What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter yoga is a relatively new concept in body/ mind exercise. It combines simulated laughter exercises with gentle breathing techniques to teach the body how to laugh without relying on jokes or humor.
What is a session like?
A typical session lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. The class begins with warm up exercises which include stretching, chanting, clapping and breathing activities. This is followed by a series of laughter exercises interspersed with breathing techniques. The sequence of clapping, breathing and laughing is repeated over and over again, each time infused with more and more childlike playfulness. What starts out as forced or fake laughter turns genuine as inhibitions are broken down and individuals relax and have fun with the experience. Often a laughter meditation follows this portion of class. During this time, the group sits or lies down and spontaneous, free-flowing laughter ensues. Class generally concludes with a relaxation technique and a very calm, happy, mellow group!
There are many mental, physical and emotional benefits attributed to the practice of Laughter Yoga. Mood elevates. Stress, depression and tension decrease. Immunity improves. Lung capacity increases through deep breathing, enhancing oxygen delivery to all parts of the body. Endorphin and serotonin levels rise. Laughter provides an excellent internal massage to digestive tract as well as improving blood supply to the internal organs. People who laugh don’t worry as much as people who don’t laugh. Overall, laughing feels good and when done in a group, positive bonds are formed between the participants.
Laughter Yoga with Sue & Sonya