A group of women at the Hindu Cultural Center, Loudonville, N.Y. have taken to Laughter Yoga and are completely cracking up! The mind does not know that were faking it, said Laughter Yoga instructor Rani Gandham. It thinks were happy and joyful.
As the body does not know the difference between real and fake laughter, one gets the same health benefits. Laughter Yoga helps one to get more focused and carry out day-to-day activities in a much better manner. Even the immune system strengthens and one feels energetic right through the day.
Scientifically, it has been proven that deep laughter increases the supply of oxygen to the body and mind, which helps fight heart disease. Laughter also decreases stress hormones and boosts endorphins making people feel really good and positive.
The laughter class begins with clapping and a rhythmic chant, then laughter exercises which triggers full blown laughter, which is then followed by relaxation and meditation.
Some comments from the participants:
A first timer Kate Hamlin reports, At first I felt a little silly and a little goofy and a little embarrassed, but as soon as I got the energy from everyone else and started just to get into it, it felt absolutely wonderful. She also said it should be practiced in schools as kids are pushed very hard in the classroom these days and laughter is a great way to get rid of all their stressors.
Swatantra Mitta, a pediatrician, is now inspired to do Laughter Yoga with her patients. Everybody will relax, she said. Otherwise, when we go into doctors offices, we are all tense and our blood pressure is going up.
From the corporate world to prisons, Gandham said Laughter Yoga is taking off and anyone can do it. Its a simple thing that anyone can do anywhere to reduce stress, improve immunity and have better health benefits.
To reap all the benefits, you have to laugh for 15 minutes straight three times a week. You can do it with your family or by yourself in the mirror, but if thats too much, then even forcing a smile when youre feeling down or stressed, can help lift your spirits.