Sinhasana

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Sinhasana (Lion posture)

Sinhasana, as the name indicates, is a combination of Simha that stands for Lion and Asana means Pose. Hence, Sinhasana is also known as Lion Pose because its final pose resembles a roaring lion. In this asana, a person needs to position face and body in such a manner that it invokes the intense roar of a lion.  

Sinhasana falls into the category of most comfortable asana that can be performed by anyone at the beginning stage of yoga. Note that this asana encourages your body to showcase the fierce side of you. This asana helps to ease the energy locks inside the human body and can also develop a clear passage for the throat. Experts reveal that this face is one of the best postures for face exercises as it helps to create a path for the blood to circulate in the face area. It is capable enough to reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet. With Sinhasana, the facial skin is stretched and its firmness gets boosted automatically.

Technique 1:

Bend your legs, keep your feet straight and soles facing upwards and sit on your heels, same as sitting in Vajarasana. Your heels should be close to each other while leaving a small gap between your knees.

Place your hands between your thighs and on the floor. The fingers and palm should be facing you (in-wards). Now bend a little in the forward direction, keep your hands straight and do not bend them on the elbow.

Pull your stomach in, expand your chest, keep a straight neck and bring out your tongue and stare at the tip of your nose.

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Technique 2:

Bend your legs, keep your feet straight and soles facing upwards and sit on your heels, same as sitting in Vajarasana. Your heels should be close to each other while leaving a small gap between your knees.

Place your hands between your thighs and on the floor. The fingers and palm should be facing outward.

Important Tip:

The main difference between both the techniques is that in Technique 1, the hands face inward and in Technique 2, hands are in outward direction.

Sit in any position that you are comfortable in, bend your back down a little, then inhale and exhale. Thereafter, bend a little more and roar loudly. Your head must rise up as you roar.

Relax for a few seconds and repeat the process for around three times.

Tip: Squeeze and release your muscles of the anus when in this asana.

Things to know before you practice Sinhasana:

The best time to practice Sinhasana is early in the morning and it must be done with an empty stomach. Prefer to ensure a gap of at least 4-6 hours between asana practice and last meal. You will be happy to know that this asana is quite safe to practice for most of the people and there are no typical preventive measures. In case if you are in trouble due to a knee injury, you can perform this pose by simply sitting on a chair.

Benefits of Sinhasana:

This asana strengthens the spine. The stomach, small and large intestine, kidneys, liver and the spleen function smoothly with the practice of this asana. The body parts above the chest- eyes, ears, nose, and tongue become strong. The sense of touch, smell and see are influenced and helps to keep away the diseases of the throat. Sinhasana helps reduce the problem of stammering. It prevents disorders of the vocal cord and breathing systems and reduces the stiffness of the neck. Both the techniques of Sinhasana provide the same benefits.

Additional Benefits of Sinhasana:

Sinhasana reduces tension and stress on face and chest. Experts reveal that it helps to simulate platysma that further assists to improve firmness in muscles. If we look at the previous sayings, it is believed that Sinhasana us capable enough to destroy most of the disease as it activates 3 most important bandhas that are Uddiyana, Jalandhar, and Mula. The major parts of the body that are targeted by this asana are eyes, face, tongue, vocal cords, tongue, abdomen, respiratory tract, chest, diaphragm, fingers, and hands.

Many medical health experts recommend this asana to those who are suffering from respiratory tract issues as it can help to treat infections. You will be able to avoid bad breath, teeth grinding issue, stuttering, back pains and clenched jaw trouble by practicing this asana in routine. It can also provide relief to burning eyes.

You can perform Sinhasana at anytime of the day. It is beneficial to both men and women. Because you have to roar in this asana, it is always better to do this asana in seclusion.

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