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Simhasana (Sanskrit: सिंहासन; IAST: Siṁhāsana) or Lion Pose[1] is an asana in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise.

Etymology and origins[edit]

"Narasimhasana" from an illustrated manuscript of the Joga Pradipika, 1830

The name comes from the Sanskrit words simha (सिंह), meaning "lion", and āsana (आसन), meaning "posture" or "seat".[2] The pose has also been named Narasimhasana,[3] from Sanskrit नरसिंह Narasimha, a lion-man avatar of the god Vishnu.[4] The posture is described in the tenth century Vimānārcanākalpa.[5]


The asana resembles a seated lion, hence the name. The practitioner kneels as in Virasana and makes a facial expression to resemble a lion.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yoga Journal - Lion Pose". Retrieved 2011-07-03.
  2. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  3. ^ Bühnemann, Gudrun (2018). 84 Asanas in Yoga. D.K.Printworld. p. 59 (plate 68).
  4. ^ Williams, George M. (2008). Handbook of Hindu Mythology. Oxford University Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-19-533261-2.
  5. ^ Mallinson, James; Singleton, Mark (2017). Roots of Yoga. Penguin Books. pp. 100–101. ISBN 978-0-241-25304-5. OCLC 928480104.

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