Laughter Yoga makes one feel better, anytime and anywhere one chooses to try it.
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.
Laughter Yoga uses ideas, eye contact and easy exercises among fellow laughers to start intentional laughter that stimulates spontaneous laughs. The heart, lungs, diaphragm and brain, the whole body and so of course the mind are all stimulated in ways certain to inspire well being.
Invented by Dr. Madan Kataria, a cardiologist in India who was researching health benefits of laughter, laughter yoga has evolved into an array of simple exercises simply by making a workout out of laughter. The key physical elements are simple, intentional laughter releases dopamine and endorphins and the action of laughing uses many key muscles, this effectively cleanses the lungs and stimulates the heart in beneficial ways.
“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. It cleanses the mind as well. One cannot laugh and think simultaneously, so laughter yoga helps quiet and soothe the mind. Laughter yoga promotes better and deeper breathing, increasing oxygen and blood flow, so laughter yoga connects one closer to prana, breathe of life. Deeper breathing may indeed lead to deeper living.