Laughter has long been known as a medicine.
Research shows that it increases your overall wellbeing and really can make you feel better
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.
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.
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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