Simhasana (Roaring Lion Pose)
The starting position-Sit in Vajrasana position(kneel on the floor , bring the big toes together and separate the heels. lower the buttocks onto the inside of the feet with heels touching sides of the hips , hands resting either on thighs or on the floor and back straight.)
Separate the knees about 45 cm apart. If possible, face the sun.
Place the palms of the hands on the floor between the knees, with the fingers pointing towards the body. . Lean forward, resting the body on the straight arms. Arch the back and gently tilt the head back so that there is a comfortable amount of tension in the neck.
Open the eyes and gaze at the eyebrow centre, adopting shambhavi mudra (refer to section on mudra).
Relax the whole body.
Keep the mouth closed. Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose.
At the end of inhalation open the mouth and extend the tongue out as far as possible towards the chin.
While slowly exhaling, produce a clear, steady 'aaah' sound from the throat, keeping the mouth wide open.
At the end of exhalation, close the mouth and breathe in. This is one round.
Inhale slowly through the nose and then slowly,exhale through the mouth with the 'AAAHH' sound.
This is an excellent asana for alleviating diseases of the throat, nose, eyes and mouth. This asana stretches the chest, abdominal, hip flexors and diaphragm muscles. In India it is also used in voice culture course.