Laugh Off Your Stress

You feel good after a funny movie or after a bout of infectious laughter. Now you can laugh all you want with laughter yoga.

Hasya yoga is a type of yoga that uses prolonged voluntary laughter. The main benefits of this type of yoga brings more oxygen to the body and brain by using yogic breathing invlolving the diaphram. The session will end with laughter meditation where participants lie down or sit and allow natural laughter to flow through them. Catharsis and relaxation are the results and benefits.

There is no humour involved but eye contact and playfullness between participants. Twenty minutes of laughter yoga is good enough to develop the full physiological benefits.

Laughter yoga was used as an exercise routine developed by Indian physician Madan Kataria, who writes about the practice in his 2002 book Laughter For No Reason. As yoga practitioners, Dr Kataria and his wife Madhuri, co-founder of Laughter Yoga, saw the similarities between laughter and pranayama exercises, and incorporated elements from this ancient form of yoga into laughter yoga, including the deep breathing exercises now used between laughter exercises, to deepen the impact.

You don’t just laugh in laughter yoga but combine exercises, breathing techniques and meditation. A handful of smallscale scientific studies have indicated that Laughter Yoga may potentially have some medically beneficial effects, including benefits to cardiovasular health and mood. Benefits to mood in depressed patients have been found to be as good as exercise therapy. It is also said to reduce risk factors for allergies, asthma, arthritis and diabetes.

For people who are not sick and want to stay healthy and for those who have some illness and seek help to heal faster. People come regularly to the laughter clubs because it helps them to stay fit. It strengthens the immune system and one does not fall sick easily. Laughter yoga is a powerful cardio workout and just 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes on the rowing machine. It increases blood circulation and relaxes the muscles. It is also an antidote for depression, reduces blood pressure, reduces symptoms of allergies, asthma, arthritis and helps in chronic illnesses like cancer.

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