Simhasana: This pose may look silly but it comes with great benefits.

Benefits:
· Helps to fight disease
· Relieves tension in the chest and face
· Face, throat and eye muscles are strengthened
· Reduces eye strain
· With continued practice speech becomes clearer making Simhasana a beneficial exercise for individuals who stammer or have Parkinson’s Disease.

Kneel on the floor and cross your right ankle over your left behind you. Sit back and allow your perineum to rest on the top of your right heel. Press your palms against your knees and spread your fingers wide. Inhale through your nose, open your mouth wide, stick out your tongue, and curl the tip down toward your chin. At the same time, open your eyes wide, focus on the spot between your eyebrows, and exhale with a loud “ha” sound. Do this three times, then switch the cross of your legs and repeat three more times.

Modification for individuals who cannot sit on the floor:
Sit in a chair with your knees directly above your ankles and your feet flat on the floor. Continue with above instructions.

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer Owner EssentialYoga Studio. Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017 and continues her weekly studies with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Manju Vachher. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016. She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops specializing in prop use. She uses props to help students and teachers transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand). She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, CMT, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.​​
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