#WellnessWednesday - Yoga For Life: Week 163

Simhasana - Lion Pose

Many Yoga poses take their names from animals because they were inspired by the shape or personality of the animal that lends their name to the pose. By practicing these shapes we can tune in with the innate intelligence of the animal. Simhasana, lion pose, embodies the pride, bravery, and outspoken nature of this apex predator. By taking this shape ourselves we can begin to foster those qualities within our lives.

 

What To Do

  1. Sit on the knees with the toes together and knees apart.
  2. Place the hands on the floor between the knees with the fingers pointing towards the body.
  3. Stick your tongue out and touch the tip of your tongue to your chin.
  4. Gaze up at your brows.
  5. Reach the tailbone into the floor as you reach the head up.
  6. Exhale forcefully though the mouth as you sit for at least 10 breaths.

 

Benefits

  • Opens the wrists and arms.
  • Stimulates lymph fluid circulation.
  • Clears stale air from the lungs.
  • Cleanses and opens the throat chakra.
  • Strengthens the facial muscles. 

 

Modifications

  • Place a block under the sit bones to release pressure from the knees.
  • Plant the hands on a block if reaching the floor causes the hips to come off the feet.

 

 

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