Laugh Your Way To Health With Laughter Yoga

Just what is laughter yoga anyway? It’s very popular and quite a distinction from the usual physical and meditative endeavors most yoga practitioners practice. It’s marvelously restorative and becoming increasingly popular. Here writer Debbie Friend MSc. gives her perspective at Yahoo Shine.

Laugh Your Way To Health With Laughter Yoga

We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. It is easy to comply with this Rx when we are enjoying a good comedy or reacting to a funny joke, but it can be nearly impossible to follow this recommendation when we’re just not feeling up to it. Or is it?

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Laughter yoga. Photo by David Sullivan c/o Photos.Com.

Laughter Yoga is challenging this notion. Laughter Yoga is a body-mind practice that “”combines simulated laughter exercises with gentle breathing techniques to teach the body how to laugh without relying on jokes or humor. You don’t have to be happy, in a good mood or even have a sense of humor to participate and enjoy the many mental, physical and emotional benefits of Laughter Yoga. When you engage in a session you simply fake it ’till you make it and in time the motion will lead to emotion.

Original article here at shine.yahoo.com:

Laughter yoga may in fact be the best medicine for what ails you. It’s already known in medical circles that a good hearty laugh each day is marvelously beneficial to our respiratory and immune systems. Learning to get the benefits of what laughter gives us physiologically without having to go to the comedy club each day is the strategy behind laughter yoga. Did you hear the one about…?

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Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.                                                       — Upanishads

What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.                                   — Donna Farhi

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