Lions Breath – Roar Away Your Toxins!
Arguably Simhasana is the funniest looking yoga pose, but also, Lion's Breath is a powerful way to release toxins and clear your mind!
Sit in on your ankles. Your spine should be straight but as relaxed as possible. Inhale deep into the belly, then exhale and roar like a lion (make the sound "Haa!"). Stick your tongue out as far as it will go. Try to look between your eyebrows and hold the deep exhale, letting everything out.
After roaring, hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds, extending the tongue out as far as it goes. At the same time, extend out your fingers and stretch out your palms.
Repeat this process about 3 to 5 times, consciously telling yourself to release any toxins or negativity inside you. At the end of each round, take a big deep breath in and let yourself relax. You will feel light and refreshed.
Simhasana improves blood circulation in the face, tongue and throat. It clears the vocal chords and helps open the respiratory tract. It is therapeutic for tonsils, thyroid and other problems related to the throat. It stimulates the parasympathetic system. It helps reduce ear problems and is known to assist children who have a lisp. It can relieve certain back pain and tension in the jaws. It prevents the throat from drooping with age. It helps relieve anger and frustration and promotes healthy living.
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SHAZIA OMAR is a writer, an activist and a yogini www.shaziaomar.com