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Laughter Yoga

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What is Laughter Yoga & how can it help you?

In today’s world, people want to be healthy, they want to be happy, but instead they are getting stressed out , depressed, getting less sleep, having more negative thoughts, and feeling isolated.

Does this sound like you? Are you someone who wants to move on and bring more laughter and joy into your life? You are in the right place.

Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. This exercise routine is sweeping the world and is a complete well-being workout. Developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai India, it has spread worldwide to over 100 countries.

  • You can laugh with special guided techniques: It’s easy. Anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy and one can feel the benefits in the very first session!

  • Real and Contagious Laughter: We initiate laughter as a body exercise in a group, with eye contact and childlike playfulness. It soon turns into real and contagious laughter.

  • Oxygenates Your Body and Brain: Laughter Yoga is a combination of deep breathing, yoga exercises, and laughter exercises, which oxygenates our body and our brain, making us feel more healthy and energetic.


Scientifically Proven Benefits


The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

Clinical research conducted at Bangalore India, and in the United States, has proved that Laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc) in the blood.

5 Benefits of Laughter Yoga

  • Improved Mood and More Laughter: Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more than you normally do.

  • Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress: Laughter Yoga is like an aerobic exercise (cardio workout) which brings more oxygen to the body and brain, thereby making one feel more energetic and relaxed.

  • Health Benefits: Laughter Yoga reduces stress and strengthens the immune system.

  • You will not fall sick easily: If you have some chronic health conditions, you will heal faster.

  • Quality of Life: Laughter is positive energy which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships. 

This information is taken directly from the Laughter Yoga International Webpage. 

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Laughter Yoga Facilitator- Susan Lee Woodward
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