Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. This type of yoga is done in groups, with eye contact and playfulness between the participants with the idea that it will soon turn into real and contagious laughter.
Clinical research conducted at Bangalore, India and in the United States has proved that Laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc) in the blood.
5 Benefits of Laughter Yoga
Good Mood and More Laughter: Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more than you normally do.
Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress: Laughter Yoga is like an aerobic exercise (cardio workout) which brings more oxygen to the body and brain thereby making one feel more energetic and relaxed.
Health Benefits: Laughter Yoga reduces the stress and strengthens the immune system.You will not fall sick easily and if you have some chronic health conditions, you will heal faster
Quality of Life: Laughter is a positive energy which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships. If you laugh more, you will attract many friends.
Positive Attitude in Challenging Times : Everyone can laugh when life is good, but how does one laugh when faced with challenges? Laughter helps to create a positive mental state to deal with negative situations and negative people. It gives hope and optimism to cope with difficult times.
Laughter Yoga makes one feel better, anytime and anywhere one chooses to try it. At this years expo Jim Gordon will be hosting a demo on Laughter Yoga.
Jim Gordon is a certified laughter yoga teacher, having completed training under the auspices of Laughter Yoga International (www.laughteryoga.org) He has led laughter sessions for groups ranging from the YMCA to staff of Hospice Inc, and at private parties and business events. . He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aging and Social Works and is enrolled for his Master’s degree in Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts.
Come on down and take part in this contagious exercise, we will have lots of fun and it will be beneficial to our health.