Laughter Therapy / Yoga
Never heard of Laughter Yoga? Indian cardiologist, Dr. Madan Kataria created Laughter Yoga 24 years ago, in 1995. It is now being practiced in more than 100 countries and at over 16000 laughter clubs.
What is Laughter yoga?
Laughter Yoga for Health, Happiness and Peace. Laughter Yoga is non-religious and non-political.
LY is a combination of laughter exercises and deep yogic breathing which oxygenates our body and brain and makes us feel healthy and energetic. It is based on the scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits of laughter such as Mood enhancer, stress release, lung capacity, and happy hormones in body.
Benefits of Laughter Yoga
1 Elevates Mood- Laughter can change your mood within minutes by releasing endorphins from your brain cells.
2 Health Benefit-It reduces stress and strengthens the immune system.
3 Productivity – Laughter exercises can increase the net supply of oxygen to our body and brain which helps to improve efficiency and performance.
4 Social Connector- Laughter is a great connector of people and brings lots of good friend with caring and sharing relationship.
5 Laughing through Challenges-Laughter provides strength in adversity, a coping mechanism to help people keep a positive mental attitude regardless of circumstances.
Laughter Yoga combines 4 powerful elements
1) Laughter exercises (based on everyday situations, not on jokes or comedy). Your teacher will guide you through a series of laughter exercises where you will use your diaphragm for deep belly laughter. This incorporates more oxygen to your body and brain, creating positive endorphins.
Laughter Yoga benefits the body, mind and spirit. Some of the health benefits include the regulation of blood pressure, promoting heart and brain health and boosting the immunities. Laughter brings people together and improves feelings of empathy, compassion, self confidence and communication. People who can laugh together support each other in a more positive way.
This practice also helps to expand the arteries to help regulate blood pressure and to reduce stress (cortisol) levels. We do not perform yoga poses but you will still get a good workout. Laughter Yoga is considered aerobic exercise. We move around the room, sing, dance, laugh and burn lots of calories.
2) Deep yogic breathing (pranayama), the yoga part of Laughter Yoga. No difficult yoga poses which you think it is difficult for you.
3) Clapping stimulates acupressure points in our hands to increase energy levels. Enthusiastic clapping, chanting and movement, help build positive energy, gets the diaphragm moving, and creates a positive group dynamics in preparation for Laughter.
4) Restorative Mindfulness Meditation (Yoga Nidra) a great way to finish off the session, leaving participants relaxed yet at the same time, feeling invigorated and joyful.
Laughter Therapy techniques
- Clapping and Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha sounds
- Milk drinking and Lawnmower laughter
- Swinging and Age imitation laughter
- Ants in the pants and Brain activation laughter
Activity induced laughter
Jokes laughter and Comedy movies
Unconditional Giving and Embrace Change
“The old saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting your heart,” says Michael Miller, M.D. (http://www.umm.edu/doctors/michael__miller.html), director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Heart Health and Laughter: http://umm.edu/news-and-events/news-releases/2009/laughter-is-the-best-medicine-for-your-heart
Ever heard the saying:”People who laugh together, stay together?”
Laughter Yoga for School/Colleges
As school age children make the move from home to school/College, they learn to navigate the stress of coping with new responsibilities, adapting to new environments and schedules, developing new friendships, time management, chores, homework and so much more. To help children feel less overwhelmed and anxious, Laughter Yoga can provide benefits as explained above
Laughter Yoga for Adults
Older Adults experience higher rates of loneliness and depression due to losing partners, friends and family as they age. It can also be frustrating and challenging to adapt to changing living conditions, becoming more dependent on the help of others and losing one’s privacy and freedom in the process. In addition, chronic health problems and management of other health issues can become burdensome.
One-on-One Consultations for Laughter Yoga Professionals or Others
Are you feeling stuck or in need of inspiration? Let’s discuss!
As a Laughter Yoga professional, let me help you get back on track and thrive with your laughter practice and take sessions with confidence.
Also available to individuals who have no prior Laughter Yoga experience but who are seeking more playfulness, joy and laughter in their personal and work lives.
Call to schedule a one-hour session. We can meet in person or on Skype depending upon the requirement.
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