Simha means a lion. Simhasana I is dedicated to Narasimha (Nara = man | Simha= lion), the Man-Lion Incarnation of Vishnu. There are two variations of this asana. The first, described in the technique given below, follows the texts, whereas the second variation, which is more strenuous to perform but which has greater beneficial effects, is described later as Simhasana II.
- Sit on the floor, with the legs stretched straight in front.
- Raise the seat, bend the right knee and place the right foot under the left buttock. Then bend the left knee and place the left foot under the right buttock. The left ankle should be kept under the right one.
- Sit on the heels with the toes pointing back.
- Then bring the weight of the body on the thighs and knees.
- Stretch the trunk forward and keep the back erect.
- Place the right palm on the right knee and the left palm on the left knee. Stretch the arms straight and keep them stiff. Spread the fingers and press them against the knees.
- Open the jaws wide and stretch the tongue out towards the chin as far as you can.
- Gaze at the centre of the eyebrows or at the tip of the nose. Stay in the pose for about 30 seconds, breathing through the mouth.
- Withdraw the tongue into the mouth, lift the hands from the knees and straighten the legs. Then repeat the pose, first placing the left foot under the right buttock and then the right foot under the left buttock.
- Stay for an equal length of time on both sides.
Effects of Simhasana I
Simhasana I cures foul breath and cleans the tongue. After continued practice speech becomes clearer so this asana is recommended to stammerers. It also helps one to master the three Bandhas.
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