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In Laughter-Yoga Meditation there are“group meditation” and “meditation alone”. While you can laugh provoked by others in group meditation, you must laugh freely without the help of other people in meditation alone.

Dr. Madan Kataria shows 5 laughter techniques to practice laughter yoga exercise and meditation. (Please refer to “Laughter Yoga Alone” in detail.)

When I made experiments with laughing, I referred to the following techniques:

Technique No.1  Fake laughter until you make it

Try faking laughter because it doesn’t matter whether you make real laughter or not. This is based on the scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between real and fake laughter.

Technique No.2  Make the sound of laughter

As there is a two-way link between body and mind, you can bring about a change in your emotional expression by opening up your voice and the sound of laughter.

Technique No.3  Try to keep on laughing until you run out of breath

Laughter will remove the residual air from the lungs.

Technique No.4  Look upwards and begin laughing

Keep your chin up to make the respiratory tract straight and facilitate the flow of air to make laughter much easier.

Technique No.5  Try to hold your breath after inhaling before you burst out laughing

Holding your breath a little longer builds up air pressure inside the lungs and facilitates laughter. At the moment of holding your breath, you anticipate that you might start laughing, and you really will burst out laughing.

As I mentioned before, I practice 50-minute Laughter-Yoga Meditation every morning in accordance with Dr. Madan Kataria’s prescription. First I do 20-minute laughter meditation, in which I have been trying to find laughing techniques most suitable for me.

My experiment is mainly based on three laughing yoga exercises, “just laugh”, “humming laughter” and "silent laughter". Each of laughing techniques includes, if written in the order of the vowel meditation (AEIOU), Wa, We, Wi, Wo, Wu for Wa-line laughter, A, E, I, O, U for A-line laughter and Ha, He, Hi, Ho, Hu for Ha-line laughter etc., for

example.

?Just Laugh

The above laughing techniques are explained in the order of strength of exhaling.

“Wa-line” laughter: After you inhale slowly as much as possible and hold your breath a little longer with your mouth closed, you pronounce the plosive “Wa” sound and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five Wa-line forms of this laughter are as follows:

“Wa” laughter is Wahahhahhahhahha.

“We” laughter is Wehehhehhehhehhe.”

“Wi” laughter is Wihihhihhihhihhi.

“Wo” laughter is Wohohhohhohhohho.

“Wu” laughter is Wuhuhhuhhuhhuhhu.

There are two variations in “Wa-line” laughter as explained below.

Variation 1: After you inhale slowly as much as possible, you pronounce the “Wa” sound a little longer and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five Wa-line forms of this laughter are the same as the original Wa-line laughter.

Variation 2: Immediately after you inhale lightly, not deeply, you pronounce the plosive “Wa” sound and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five Wa-line forms of this laughter are the same as the original Wa-line laughter. Starting laughter immediately after light inhalation is real laughter. We usually laugh in this way.

“A-line” laughter: After you inhale slowly as much as possible and hold your breath a little longer with your mouth closed, you pronounce the “A” sound and keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five A-line forms of this laughter are as follows:

“A” laughter is Ahahhahhahhahha.

“E” laughter is Ehehhehhehhehhe.

“I” laughter is Ihihhihhihhihhi.

“O” laughter is Ohohhohhohhohho.

“U” laughter is Uhuhhuhhuhhuhhu.

There are two variations in “A-line” laughter as explained below.

Variation 1: After you inhale slowly as much as possible, you pronounce the “A” sound a little longer and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five A-line forms of this laughter are the same as the original A-line laughter.

Variation 2: Immediately after you inhale lightly, not deeply, pronounce the “A” sound, and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five A-line forms of this laughter are the same as the original A-line laughter.

Since each of A-line laughter is made with your mouth open, these forms are a little bit weaker than those of Wa-line made with your mouth closed.

“Ha-line” laughter: After you inhale slowly as much as possible and hold your breath a little longer with your mouth closed, you pronounce the “Ha” sound in your throat and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five Ha-line forms of this laughter are as follows:

“Ha” laughter is Hahhahhahhahha.

“He” laughter is Hehhehhehhehhe.

“Hi” laughter is Hihhihhihhihhi.

“Ho” laughter is Hohhohhohhohho.

“Hu” laughter is Huhhuhhuhhuhhu.

There are two variations in “Ha-line” laughter as explained below.

Variation 1: After you inhale slowly as much as possible, you pronounce the “Ha” sound a little longer in your throat and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five Ha-line forms of this laughter are the same as the original Ha-line laughter.

Variation 2: Immediately after you inhale lightly, not deeply, you pronounce the “Ha” sound in your throat and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five Ha-line forms of this laughter are the same as the original Ha-line laughter.

Since Ha-line forms of laughter are made in your throat, these forms are much weaker than those of A-line.

?Humming laughter: After you inhale slowly as much as possible, you pronounce the “Mu” sound a little longer with your mouth closed and then keep on laughing in Mhuhhuhhuhhuhhu with your mouth closed until you run out of breath from your nose.

There are two variations in humming laughter as explained below.

Variation 1: After you inhale slowly as much as possible and hold your breath a little longer, you pronounce the “Mu” sound and then keep on laughing in Mhuhhuhhuhhuhhu with your mouth closed until you run out of breath from your nose.

Variation 2: Immediately after you inhale lightly, not deeply, pronounce the “Mu” sound and then keep on laughing in Mhuhhuhhuhhuhhu with your mouth closed until you run out of breath from your nose.

?“MuWa-line”laughter: After you inhale slowly as much as possible, pronounce “Mu” a little longer, pronounce the plosive “MuWa” sound and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five MuWa-line forms of this laughter are as follows:

“MuWa” laughter is MuWahhahhahhahhahha.

“MuWe” laughter is MuWehhehhehhehhehhe.

“MuWi” laughter is MuWihhihhihhihhihhi.

“MuWo” laughter is MuWohhohhohhohhohho.

“MuWu” laughter is MuWuhhuhhuhhuhhuhhu.

“MuA-line”laughter: There can be this laughter theoretically, but this one is almost the same as that of MuWa-line laughter.

“MuHa-line”laughter: After you inhale slowly as much as possible, pronounce “Mu” a little longer, pronounce the “Ha” sound in your throat and then keep on laughing in Muhahhahhahhahha until you run out of breath. Five MuHa-line forms of this laughter are as follows:

“MuHa” laughter is MuHahhahhahhahhahha.

“MuHe” laughter is MuHehhehhehhehhehhe.

“MuHi” laughter is MuHihhihhihhihhihhi.

“MuHo” laughter is MuHohhohhohhohhohho.

“MuHu” laughter is MuHuhhuhhuhhuhhuhhu.

There is no variation in MuHa-line laughter. Immediately after you inhale slowly as much as possible, you laugh in the way of MuHa-line laughter, which becomes the same one as “Ha-line” laughter. Likewise, immediately after you inhale lightly, not deeply, you laugh in the way of MuHa-line laughter, which becomes the same one as variation 2 of “Ha-line” laughter.

Technique No.5 above mentions that at the moment of holding your breath you anticipate that you might start laughing, you really will burst out laughing. This applies well to Humming laughter, MWa-line laughter, MA-line laughter, etc.

? Silent laughter?After you inhale slowly as much as possible and hold your breath a little longer, you pronounce the “Ha” sound in silence in your throat and then keep on laughing in hahhahhahhahha without making any sound until you run out of breath. In this silent laughter as well, there are five Ha-line forms of silent laughter theoretically, but it seems that there is no meaning in specifying other Ha-line forms of the silent laughter, because any form of laughter has no sound.

Variation: After you inhale slowly as much as possible and hold your breath a little longer, you pronounce the “Hu” sound in silence in your throat and then keep on laughing in huhhuhhuhhuhhu without making any sound until you run out of breath from your nose.

Although the silent laughter has its two variations theoretically in the same way as Wa-line laughter and so on, it seems that there is no meaning in specifying these variations in the same reason as above.

Laughter forms of any line above are finally followed by Ha-line laughter, which have been proved by scientific experiment to be the best form of laughing. Other sounds like “A-line”, “Ka-line”, “Sa-line” etc. cannot breathe out air to laugh.

Furthermore, “Ha-line” sound like ha-ha-ha-ha-ha cannot fake laughter. It has also been proved that the best laughter can be faked easily by pronouncing “Ha” sound like hahhahhahhahha discontinuously.

Furthermore, real laughter seems to be the most similar to one of variations of the above laughter techniques: “immediately after you inhale lightly, not deeply, you pronounce the sound, and then keep on laughing until you run out of breath”. It seems that this laughing is effective for breathing because inhaling is made after complete exhaling to remove the residual air from the lungs.

?Mixed techniques of laughter

There are many combinations of the various forms of laughter mentioned above. I have experimented with mixing the following 5 laughing techniques, each one being made for 4 minutes.

(1) The “Wa-line” forms of laughter “Wa”, “We”, “Wi”, “Wo” and “Wu” are repeated sequentially.

(2) The “Wa” laughter is made.

(3) The “MuWa” laughter is made.

(4) Humming laughter and “MuWu” laughter are made alternately.

(5) Silent laughter is made.

In the case of meditation alone, you must laugh freely without the help of others. In the beginning, it was difficult for me to keep on laughing for 20 minutes, and therefore I tried to find laughing techniques most suitable for me through trial and error as mentioned above. Now that I have kept to the 40-day formula of Dr. Madan Kataria, I feel like I can make natural laughter by combining Wa-line laughter, MuWa-line laughter and Humming laughter

There might be good laughter techniques other than these. But I am very happy if they will be useful for helping you find a laughter technique which really makes you burst out laughing.

Furthermore, I hope that the above laughing techniques will be useful as data for conducting scientific research into the effect of laughter on the human body and brain.