Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason. That is the beauty of it… fully accessible regardless of age, physical fitness, race or culture.
We initiate laughter as a creative exercise. With childlike playfulness our laughter becomes spontaneous and contagious.
We laugh to bring more oxygen to the body, resulting in new levels of energy and relaxation.
What if I don’t feel like laughing?
That is the amazing thing about Laughter Yoga that even if you ‘fake’ the laughter it has been scientifically proven that the body does not know the difference between fake and authentic laughter so you body still reaps the same health benefits.
In Laughter Yoga unlike classical yoga there are no postures to master. The ‘yoga’ aspect comes into this work because of our use of breath. We do several, yogic breathing techniques to encourage more laughter.
What happens in a Laughter Yoga Session?
A laughter session is a group of people gathering to practice laughter as a form of exercise. You don’t need to feel good first, to be happy, or even have a sense of humour. We don’t use jokes or comedy.
I begin with brief socialising and very brief history of laughter yoga. The group is then taught a few basic guidelines, breathing exercises, and laughter games. We then move into the 1st part of the session where we do laughter exercises interspersed with yogic breathing.
The 2nd part of the session is just laughter for its own sake broken up with some silence ‘laughter deepens the silence and silence deepens the laughter’ ..this leads us into the 3rd part where we lie down and relax to a guided relaxation.
Typically this session lasts for an hour but can be adapted depending on the people I am working with.