What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is a unique practice of laughing for no reason at all, to improve one’s health and well being on all levels.   We meet and laugh in a group in the form of exercises; by connecting with others through eye contact and playfulness, then the laughter becomes genuine and contagious.

Laughter Yoga is so-called because it combines laughter exercises with deep (yogic) breathing. This brings more oxygen to the body and brain and makes you feel healthier and more energetic.

It has been scientifically proven that the body does not know the difference between real and fake laughter; either way, you get the same health benefits from laughing.

Medical doctor Madan Kataria of Mumbai, India, started laughter Yoga in 1995. The practice began with just 5 people telling jokes in a park; this quickly evolved into a larger group doing laughter exercises without relying on jokes. There are now thousands of laughter clubs around the world.

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Some Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Physical:

Boosts the immune system

Increases endorphins, seratonin, and dopamine (the feel-good chemicals in the brain)

Balances blood pressure

Increases oxygen intake

Decreases stress-response hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline

Reduces pain

Lowers blood sugar (for diabetics)

Improves digestion

Exercises the heart

Reduces insomnia                                                       

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Nuaghty-naughty laughter

 

Mental:

Creates clarity

Improves mental focus

Builds confidence

Facilitates solutions

Improves alertness and attention-span      

Improves mental processing

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Laughing child

Emotional:

Releases worry

Releases attachments

Increases acceptance

Promotes ability to see the truth

Improves attitude

Leads to greater sense of humor

Relieves depression and anxiety

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Lion Laughter

Spiritual:

Facilitates forgiveness

Increases connection and appreciation

Opens one to receive

Deepens connection to inner spirit

Improves sensory awareness of the body

Increases outward focus and awareness of others

Inspires creativity