It seems that the old cliché’ “Laughter is the best medicine” turns out to be true.
According to laughteryoga.org, Laughter Yoga has been scientifically proven to provide the following benefits:
Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain 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.
Dr Madan Kataria created laughter Yoga in in Mumbai India, in 1995. During his time as a researcher, he had come across a number of evidentiary resources, which supported the idea that laughter was particularly beneficial in promoting physical and mental health. Dr. Kataria, in his quest to find a way to incorporate laughter into the treatment protocol of patients as well as find ways for average people to use it to counteract the stress of modern day living, developed the technique that is now called Laughter Yoga.
Incorporating Yogic breathing with exercises designed to stimulate laughter, Dr Kataria and his wife, Madhuri, have included role-play as well as gibberish in the Laughter Yoga classes.
I have attended, as well as taught these classes in Abu Dhabi, and found them not only to be fun, but also more of a “workout” than I would have imagined. The exercises are not strenuous, but non-stop laughing for 45-60 minutes can work up quite a sweat, and burn a number of calories. I certainly feel it in my stomach muscles the next day. After the classes, I am so light and relaxed, usually for the rest of the day/evening. One hour of laughter can neutralize an entire day of tension. HaHaHa HoHoHo HeHeHe!!!
Check out Dr Kataria's 100 Laughter Yoga Exercises at the link below, then call Kathryn or Kasey at Change Works today, to begin laughing yourself to better health.