Practicing Lion’s Breath


Yogic breathing, known as pranayama, can be beneficial for your emotional, mental and physical well-being. It is believed that regulating breathing through these practices prolongs respiration or vitality.

Breathing techniques can improve sleep, increase lung capacity, and improve concentration.

Common pranayama exercises you may have learned in yoga class include the breathing techniques of alternating nostrils, cooling, and ujjaya breathing.

Lions breath carts, or Simkhasana in Sanskrit, is another breathing practice. You can do it alone or as part of a longer practice. Sticking your tongue out and roaring like a lion may be just what you need to relax or express yourself.

Read on to learn more about lions breath carts, its benefits, and how you can use this breathing practice to treat certain conditions.

What is lion’s breath and how can it help?

Lion’s breath is a type of pranayama that is said to relieve stress, eliminate toxins, and stimulate the throat and upper chest area. It is also known in yoga as lion pose.

Fifth Chakra

This breathing practice is related to the thyroid gland and the fifth chakra or energy center. Your fifth chakra is a place of creativity, communication and self-expression.

Relax your neck and face.

You can do the Lion’s Breath to clear your throat if you have a dry mouth or a tickle in your throat. It also helps relax the muscles of your face and neck. This is helpful when you use these muscles when speaking or when you are concentrating.


Vocal cords and diaphragm

And of course, special attention is paid to the lungs.

Lions breath carts stimulates the vocal cords and diaphragm. This has made it a favorite breathing exercise for singers and people with speech disorders like stutterers.

Braking and self-confidence

Because lions breath carts can help you shed your shyness for a period of time, it can also help you in other areas of your life, such as when you want to speak up in certain situations but are shy.

You may also find that the Lion’s Breath helps you release emotions, thoughts or patterns.

How is the Lion’s Breath performed?

The Lion’s Breath can be done at the beginning or end of an asana (posture) or meditation practice. Or you can do it alone throughout the day.

Find the position in which you will sit.

Lion’s Breath can be done sitting on a chair or in a quadrupedal position on a table. However, there are many other sitting postures that you can use to practice lions breath carts.

These include:

Pose of Thunder (knees together or apart).

Hero’s Pose

Half Lotus Pose

Pose of Lightness (sitting with legs crossed)