a knee injury, always be cautious in flexed-knee sitting positions.