Introduction to Laughter Yoga

 

Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing without humour, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting playfulness. This soon leads to real and contagious laughter. Laughter Yoga bypasses the intellectual systems that normally act as brake on natural laughter.

" Laughter Yoga sessions start with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, and body movement. These help to break down inhibitions and develop playfulness. Breathing exercises are used to prepare the lungs for laughter, followed by a series of “laughter exercises” that combine the method of acting and visualization techniques with playfulness. These exercises, combined with the strong social dynamics of group behaviour, lead to prolong and hearty unconditional laughter. Laughter exercises are interspersed with breathing exercise. scientifically it has been proven that twenty minutes laughter is sufficient to develop full physiological benefits.

A laughter yoga session usually ends with a laughter meditation followed by a deep relaxation."

A laughter Yoga Class is a powerful experience that often leads to a healthy emotional catharsis, release and joyfulness that can last for days. The goal of Laughter Yoga is to connect people with one another at heart level without judgment which is the true meaning of yoga.

Laughter Yoga goes beyond just laughter. With regular practice, one can develop a positive mental attitude which will help people through challenging times or when it is difficult to laugh physically.

The inner spirit of laughter is your ability to stay alive and in a positive mental state despite all challenges.

Laughter Yoga can improve physical health, release negative thoughts and emotions, and helps to get in touch with the spiritual nature. It also helps to develop an attitude of forgiveness, generosity, compassion, and helpfulness while actively seeking the happiness of others.

I have taught Laughter Yoga in a wide range of settings including City Spectacular, Festival of Curiosity, Moynalty Yoga Festival, Cabinteely Community School, Macro Community, Jigsaw, Laurallyn, Amazon, Riot Games, Coca-Cola, Matheson, Notre Dame, Axa, Hen Parties, Birthday Parties, Montessori Schools...

 To book a laughter session for your company, community group, festival, organisation or private celebration contact us to arrange a time and venue to suit your group's needs.

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Laughter Yoga Article from the Irish Examiner.com

Only when I laugh: how laughing helps your health

There’s no shortage of benefits to laughing. Studies have shown that laughter helps to ease pain and discomfort.
By Pat Fitzpatrick, Tuesday, June 09, 2020 – 03:30 PM

Laughter is the best medicine in these strange times. You’ve got to laugh, don’t you?

It turns out you do, actually. Thanks to Covid-19, we’re all dealing with a mix of anxiety, frustration, boredom and in some cases, outright grief. Laughter can’t mend everything, but it comes with an incredible list of health benefits, that are good for mind and body. Some people even claim that it’s better than a rowing machine for toning your abs. More on that later.

There’s no shortage of benefits. Studies have shown that laughter helps to ease pain and discomfort. It lowers blood sugar levels; it helps to release endorphins that can induce a form of euphoria; it naturally  activates the release of serotonin, mimicking the behaviour of some anti-depressants. And perhaps most interestingly of all, it’s good for your heart.

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