In Sanskrit Simh is known as Lion. This asana is thus known as Simhasana since the facial expressions and the entire force in the body is modified as such that it appears to be as a lion. This asana thus can be performed as follows;
- Sit in Vajrasana or the Thunderbolt pose.
- Kneel on the floor and cross the front of the right ankle over the back of the left. The feet will point out towards the sides. Sit back so the perineum snuggles down onto the on the top (right) heel.
- Now press your palms firmly against your knees. Open your palms and splay your fingers like the sharpened claws of a large feline or a Lion.
- Take a deep inhalation through the nose. Then simultaneously open your mouth wide and stretch your tongue outwards, curling its tip down toward the chin, open your eyes wide, contract the muscles on the front of your throat, and exhale the breath slowly out through your mouth making a with a distinct sound of "ha". The breath should pass over from the back of the throat.
- Make this roaring sound at least three to four times.
- Then change the cross of your legs and repeat the same number of times.
The benefits of this asana are:
- This asana is very useful for individuals with bad breathe.
- Relieves the tension in the chest and the face.
- This asana helps in the stimulation of platysma, which when is contracted; pulls down the corners of the mouth and wrinkles of the skin & on the neck.
- And even keeps the platysma firm as we go on aging.
- This asana destroys various diseases.
- Helps in the facilitation of the three major Bandhas, as Muladhar, Jalandhar and Uddiyana.
- Relieves sore throat and various respiratory ailments.
- Muscles of neck are exercised and also the circulation of blood is increased in them.
- Stimulates the thyroid gland.
- Cures various diseases of face, tongue, vocal cord, and even anus.
- Exercises the diaphragm.
- Brings about the exercise of lungs thus increasing their oxygen intake capacity.
Precautionary measures that are to be followed in this asana are:
- Should not be practiced if suffering from any knee injury. And instead of kneeling on the floor a chair can be used.