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Laughter Yoga: Is It For Me?

Posted by on 5/6/2014

If laughter is the best medicine, then laughter yogis would theoretically live a very long, happy, and healthy life.

 

Did you know that your body and you brain cannot decipher if a laugh is genuine or forced? To that trivial piece of knowledge, most people would respond, “Why should I care?”; but a yogi might think, “How can I use this to help uphold or even build on the positive state of my mental health via the crown chakra?”

 


Laughter yoga is a spin-off from traditional yoga that actually began in India (as opposed to other spin-offs like “Nude Yoga”, complements of Manhattan), and is also known by its Sanskrit name Hasyayoga. Hasya yoga is not like any yoga class you have ever experienced: you can practice anywhere with anyone. Many, if not most, of laughter classes are held outside. 


During a session, practitioners are forced to laugh for a long period of time. There is no real humor or comedy involved, but because of the playfulness and participation that is a marked trait of this genre of yoga, forced laughter often turns to real laughter. The instructor will guide yogis through different (and many times, very silly) laughs in a sequence. A typical laughter yoga class may include all or most of the following: eccentric movements, forced eye contact, abnormal and overtly unusual dancing, animal mimicking and breathing techniques like Lion’s Breath (thought to power up the body and mind; releasing tension in the face and boosting confidence).


If forced laughter brings about the same psychological and physiological benefits of normal, spontaneous laughter, these classes are physical and mental healing to those who participate. Because the class begins laughing forcibly, and then the forced laughter turns into genuine laughter, you will leave feeling happier. Here’s how:

 
  • Laughter triggers feel good hormones like endorphins

  • Increases blood flow that may stir you out of a funk

  • Boosts your immune system, warding off sickness and disease

  • Provides about an hour of muscle and body relaxation after class

  • Reduces stress, depression, social fears, and pain

  • Enhances mood and resilience

  • Heavy group participation means you will meet a few laughter buddies, enabling human bonding

  • Betters your ability to work as part of a team


Have you ever tried Laughter Yoga? Was it your cup of tea or too silly for your taste? We want you to share your experience with others; you may inspire others to step off the mat and out of their comfort zones.  



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By: Alice Jennings (G+)