German Research On Laughter Yoga As Exercise For Trunk Muscles

This is a very significant research conducted by the Friedrich Schiller University at Jena, Germany and published in the Journal Of Motor Behavior, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2014. The aim of this study, in which seven male and seven female students participated, was to quantify the activation of the trunk muscles during Laughter Yoga, in comparison with crunch and back lifting exercises.

What Is It Oxytocin

Generally known as the love hormone, oxytocin has also been dubbed the cuddle chemical, and the bliss hormone due to its effects on behavior. It is made in the brain and is transported to, and secreted by, the pituitary gland. When released into the bloodstream it affects the uterus and lactation, but its release into defined regions of the brain also affects emotional, cognitive, and social behaviors.

Using Candles For Laughter Events

Last year we celebrated 20 years of Laughter Yoga, and to commemorate the occasion a number of Laughter Yoga conferences were held around the world. During the celebrations, as a symbolic ritual, we lit candles while doing the peace march. It started during the German conference conducted by our master trainer Gabriella, who made special peace candles held by the entire group. But, we faced a problem. As we walked with the lit candles, the hot wax spilled onto our hands, which was not funny haha!!!

What I Learnt From His Holiness The Dalai Lama

My wife Madhuri and I were fortunate to have a personal meeting with the Dalai Lama during his visit to Bangalore for a peace summit. We went to hear him talk about peace in these difficult times and were inspired by his charismatic persona. The moment he entered the seminar room there was pin drop silence and the energy of the room changed as he stepped on to the stage. He was very mindful of everybody greeting him and held hands of all who came his way.