Laughter Yoga – FREE Demo with Jo-Dee Walmsley
Laughter yoga is a unique exercise routine, which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (PRANAYAMA). Dr. Kataria, an Indian physician and popularly known as the ‘Guru of Giggling’ (The Times, UK), founded the first laughter club with his wife Madhuri. It all began in a park in Mumbai on 13th March 1995 with just 5 people. Today, this revolutionary exercise routine has become a global phenomenon with over 6000 Laughter clubs around the World.
Laughter Yoga’s principle is that, anyone can laugh without relying on humour, jokes or comedy. What makes it appealing to everyone is its universality – anyone can laugh without any reason. “Laughter is a choice,” Dr. Kataria said to a group of trainees. “A connector of people. No barriers. No language.” Kataria says that laughter yoga “is based upon the scientific fact that, even if you laugh for the sake of laughing, even if you are pretending laughing, your body cannot tell the difference.”
It is initially simulated as a physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting childlike playfulness. In most cases this soon leads to real and contagious laughter. Scientifically proven Clinical research on Laughter Yoga methods conducted at the University of Graz in Austria, Bangalore and in the United States, has shown that laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine and cortisol) in the blood. It posters a positive attitude so you are less likely to succumb to stress, depression and helplessness if one is able to laugh away the troubles.
The benefits of laughter yoga can:
• Reduce stress by changing our body chemistry
• Strengthen our immune system
• Promote tranquility and relaxation
• Provide an aerobic exercise
• Act as a natural pain killer
• Lower blood pressure
• Alleviate depression and anxiety
• Improve lung capacity
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