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.
Some Benefits of Laughter Yoga
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
Lowers blood sugar (for diabetics)
Exercises the heart
Improves mental focus
Improves alertness and attention-span
Improves mental processing
Promotes ability to see the truth
Leads to greater sense of humor
Relieves depression and anxiety
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