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Laughter Yoga now offered at The Kellogg Cancer Center at Highland Park Hospital

Laughter Yoga now offered at The Kellogg Cancer Center at Highland Park Hospital

The Integrative Medicine Program is pleased to announce that beginning on Tuesday, November 17, at 8:00 am for four (4) consecutive Tuesday mornings – 11/17 – 12/1 – 12/15 & 12/29 - we will be offering Laughter Yoga at The Kellogg Cancer Center at Highland Park Hospital to anyone who is interested – everyone is welcome. This “free” pilot offer will be effective for a limited time only so please be sure to ask about Laughter Yoga when you schedule your Kellogg appointment.

Laughter is a simple, fun thing anyone can do to make a difficult situation easier to bear. Evidence is mounting that laughter is good for us!

  • Laughter reduces stress hormones. (American Journal of the Medical Sciences)
  • Laughter increases pain tolerance. (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • Laughter increases the body’s T-Cell counts. (Journal of Clinical Research)
  • Laughter may reduce stress and improve NK cell activity. (Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine)

In a Laughter Yoga class we will laugh, stretch, breath, clap, and then - laugh some more. Children laugh as they play, just from the pure joy of it. This may seem impossible to an adult burdened with serious issues, but Laughter Yoga is a bridge that can often take you back.

These 45-minute sessions will be facilitated by John Chamness, LMT, NCTMB, who is a certified Laughter Leader with the World Laughter Tour, a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and a Bodyworker with NorthShore University HealthSystem Integrative Medicine Program.

"Laughter Yoga combines laughter with yoga breathing exercises. It is a perfect way to laugh and get exercise at the same time. It approaches laughter as a body exercise so it's easy to laugh even if you're depressed or in a bad mood. I've tried it, and it works."

Oprah Winfrey.


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