Yoga for respiratory health : How to do Simha Kriya

Simha Kriya is a Simple but Powerful Yogic Process to Enhance Lung Capacity and Strengthen the Respiratory system. It also boosts one’s overall Immunity.

With these uncertain times ahead, amidst coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spreading across the globe, there is a general concern amongst us as to how to prevent oneself from succumbing to this virus. Since prevention is always better than cure, there are two things that need to be taken care of. Firstly, the immune system should be strengthened. Secondly, while focusing on overall health, respiratory health needs to be strengthened too. Yogic practices related to nostrils, thyroid gland, digestive system, respiratory system and central nervous system can be utilized to strengthen these systems of the body. As a preventive measure they can make our immune system stronger so that we are better equipped to fight illnesses that can affect respiratory and other vital organs in our body. 

Breathing in a particular way can alter our whole chemistry.

Pranayama or the practice of breath as a technique involves yogic practices which are used to control and regulate one’s breath. This in turn helps to revitalize the prana or the vital life force that nourishes our body, mind and energy system. One such yogic practice to enhance the lung capacity and strengthen the respiratory system is called Simha Kriya or Lion’s Breath. Several variations of the same practice are known as Simha Mudra, Simha Asana, Lion’s Yawn, Lion’s roar to name a few. This practice is said to cleanse the respiratory system and prevent ailments of the throat. 

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a yogi, mystic and visionary of contemporary times, instructs through a video ( as below) on how to do Simha Kriya, as well as demonstrates the same. Watch the entire video before attempting to practice this technique. 

This can be practiced two to three times daily. It is advised that no modification is done to the practice.  

If for some reason you were not able to perform this practice fully and you have been able to do so before, Sadhguru suggests that you should get yourself checked by a professional as this practice is a tool to check in on your respiratory system. After doing the practice you may sit in silence for a bit. This is a beautiful way to fully integrate and feel the effects of the whole process.

After Simha Kriya sit in silence for a bit. This is a beautiful way to fully integrate and feel the effects of the whole process.

Wait at least four hours before beginning another round of this practice. Few modifications are also suggested for pregnant women, people with certain ailments or those recovering from surgeries. You can review the FAQs here before you start doing the process. 

Many of us at the Shakti Circle are practicing the Simha Kriya and have found it very beneficial and energizing in our daily lives especially in these challenging times. If you are practicing Simha Kriya or any other breathing/ yogic practice which has been beneficial to you, we would love to hear from you about it and your experience about the same.

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