Want to feel sunshine when it’s raining and laugh when you feel grey? We sure do! We all know how good laughing makes us feel, but did you know that our body can’t tell the difference between pretend and genuine laughter? So you can make up laughter and get the same ‘feel-good chemistry’! That’s what Laughter Yoga is all about.
It’s based on the finding that as just as feelings create physical expressions also physical expressions create feelings. There’s even a name for it – Gelotology – which is the study of laughter and its effects on the body, from a psychological and physiological perspective. Among them, research has proved that laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc.) in the blood, can help alleviate pain, and can assist heart and lung rehabilitation.
In Laughter Yoga, laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. Fabiola Leon a Life Coach in Zurich had been looking for the answer to lightening up the struggle her clients took through their blocks towards their goals and is so excited to have found it that she wants to get everybody laughing into more graceful growth.
Some comments from participants in her group:
Paul said he’d been a shy laugher and wanted to feel free enough to laugh large in public and already after only two of times he was. He even felt the workout in his tummy muscles after. Luis with his huge smile said he woke up laughing and wants to share it with others because it’s contagious, it was. One woman begged for another group sooner, as she had been nervous and unwell, and after the session she could breathe again.
Christian Hablützel has been helping Zurich laugh for more than 7 years. As a Body Worker and Therapist, he discovered laughter as the perfect solution to lighten the heaviness accumulated in working constantly with people and their problems.
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