Laughter Yoga Strengthens the Immune System
Laughter Yoga can help strengthen the immune system and worldwide, Laughter Yoga participants have reported fewer colds and viruses. I myself have not had a cold for 2 years. This week I broke my record and became sick with a cold or flu, whichever it was. I was an asthmatic and a very shallow breather. Besides learning to find my laughter again, I was interested in Laughter Yoga as a way to improve my exhalation capacity and to see if I could gradually retrain my breathing. I began doing Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) exercises every day along with Laughter Yoga regularly. Gradually I did notice an improvement in my breathing and slowly, I noticed the wheezing lessening until I had no wheezing at all. I go out for walks and am thrilled and amazed at how easily and deeply I can breathe now.
This week, I had a bad cold (or flu, I'm not sure which). I thought surely this will turn back into asthma. This has been the real proof of the long term benefit of this work. I had no asthma symptoms! I even went out for a walk around the block up a hill to check myself - surely I would notice asthma with the bad cold going up a hill. None!! I am mostly recovered from the cold now and had no asthma at all!! I have not been on any regular asthma medication for several years now. I do keep an emergency inhaler around should I need it and if ever I would, I thought this week was going to be it. No need. I should add that I have been doing Laughter Yoga and Pranayama for 5 years now. It has been a slow process - but it is possible to greatly improve ones breathing. Laughter Yoga is definitely the most FUN way to improve ones breathing.Lau