Laughter Yoga

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." e.e.cummings

Laughter Yoga is a very unique form of simulated laughter exercises that are simple, good for you and a whole lot of fun!

Laughter is the universal language able to transcend all barriers: language, age, and gender, social or racial background.  It is that which teaches one to make happiness a choice and not a consequence.

Laughter Yoga (Hasya Yoga) is an aspect of yoga that uses self-triggered laughter as an exercise that gets the blood flowing, deepens the breath and opens the heart and mind.  Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.  Laughter is simulated as an exercise in a group but with eye contact and playfulness, this in turn develops into real and contagious laughter. It is a combination of laughing and yogic breathing meant to bring more oxygen to the body and the brain. Laughter yoga is based on the assumption that the body cannot differentiate between simulated and real laughter, so the physiological and psychological benefits are the same.

Humans were designed to laugh. Laughter is nature's stress buster. It lifts our spirits with a happy high, which makes us feel good.  Laughter is gentle exercise. It fills your lungs and body with oxygen, opens your breathing passages, and exercises your lungs. This is significant for people who do not get regular aerobic exercise.

When we laugh our bodies release a cocktail of hormones and chemicals that have very positive effects on our system. Stress is reduced, blood pressure drops, depression is lifted, and your immune system is boosted. Science is just starting to discover the great effects of laughter. Starting in1995 in Mumbai, India it began with just 5 people and an Indian physician, Madan Kataria, in a local public park. The concept rapidly spread worldwide and now there are more than 6000 Laughter Clubs in more than 50 countries. 

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MARCIA H SCHOPPIK,
Oct 17, 2009, 6:17 PM
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MARCIA H SCHOPPIK,
Oct 17, 2009, 6:17 PM
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MARCIA H SCHOPPIK,
Oct 17, 2009, 6:17 PM