For all the time we spend stretching our body, how often do we pause to stretch our face? With Lion Breathing you can quickly and easily relieve stress and tension by stretching your face.
This is a wonderful exercise to teach to children (or adults who aren’t too self-conscious to try it). You can think of making this face when ugly thoughts about trauma or stress come up…think about embodying the strength of a lion in the wake of a painful trigger!
Although taking on the full character of a lion is optional with this exercise, allowing yourself to make the face of a lion with this breath exercise can help you with letting go of negative energy.
Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT, is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma Made Simple (2014) and three other books on trauma recovery. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and a Reiki Master teacher. She also completed the StreetYoga Trauma-Informed Teacher Training Program and she is a Certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Facilitator/Space Holder.