Laughter Yoga

Laughing makes you Happy & Healthy

Did you know you can laugh even if you don't feel like laughing? You don't need great sense of humor to laugh. You can laugh even if you're not happy. In fact, you can laugh for no reason – with Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh without having to rely on jokes or funny situations. We initiate laughter as an exercise in a group. With eye contact it soon develops into a contagious laughter. It is a powerful cardio workout: in fact 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes on a rowing machine.

Anyone can do it; it is scientifically proven; easy to learn, and a lot of fun. People can feel the benefits right from the very first session.

Laughter is the best medicine

It decreases the negative effects of stress which is the root cause of illnesses. It releases blockages and brings more oxygen to body and brain which makes one feel more energetic and healthy.
Children laugh up to 300-400 times a day, which gradually decreases as they grow up. Living as adults in these stressful times of massive change there seem to less and less things that still make us laugh.

In order to get the scientifically proven benefits of laughter, one should laugh for 15 to 20 minutes a day and laughter should be hearty and loud. This is rarely possible as natural laughter is conditional and comes for few seconds here and there which is not enough to result in any health benefits.

Even if some people might feel a bit awkward in the beginning of the exercise, this feeling soon gives way to a sense of being energized and more joyful. Through Laughter Yoga you can laugh heartily and for an extended period of time because it is being done as a physical exercise and not a mental process.
The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on the scientifically proven fact that the body cannot distinguish between fake and real laughter. If done with willingness one gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

Benefits:

It has been shown in many studies from reputable doctors and medical research institutions from all over the world that laughter leads to lowered blood pressure, relaxed muscles, improved blood circulation, increased oxygen levels, elevated mood, increased hope, enhanced communication and, most importantly, a boost to the immune system, which is the master key for maintaining good health.
Laughter Yoga will help add more laughter to your life, develop a sense of humor as well as a readiness to smile. You will feel more self confident, have a positive outlook, hope and optimism. It will teach you how to keep your spirits high in the face of challenges. It promotes a positive mental attitude to help you cope with negative situations.

Laughter Yoga is a breakthrough laughter delivery system that changes your mood within minutes and if your mood is good, everything seems good and you are at your best everywhere
What happens in a Laughter Session:

There are four elements in every Laughter Yoga session:
• clapping,
• breathing,
• childlike playfulness,
• laughter exercises.

A typical Laughter Yoga takes about one hour, is led by a laughter leader or teacher who gives instructions for different breathing, stretching and laughter exercises, and animates people to laugh
loud and heartily from the belly. These exercises are interspersed with deep breathing.

It is encouraged to cultivate child like playfulness and make eye contact which leads to real and spontaneous laughter.


History:

Laughter Yoga was started by the Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria with just five people in a public park in Mumbai in 1995. Now there are thousands of laughter clubs in more than 70 countries.

For more details see:
Dr. Kataria School Of Laughter Yoga, E-Mail: mk@laughteryoga.org,
www.laughteryoga.org
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