Friday, April 3, 2009

Exercise for Face | Simhasana - Lion Pose Yoga

Yoga has been widely popular for years owing to its healing powers. This ancient discipline found its origins in India. The word yoga means “union,” which refers to the union occurring between the mind and body. Yoga involves exercise of the body and mind in the form of “asanas” or physical exercises and “pranayama” or breathing exercises.

Simhasana - Lion Yoga Pose

Simhasana is one such type of asana. “Simha” means “lion” in Sanskrit; therefore, assuming the form of a lion is called “simhasana” or “Lion Pose Yoga”. In this asana, the entire body and facial expressions are modified to invoke the force and intensity of a lion. This lion yoga pose is said to be one the best face exercises. There are very fitness regimens that include exercises for the face, and this is just one example of the scope of yoga.

Start by kneeling on the floor and cross your ankles at the back. If you have a knee injury, you could perform the simhasana (lion pose) by sitting down and folding your legs. Your back needs to be upright with your hands resting on the thighs. After this, inhale deeply through your nose and then exhale with your mouth opened wide and tongue extending outwards. While exhaling, you should make a distinctive “ha” sound, resembling the roar of a lion, such that the breath passes over the back of your throat. You should also ensure to fix your gaze at the spot between the eyebrows or at the top of your nose. Repeat this at least 10 times consecutively for maximum benefits. While returning back to the original position, take your tongue in and breathe normally.

Face Exercises

Simhasana (lion pose) words as an ideal exercise for the face, because it exercises the face, mouth, eyes, and neck. Simhasana (lion pose) helps keep to the platysma, a thin, rectangular-shaped muscle in the throat, firm as we grow older. The platysma, when contracted pulls down the mouth and causes wrinkles. Through Simhasana (lion pose), this flat muscle is stimulated keeping it strong.

Simhasana also allows facial muscles to expand and contract. Thus, this stretching improves blood circulation to the face, and thereby the oxygen and nutrient content directed to the face. Stretching also helps in relieving any tension in the face.

Performing the simple eye exercises keeps your eyes healthy as well. It removes any eye nerve weakness by keeping them stimulated. Additionally, the deep inhaling and exhaling allows the neck muscles to be exercised. This exercise is also an excellent preventive measure against sore throat, asthma, and other respiratory ailments. Simhasana (lion pose) helps clear the voice and is also useful against bad breath.

As with any form of yoga, make sure you go to reliable practitioner before attempting to perform the pose at home so as to ensure the exercise is done properly.