How to Do Lion’s Breath
Start by coming into a comfortable position. You can be seated, kneeling, or even lying down. Soften your gaze between your eyebrows. As you open your mouth wide, stick out your tongue as far as it will go toward your chin. Now exhale strongly while making the sound of a fierce roaring lion! Repeat this 3 to 5 times and then pause to observe your body and mind. This breathing can also be done in any upright yoga pose.
The Benefits of Lion’s Breath
There are many benefits associated with practicing lion’s breath. It can free us from negative emotions allowing us to feel more grounded and centered. It is a powerful energizing breath that awakens the body and calms the mind; helping to expel pent-up anger, frustration, and stagnant physical energy. It helps us invoke a fiercely courageous attitude, and face our lives with a renewed sense of pride, dignity, and bravery!
Clears Energy Blockages
Clearing away energetic blockages by learning how to regulate your breath is a powerful way to bring about health, liberation, and restoration of inner balance.
Stimulates the Throat Chakra
Lion’s breath stimulates the throat chakra, which is the center of communication and self-expression. Activating the throat chakra encourages the movement of prana (life force). This action leaves us feeling deeply centered in our body and helps quiet the chatter of the monkey mind. It also dispels negativity and clears emotional blockages.
Relaxes Facial Muscles
On a physiological level, Lion’s breath works to relax our facial muscles, from our throat, nose, eyes, and ears. It engages the platysma muscle, a thin broadband of muscles that run from the top of the chest over the collarbones and up to the top of the chin. Engaging the platysma also works to strengthen our vocal chords and by increasing circulation to the throat region, it helps us to develop a rich sonorous voice.