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What Is Laughter Yoga And Why Is It So Good For You?

Laughter has long been known as a medicine.

Research shows that it increases your overall wellbeing and really can make you feel better

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Why Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is a fabulous wellbeing work out!

It’s easy to laugh when things are going well and you feel good. But if you are feeling stressed or going through a difficult period in your life you may not feel like laughing at all.

Studies have shown that the breathwork, laughter exercises and meditation which are all incorporated into a laughter yoga session help improve mental health as well as having benefits similar to exercise. Laughter yoga activates the endorphins serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine – the body’s feel-good chemicals and natural painkillers – this in turns lowers the stress hormone cortisol.

When you laugh, on the out-breath the old air released reduces toxins and stress from the system, the new breath you take in is filled with more oxygen and nutrients which support brain and body functions giving you more energy and supporting the immune system which in turn builds productivity and resilience.

Laughter is the antidote to stress

Taking time to have fun helps create balance. Laughter is contagious and can support the process of opening your heart to giving and receiving. Smiling and laughing comes naturally but as we transition from child to adult, we can lose this natural joyful expression. You can connect back to this innate ability, still within us, by making more room in life for smiling and laughter

A good laugh can help you release stress and feelings that may have been held down for a while. If left to build up, this can lead to depletion  burn out and ‘dis-ease’

If you liken the ability to laugh to a muscle, like with any muscle the more you use it the stronger it becomes. Laughter Yoga can support this ability to smile and laugh more easily and spontaneously, even if you haven’t felt like it for a while.

Won’t I feel weird faking it?

Medical research shows the body doesn’t know the difference between real and simulated laughter done with willingness, all the great benefits can be experienced. The endorphins produced also act as the body’s natural pain killers. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management.

A good laugh can help you release stress. A shift in mood takes place and life can be seen from a more positive perspective.

Get connected

Laughter breaks down barriers and supports better communication. Whether with friends, loved ones family co-workers or total strangers, to step back and find a way to laugh can see you through many of life’s challenges. When you are laughing you can’t be worried about yesterday or thinking about tomorrow, or your personal worries, all things that keep us from fully living in the present moment.

The verdict

Breathwork and meditation practices used in Laughter Yoga help individuals, groups and release stress in a therapeutic and fun way which can have a positive impact on health and in all areas of life.

 

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When we were babies we knew how to breathe from our bellies – we didn’t make it happen it was innate

There wasn’t a joke to “get” we just laughed – pure joy – innate 

Get back in touch with your Innate Body Wisdom

Can be as simple as a deep belly breath and a laugh. 

Engage the diaphragm muscles –

Breathe out through your mouth with an ooo like you are blowing out candles on a birthday cake tummy muscles go in

Breathe in through your nose – let your belly expand like a balloon

Breathe out the old 

Breathe in the new

Turn the corners of your mouth up

Smile

Breathe in.

Breathe out engaging belly breath with sound – a gentle ha ha ha hahaha

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