A pilot research study published in ‘Explore’ journal from NY in May-June edition of 2016, explored the outcomes of Laughter Yoga in adults with Parkinson׳s disease (PD) and their caregivers. The conclusion showed significant improvement in well-being for adults with PD and their caregivers, after attending a Laughter Yoga session.
This is a great document every Laughter Yoga professional must have and get it filled by the participants before their trainings and other Laughter Yoga workshops.
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.
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.
This new laughter exercise is a direct adaptation of superbrain yoga which seems to be an ancient Indian practice to stimulate the entire brain. This technique has been researched upon in many universities and the results are scientifically validated.
As Laughter Yoga professionals we always talk about endorphins and how they work. We have a detailed article which will help you to deepen your knowledge about the ‘happy chemicals’ released during laughter.
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!!!
You must download this shorter version of the video ‘20 Years Of Laughter Yoga’, as it is a great resource which you can show during your LY presentations. It covers all the applications and also has some research videos in the end.
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.
We found a fantastic video clip developed by our laughter professors from Venezuela – Eleonora Zuleta and Pedro Luis Salazar, which is a beautiful combination of gibberish singing and brain gym exercises. We are developing more exercises similar to this, but please have a look at this video.