Laughing for All
Laughter Yoga makes one feel better, anytime and anywhere one chooses to try it.
Laughing for All
If told there is an easy, natural way to improve mood, reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, and delightfully enhance well being, available for free wherever you go, most folks would laugh.
Left to right-Jim Gordon, NY Laughter Yoga leader, Vishwa Prakash and Laughter Yoga inventor Dr. Madan Kataria
And if they laughed hard enough—or even just pretended to laugh, they would realize all the benefits described above.
And that is the secret of laughter yoga. Laughter is good for you, even when you laugh intentionally. Studies prove it, but you don’t need anyone else’s data, The positive power of laughing is being harnessed systematically, diligently and joyously in laughter yoga.
Dr. Madan Kataria, a cardiologist from India invented laughter yoga in 1995, seeking ways to safely help his heart patients, and found a way to help everyone.
Laughter Yoga uses ideas, eye contact and childlike exercises among fellow laughers to start intentional laughter. The key physical elements are simple, intentional laughter releases serotonin, dopamine and endorphins that stimulates spontaneous laughs. Laughter works the whole body and mind matrix, stimulated in ways to inspire well being.
Laughter Yoga makes one feel better, anytime and anywhere one chooses to try it. From health classes to laughter clubs, from business conference ice breakers to traffic jams, laughter yoga elevates mood and sparks energy and creativity by releasing brain chemicals associated with fun.
As a cardiologist, Dr. Kataria, turned simple exercises into forms of making a workout out of laughter, and results are extremely gratifying. As one example from mainstream medicine puts it,
“The endothelium is the first line in the development of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, so, given the results of our study, it is conceivable that laughing may be important to maintain a healthy endothelium, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” says principal investigator Michael Miller, M.D., director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “At the very least, laughter offsets the impact of mental stress, which is harmful to the endothelium.” (University of Maryland 2012)
Laughter yoga does more than help the body. One cannot laugh and think simultaneously, so laughter yoga helps quiet and soothe the mind.
Laughter yoga promotes better deeper breathing, and so facilitates prana, the breathe of life. Deeper breathing may indeed lead to deeper living.
Laughter yoga is an ideal tool to conscious aging, but most of all, its fun.