what is laughter yoga?
Laughter (Haysa) Yoga is an ancient, new concept -- giving you the ability to laugh yourself to health, without relying on humor. We initiate laughter as creative exercise. With childlike playfulness, our laughter becomes spontaneous and contagious.
In Laughter Yoga, unlike classical yoga, there are no postures to master. You don't need to be in great shape to practice laughter yoga. If you can laugh, you'll be able to participate!
"Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors." -- Norman Cousins, Author, Anatomy of an Illness
The Laughter Yoga ExperienceA laughter session is a group of people gathering to practice laughter as a form of exercise. You don't need to feel good first, to be happy or even to have a sense of humor. We don't use jokes or comedy. Intentional laughing physiologically improves your mood, and then you do feel good.
Laughter Yoga sessions begin with brief socializing and discussion about laughter. The group does easy warm-up stretches, yogic breathing, laughter "games" or exercises, ending with relaxing silent meditation.
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"I feel really relaxed and exercised," she said. "I'm surprised at how different I feel physically." --Susan Patrick, participant
"I feel like I've had a really good workout, without the strain of 'working out'." -- Julie Smith, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
"Laughter can really dissolve the distance between two or more people because our hearts all speak the same tongue, which is love: Irrespective of the language or the culture, a sincere laugh is unmistakably understood." -- Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones
Children over age 11 are welcome to join laughter sessions. At the end of the session during the silent meditation, parents please play with children apart from the meditators.
Click here to find out about the many health benefits of laughter yoga.
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