Did you know that May 5th is World Laughter Day? So, what is laughter yoga?
I’m glad you asked!
Laughter Yoga is a unique concept which involves combining prolonged intentionally laughter with calming breathing exercises of yoga.
It was started in 1995 by a medical doctor in Mumbai, India after he did some research for an article he was writing on the benefits of laughter.
Dr. Kataria discovered the research clearly demonstrated the health benefits from laughter and it didn’t matter whether that laughter was spontaneous or intentional (faked!).
A group of 5 people joined him in the park & started the first laughter club. Initially, they told jokes to get everyone laughing but ran out of clean ones after 2 weeks.
When they started to tell dirty jokes, people objected & said they wouldn’t be coming back. Dr. Kataria asked them to come back one more time, promising no more dirty jokes.
The next day, Dr. Kataria introduced the group to “laughter exercises” and incorporated breathing exercises of yoga.
It was a hit & Laughter Yoga was born!
There are now Laughter Yoga clubs in over 100 countries!
My first experience with Laughter Yoga came in 2006 when I was at a national conference for recreation therapists.
To say I was skeptical is an understatement!
As our presenter explained how we were going to do some laughter exercises and “fake” laughter – I thought to myself ‘This is b%$#s!*@.’
Wow! By the end of the session I went from not feeling so great (3) to feeling great (9)!
It wasn’t until ten years later, when I saw a training to become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, that I became reconnected to Laughter Yoga.
There are Laughter Clubs that exist across the country and even on Skype!
To find one near you, go to https://LaughterYoga.org.
Also, do a YouTube search for Laughter Yoga & follow along to benefit from this new wellness LifeTOOL!
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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