Laughter Yoga is No Joke

When someone first told me about laughter yoga, I actually thought they were kidding me. I’m not actually surprised anymore. When I’m working in the clinic, I always wind up telling jokes or bringing humor into the situation somehow to decrease the tension a bit. This style of yoga was originated by a doctor in India and seems to really be catching on. Here’s an article from the Worcester, Massachusetts online Telegram.Com.

Laughter Yoga is No Joke

“Laughter yoga” is catching the fancy of people in all corners of the world. Locally, it’s giggled its way into Grafton Middle School, health-care facilities, senior centers and other places.

Grafton Middle’s after-school club is led by science teacher Terri Gerhardt of Holden, a Laughter Yoga International instructor. Guaranteed, the girls have a good time. They shake off the stresses they accumulate at their desks, exercise their insides, improve their moods and do themselves a world of good.

If they can’t genuinely laugh at first, they fake it. Eventually, the real thing bubbles up.

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga can be the best medicine. Photo: Sergey Furtaev c/o Photos.Com

This is serious stuff. Laughter yoga draws on yoga’s abiding belief in the manifold powers of the breath.
It draws also from the ancient wisdom that laughing — your head off, until the tears stream down, laughing to make your heart glad, your belly jiggle, and until others just have to join in — is very good for you.

Read the entire story here.

Now, it’s already very well established that laughter releases endorphins and stimulates our immune system. It also exercises the respiratory system and improves oxygen flow to the brain and heart. Continuous laughter is very contagious and is best done as a group activity because once the group gets going, it’s pretty hard to stop. I think that as much as an apple a day keeps the doctor away, it also applies to one good belly laugh a day as well. Laughter yoga just might be your ticket to better health.

Do you think this is funny? Hope so. Drop a comment and let’s start a dialog going.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.
– Irish Proverb

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