What’s involved in a laughter yoga session?
The Happydemic’s laughter yoga sessions begin with a warm-up incorporating gentle stretching, clapping, swaying and some grounding chants: “Very good, very good, YAY” and “Hoho, hahaha, hoho, hahaha, hoho hahaha, heeheeheeheehee!” These actions ease participants into playfulness.
The session then moves onto a series of ‘laughter exercises’ interspersed with breathing exercises. It has been scientifically proven that 20 minutes of laughter reaps real physiological benefits.
Throughout the session, eye contact is maintained with others in the group. Sometimes sessions conclude with affirmations. Sometimes ‘laughter meditation’ rounds off a session. ‘Laughter meditation’ is a wonderfully powerful, cathartic, explosion of joy.
What are the benefits of laughter yoga?
Laughter yoga offers many proven physical and emotional benefits and many participants enjoy feeling that difference after just one session.
Laughter yoga benefits include:
- Lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol
- Lower heart rate
- Lower blood pressure
- Stronger immune systems
- Team unity and workplace productivity improvements
- Enhanced ability to manage stress.
This blog provides more details of health benefits gained from laughter yoga.
What do I wear for laughter yoga?
Anything, seriously! Whether it’s shorts and t-shirt or a three-piece suit, you can try out laughter yoga in whatever clothes you feel most comfortable. Find out more at this blog.
Do I have to be in the mood for laughter yoga?
Absolutely not. One of the many beautiful advantages of laughter yoga is that you don’t have to be in the mood to laugh. You can feel tired, down or blue. You might even feel depressed. You can be shy, full of worries or think life’s not that great. None of that has anything to with stopping you from doing laughter yoga. This blog explains more about why it doesn’t matter whether you’re ‘in the mood’.