It originated from India twenty years ago. The founder, a cardiologist, had been practicing it in a park in Mumbai and since then it has spread to over 75 countries and there are over 100 Laughter Clubs worldwide.
So, why do Laughter Yoga?
Many people tell me: “I already laugh enough every day”, or “I’m not depressed, I’m happy, I don’t need it”.
Well, we ALL certainly like to laugh and most of us will laugh every day. But the benefits fo Laughter Yoga only kick in when we laugh for a prolonged period of 15-20 minutes. It’s equivalent to an aerobic exercise – a complete wellness workout if you like.
What are the benefits of Laughter Yoga?
There are five main benefits.
1) It’s healthy. Yep, it’s scientifically proven that Laughter Yoga increases the function of our immune system, thus by doing it frequently we are prone to less illnesses. It also showed that people who already had a chronic illness and did laughter yoga was able to reciver much faster.
2) It helps us produce our “happy hormones”, the endorphins. These happiness hormones stay in our bodies for up to 24 h after each session.
3) It oxygenates our brain and bodies up to 25% more and therefore we can concentrate and focus better. We feel more energetic and tend to procrastinate less.
4) It helps people bond and connect with each other in a beautiful and playful way. Especially when practiced in businesses the results are amazing for team bonding events.
5) Laughter Yoga teaches us not to take life so seriously. We learn to laugh even in hard and tough times and to find the humour in every possible situation.
And there is one more benefit I would like to add: Since I started with Laughter Yoga two months ago I have great abs! ;-)
Why Laughter Yoga is a mindfulness practice
I’m a meditation teacher and teach mindfulness practices to my students. I found that Laughter Yoga is a mindful practice too. Why? Because mindfulness teaches us to live in the present moment and to be in our bodies, focusing on our breaths.
When we laugh we are absolutely in the present moment. You can’t be contemplating the past or worrying about the future when you laugh about something funny. You are fully present and feel your belly shaking or your heart beating faster and when we do the breathing exercises you connect with your breath. It’s a beautiful mindfulness practice that is more accessible to all, since not everyone is interested in learning more conventional forms of meditation.
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