What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga is an innovative unique concept of “unconditional” Laughter created by Indian General Practitioner Doctor Madan Kataria to help people heal themselves and feel more happy and more healthy .
“We do not laugh because we are happy, but we are happy because we laugh.
Laughter Yoga combines motion, moves, chanting, and clappings with Yogic deep breathings (Pranayaama) to initiate laughters as a form of an exercise in a group. As the session progresses Laughter becomes real and contagious.
The practice of LAUGHTER YOGA deals either on physical, emotional and energetics.
Physicaly : LAUGHTER YOGA increases the supply of oxygen in the body and mostly into the blood, it helps to stimulate the immune system, release stress, energizes and recharges the metabolism.
Indeed, LAUGHTER YOGA deals on body-mind and emotions to bring more joy and laughter in individuals’ life, it helps to achieve self-confidence, improves communication skills, brings a higher level of motivation and energy and helps develop a good social network.
Laughter Yoga method has been proved by numerous scientific studies and Doctors to be efficient and to give multiple health benefits. Many doctors have integrated the LAUGHTER YOGA into their practices and have even introduced it into some hospital services.
The LAUGHTER YOGA is so successful in more than 95 countries, because it is easy to practice by anybody, as there are no balance or flexibility requirements.
LAUGHTER YOGA quickly offers a complete wellness to those who practice.
We practice LAUGHTER YOGA in associations, companies, schools, seniors homes, and even in hospitals.
THE BENEFITS ARE FELT AS SOON AS THE FIRST SESSION
Doctor Kataria “Everybody need Laughter Yoga very badly as we all have been taking life too seriously ! Now time has come to take laughter seriously.
TO GO FURTHER IN UNDERSTADING LAUGHTER YOGA
THE PHYLOSOPHY OF LAUGHTER YOGA
For centuries, we known that laughter is beneficial for health ! Recently it has been proved that our body does not make any difference between natural or fake laughter, so this is a great new !
All that is laughed voluntarily or exaggerated is very beneficial for the body.
In LAUGHTER YOGA, we laugh for No Reason. The Natural laughter that sometimes happens in our lives depends on many reasons, circumstances or conditions. This means we leave laughter to chance, it may happen or it may not.
LAUGHTER YOGA does not need a sense of humor (which can be different from one to another) to laugh, so during sessions we make laughter as an exercise and we can prolong our laughter as long as we want. If we look at children, they are absolutely natural when they laugh. Their laughter is not dependent on any external stimulus like jokes, comedy or humor. It is a physical laugh :
Whereas an adult as he grew up, has usualy led to suppressing emotions : for fear of being ridiculed , or for good manners, or for facing a conflict, which has been proved to be detrimental in the pursuit of physical and mental well being.
Laughter can be learnt and programmed into the body, to bring a transformation and improvement. Scientifical Research has proved that just 10-20 minutes of fake or real laughter has a profound benefit on the human body and the advantage is that our body does not make difference between real or fake laughter.
Scientific esearch also prooved that laughters improve oxygenation within the body which helps in easing and initiating the production of endorphins “The feel good hormones” leading the ones to feel better, and more Happy.
There is a well-established link between the Body and the Mind Laughter Yoga uses the two-way Body-Mind link to change the state of the Mind through voluntary physical gestures including repetitive Clapping, Chanting, and specific Body Movements, together with Laughter and Breathing Exercises.
Whatever happens to the Mind happens to the Body as well.
And whatever happens to the Body also happens to the Mind.
THE BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER YOGA
Laughter is necessary in the lifestyle, it is excellent for health. Numerous studies and scientific research have confirmed and demonstrated that the practice of LAUGHTER YOGA acts very favorably on our whole body and our heart and mental and increases longevity.
Health Benefits Laughter reduces the risk of physiological, psychological, high blodd pressure and heart roblems.
The practice of LAUGHTER YOGA helps fighting against cardiovascular diseases (3 times less risk of heart attack), decreases or eliminates the sensation of pain, boosts the immune system, regulates sleep, improves cognitive functions, help to heal faster and eliminates the stress.
How? Because regular laughers are like aerobic exercises that brings more oxygen to the body and brain, facilitate the production of many hormones including endorphins (The Happiness Hormones that lead people to feel relaxed, more energetic and happier
In addition LAUGHTER YOGA uses the bidirectional body-mind link through coordinated voluntary gestures, singing, clapping, games and specific movements combined with deep breathing exercises.
The practice of LAUGHTER YOGA brings dynamism and optimism and encourages ones to better approach life in general while forging a positive mind to cope with the hazards of everyday life.
Applied in a professional context it raises individual and collective performances
- Good Mood and More Laughter: Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins (the feel-good) hormones. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and you will laugh more than you normally do in the next days.
- Business Benefits: Laughter exercises increase net supply of oxygen to our body and brain, which helps to be more aware, more focus so you’ll work everything better and more easily. It improves efficiency and performance, you feel energetic and can work more than you normally do without getting tired.
- Social Connector: Quality of life depends upon quality of our social life within friends and our relationships. Laughter is a positive energy which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships. If you laugh more, you will realise that you are more smiley and that you will attract people or friends, because everyone like to be with happy people.
- Positive Attitude in Challenging Times: Laughter helps to create a positive mental state to deal with negative situations and negative people. It gives positive mentality and you learn to laugh even when you face difficulties and challenges in life. If Anyone can laugh when time is good, we sometimes have a different humor, or we are not in the mood. Laughter Yoga teaches people to laugh with no condition so that anyone who practices can laugh even when times are hard. It provides strength in adversity, a coping mechanism to help people keep a positive mental attitude regardless of circumstances, and your body will produce less “toxines” so the impact of the stress will be less.