A quick video explanation of Laughter Yoga... happy viewing!
... explained in Q & A form.
So... is this laughing in the lotus position? He he... no it isn’t! Laughter Yoga is all about laughter. No conventional yoga asanas (postures), just a room full of people giggling. Wonderful!
Ah right. Why’s it called Laughter Yoga then? Two reasons: firstly, laughter has a longer exhale than inhale, expelling stale CO2 from the lungs; secondly the word ‘yoga’ means union – during a proper belly laugh the mind stops fidgeting and unites with the body and the spirit.
Oooh, lovely. Do you tell jokes? The brilliance of laugher yoga is that it teaches you how to laugh for no reason! It is not humour-based, so you can be an amazing participant even without a sense of humour!
Wow - how does that work? Studies have shown that the mind doesn’t differentiate between actual and imagined experiences. If you pretend to laugh with enough gusto, the signals from your body tell your brain you’re actually laughing.
Really? Laughter is contagious and we mirror strong emotions of those around us: once a few people progress into genuine laughter, the rest of the room tends to follow. Try a couple of sessions and see for yourself!
I’m curious now... what does a session involve? An explanation, a warm up, a quick ‘ho ho ha ha ha’ chant, playful exercises such as laughing at your imagined credit card bill, or inventing a laughter orchestra, a freeflow laugh, and a calming meditation. The session is structured to build gradually so people feel comfortable.
Why is laughter brilliant? Laughter is a lot more fun than sit ups but gives you a good work out, and encourages your heart and lungs to re-oxygenate the body. It is associated with endorphin production, to make you feel uplifted, and it is relaxing because it lowers blood pressure. Aaaah, lovely... he he he!
Are you qualified? Yep, I am a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL).
Anything else I should know? Check out the health benefits and laughter tips, attend a session (see the events page) and get ready to guffaw!