Laughter Yoga, the unique exercise routine for complete wellnes is not only restricted to Laughter Clubs in public parks; it is now being successfully applied in different fields of life like yoga studios, community centers, fitness clubs, schools, companies, hospitals and many other venues. The concept which was conceptualised by Dr. Madan Kataria in 1995 with just 5 people has today spread over more than 60 countries and one wonders what makes people come back for more?
People who do Laughter Yoga describe feelings of happiness and joy and say they leave sessions full of positive energy that makes it easy to cope with stress and impossible to be depressed. They say it puts them in a positive state of mind and improves their self confidence. Many claim they no longer need anti-depression prescriptions They talk about It is these feeling that keep people coming back for more.
Scientific research has shown that laughter is good for the heart and cardiovascular system. Hearty laughter boosts your immune system and helps protect you from colds, flu and other diseases including cancer. A 30 minute laughter session gives your body a good workout and leaves you full of energy. Laughter is a proven stressbuster and reduces levels of stress chemicals in your body more quickly and efficiently than prescription medicines.
Laughter Yoga is very different from the yoga of meditation and yoga postures. It has no pretzel positions, needs no special clothes or training. You don’t even have to be feeling happy or in a good mood, just be prepared to laugh. The results are instant --- you feel the full benefits from your first Laughter Yoga session.
How much laughter is enough? “The more you laugh the better you will feel and the healthier you’ll be,” says Dr Kataria. “In India people laugh for an hour every morning. In western countries laughter sessions are more often held weekly, but more sessions are moving to daily as people who start want to laugh every day.
Laughter sessions are normally 12 to 30 people although in some countries groups comprise 50 or 80 people. They are run by a Laughter Yoga leader trained by Dr Kataria’s organization that leads the group through simple breathing and laughter exercises to start the laughter flowing. No jokes or humor are used, just physical exercises designed to make it easy to laugh.
Laughter exercises are sometimes described as fake laughter, but in most sessions the laughter soon turns real. In fact, the body can’t tell the difference between fake laughter and real laughter, so you get the health and wellbeing benefits either way.
Some Laughter Yoga sessions are followed by Laughter meditation in which laughter just flows out of you like a fountain leaving you full of joy and happiness.
For more on Laughter Yoga visit www.laughteryoga.org.
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