Simhagarjanasana (Roaring Lion Pose)

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Simhagarjanasana (Roaring Lion Pose)
Simhagarjanasana (Roaring Lion Pose)

Simhagarjanasana, or Lion’s Roar Pose, is a variation of Simhasana or Lion’s Pose. It involves sitting in the lion’s pose and roaring like a lion. It’s an extremely therapeutic exercise.


English NameRoaring Lion Pose
Sanskrit NameSimhagarjanasana
MeaningThe word “Simha” means “lion”, garajana means “roaring”, and “asana” means “pose”. Simhagarajasana translates into the pose of the roaring lion.
Base PositionSitting on the heels
Duration5-10 minutes
Body PartThroat, Knees, Thighs
CategoryVajrasana Group of Asanas
BenefitsSimhagarjanasana is believed to have many benefits, including reducing stress and tension, releasing negative emotions, improving respiratory health, strengthening the vocal cords, and promoting overall well-being.
Overview of Simhagarjanasana

How to do Simhagarjanasana (Roaring Lion Pose)

  1. Sit in simhasana.
  2. Open the eyes and gaze at the eyebrow centre, adopting shambhavi mudra.
  3. Relax the whole body.
  4. Keep the mouth closed.
  5. Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose.
  6. At the end of inhalation, open the mouth and extend the tongue out as far as possible towards the chin.
  7. While slowly exhaling, produce a clear, steady ‘aaa’ sound from the throat, keeping the mouth wide open. Do not strain or force the sound in any way.
  8. At the end of exhalation, close the mouth and breathe in. This is one round.

Breathing pattern while doing Simhagarjanasana: Inhale slowly through the nose and then slowly exhale through the mouth with the ‘aaah’ sound.

Benefits of doing Simhagarjanasana (Roaring Lion Pose)

  1. Reduces stress and tension: The forceful exhalation and release of sound in Simhagarjanasana can help to reduce stress and tension in the body and mind. Tension is removed from the chest and diaphragm.
  2. Releases negative emotions: The roaring sound made during this posture can help to release negative emotions, allowing for a greater sense of peace and clarity.
  3. Improves respiratory health: Simhagarjanasana involves deep breathing, which can help to improve respiratory health and increase lung capacity.
  4. Strengthens the vocal cords: The sound made during Simhagarjanasana can help to strengthen the vocal cords and improve vocal quality.
  5. Activates the throat chakra: The practice of the roaring lion pose can help to activate the Vishuddha or throat chakra, which can improve communication skills and promote self-expression.
  6. Promotes overall well-being: The combination of deep breathing, sound release, and stretching in Simhagarjanasana can promote overall well-being and leave you feeling energized and revitalized.
  7. This is an excellent asana for the throat, nose, ears, eyes and mouth, especially if performed facing the healing rays of the early morning sun. 
  8. Simhagarjanasana is useful for people who stutter or who are nervous and introverted. It develops a strong and beautiful voice.

Variation: Move the tongue slowly from side to side, while making a long ‘aaa’ sound.