Laughter yoga is a fun and uplifting wellness routine that combines playful laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing. The proven health benefits of laughter include reducing stress, improving mood, increasing cardiovascular health and immune system functioning, providing pain relief, and helping people feel more relaxed.
Laughter Yoga – for Individuals, Groups, and Corporations
Certified as a Laughter Yoga Instructor in June of 2011, I led a weekly laughter yoga club at The Resiliency Center for several years. Since that time, I have shared laughter yoga with school personnel and students, corporations seeking team-building, hospice volunteers desiring stress reduction, and professional associations looking to connect, play, and build their resilience. I have also led half and full-day retreats that integrated laughter yoga as an integral part of self-care. I offer individual laughter yoga sessions and also integrate laughter yoga into my counseling work.
About Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga was developed in India by physician Madan Kataria in 1995 and has now expanded to over 6000 laughter clubs worldwide. The basic premise of laughter yoga is that anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes, or comedy. In laughter yoga, participants are led in a series of exercises that simulate laughter and, using eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of laughter yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot tell the difference between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits either way – so participants are encouraged to “fake it enthusiastically” and notice the positive results. A regular laughter practice helps improve outlook, flexibility, and a sense of humor even in the most challenging situations.