We all know that Laughter is the Best Medicine but do we know WHY?
What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine, which combines unconditional laughter with Yogic breathing (pranayama). Anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes, or comedy.
At first, we just play along and laugh with the group but soon laughter becomes contagious and “real”. We “fake it until we make it” in Laughter Yoga.
Laughter Yoga encourages childlike playfulness and gentle group contact. It has been scientifically shown than 20 minutes of sustained laughter reaps the full physiological benefits. Your body doesn’t care if you are laughing at something funny or simply laughing, you get all the benefits.
The goal of Laughter Yoga is to connect people with one another at a heart-to-heart level without judgment, which is the true meaning of Yoga.
Enjoy my video on Laughter Yoga. I am passionate about Laughter Yoga; it’s great for people of all ages and abilities and is truly healing to body, mind and spirit.
Benefits of Laughter Yoga:
- Sense of well-being, more spontaneity and joy in living
- Best low-impact Cardio workout – 10 minutes of Laughter Yoga equals 30 minutes on the rowing machine
- More oxygen – negative emotions constrict breathing
- Increased blood circulation, more oxygen to all parts of the body
- Stress buster – 70 to 80% illness is stress related
- Makes you look younger, laughter is a natural face lift!
- Boosts the immune system which helps protect from illness
- Helps Heart disease and Hypertension
- Relieves Depression, promotes a positive state of mind, social connection
- Anxiety and Panic attacks can be reduced
- Natural pain killer – 20 minutes of hearty laughter can reduce pain for up to two hours or more. Your body produces natural painkillers, or endorphins.
- Burn calories! Laughing for 15 minutes per day burns 40 calories which adds up to five pounds per year!
- Laughter Yoga in the workplace has been shown to improve productivity by up to 30%!
Who Loves Laughter Yoga?
- Deepak Chopra
- Oprah Winfrey
- Dr. Oz
- The Dalai Lama
- Laura Bush (former first lady of the US)
What should I bring to a Laughter Yoga session?
All you need is the willingness to try something new!
NO yoga mats.
NO special clothes.
Just bring yourself!
History of Laughter Yoga
In 1995, Dr. Madam Kataria, a medical doctor from India, was writing an article for a health journal called “Laughter – the Best Medicine”. He was studying the research on the health benefits of laughter that started in the 1960’s.
He needed to try it for himself so he got a few people together and met in a park and laughed every day, the first Laughter Club. Within a few days there were 50 people coming!
The hidden treasure in the research is that the body does not care if you are laughing because something is funny or just laughing, happy body chemistry comes from the act of laughing. Soon the laughter is real laughter!
The next step was to include some simple breathing exercises in between the laughter exercises.
Today, Laughter Yoga is a worldwide phenomenon.