Laughter Wellness/ Yoga, is a unique exercise routine which combines laughter without relying on humour, jokes or comedy, with yogic breathing (Pranayama).
Laughter is initially simulated as a physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting childlike playfulness. In most cases this soon leads to real and contagious laughter. Science has proved that the body cannot differentiate between simulated and real laughter.
Laughter Yoga allows adults to achieve sustained hearty laughter without involving cognitive thought. It bypasses the intellectual systems that normally act as a brake on natural laughter.
Laughter sessions start with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, clapping and body movement integrating the sounds of laughter. These help break down inhibitions and develop feelings of childlike playfulness.
Breathing exercises are used to prepare the lungs for laughter followed by a series of ‘laughter exercises’. These exercises, when combined with the strong social dynamics of group behaviour, lead to prolong and hearty unconditional laughter. Laughter exercises are interspersed with breathing exercises. Research suggests that twenty minutes of laughter is sufficient to develop full physiological benefits.
A Laughter Yoga session may finish with ‘laughter meditation’ and guided relaxation.
This is a powerful experience that often leads to a feeling of release and joyfulness, confidence and general wellbeing, that group members have reported can last for days.
No specialist equipment needed, or lycra- just an open mind, and comfortable clothing!
If anyone wants more information please contact
Jan Turner (Certified Laughter Yoga Leader/Teacher) will be teaching her sessions on thursday 11.30am -12.30pm
07806781943 or firstname.lastname@example.org