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Laughter Yoga

What is it ? – Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason, without the need for comedy, jokes or humour. It incorporates the deep breathing principles of yoga with playful, unconditional laughter exercises and is based on the scientific fact that the brain can’t distinguish between real and fake laughter so we get all the same wonderful physiological and psychological benefits!

Laughter Yoga was developed in 1995 by a medical doctor Madan Kataria in India. He started with just five people in a local park and there are now more than 10,000 laughter clubs in over 70 countries.

How can it help me?

Stress is the number 1 killer in today’s society with more than 70 – 80% of illnesses being attributed to it. Laughter Yoga reduces physical, mental and emotional stress whilst simultaneously creating an emotional balance which results in people feeling the benefits from the very first session.

Laughter Yoga has numerous therapeutic benefits across key areas of life which include;

Personal – Our mood lifts instantly because of the release of natural feel good endorphins, it promotes a more positive state of mind, the ability to view life’s challenges from a different perspective, enables release negative thoughts and emotions, promotes conflict resolution, lessens inhibitions, helps us to connect with ourselves, encourages creativity and is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety and depression.

Health – It boosts and strengthens the immune system which helps to fight disease, increases energy, tones the muscles, reduces blood pressure and symptoms of allergies, improves respiration and circulation and relaxes the whole body by reducing stress and tension.

Business – As a result of the brain and body receiving more oxygen this can improve and enhance performance, concentration, productivity, motivation and energy levels.

Social – It can help improve relationships, allow us to connect better with people, gives us increased self esteem, confidence and communication skills and allows us to let go of the need to take life too seriously.

 


"when you laugh, you change and when you change, the whole world around you changes’".

Madan Kataria


What do I have to do?

Simply turn up! Laughter Yoga sessions are a fun and simple workout. Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing and simply be prepared to learn to laugh without inhibition!

How long does it last?

Laughter yoga sessions are tailored to individual group’s requirements and last either 1 hour or 1.5 hours.

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