If you want to improve your mood, maybe Yoga can help you do that and get some exercise. How about a daily dose of Laughter Yoga to help you feel better. Everyone has heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine” and much medical research has been done on the physical and mental benefits of laughter, but it wasn’t until 1995 that Laughter Yoga was actually born.
Laughter Yoga was initially developed by a Mumbai Indian physician, Dr. Kataria, after reading about an American journalist, Norman Cousins, who back in 1964 utilized laughter to help cure his heart condition by watching old Marx Bros. movies.This prompted Dr. Kataria to interest himself in the healing powers of laughter and in conjunction with his wife, a Hatha Yoga teacher, led to the formulation of Laughter Yoga.
Laughter Yoga has fast become a world-wide phenomenon with its emphasis on laughter and yoga breathing exercises. Currently, there are hundreds of yoga studios offering Laughter Yoga today in North America.
What is Laughter Yoga?
Simply put…..Laughter Yoga is about a series of laughter activities accompanied by gentle yoga breathing exercises (Pranayama). Dr. Kataria found that as laughter is contagious, getting a group to practice laughing together proved very effective. Having trouble laughing? Just fake it. He also discovered that faking laughter in a Laughter Yoga class is just as beneficial as real laughter, since the brain cannot distinguish the difference. What started out as a simple concept that people laughing uninhibitedly together promotes a “feel good” emotional and physical reaction, has now evolved into classes led by qualified instructors in the practice of Laughter Yoga.
Benefits of Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga is rather like a cardio workout, which increases the oxygen supply to the body and brain and in turn helps you to feel more energetic and healthy.
Laughter Yoga reduces emotional, physical and mental stress by releasing a chemical substance known as endorphins; a known component in maintaining mental health
Regular Laughter Yoga exercises can strengthen the immune system, thereby helping to ward off many potential diseases, such as hypertension, depression, diabetes, heart disease and many more.
Engaging in regular Laughter Yoga classes, will foster a more positive attitude, resulting in a happier and more attractive personality, which can help you to achieve a more balanced, fulfilled life.
Unlike other forms of exercise, Laughter Yoga is a relatively easy physical routine, composed of gentle breathing and laughing out loud in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Even if you have never tried Yoga before, Laughter Yoga can teach you how to master beneficial breathing exercises and at the same time, will promote good mental and physical health. As well, it is an introduction to all the known benefits of Yoga, which could possibly change your life. Yogiseeker's yoga search engine can help you find a Laughter Yoga studio near you.