June 21 has been declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations - thanks to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who initiated the idea. Originating in India almost 6000 years ago, yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which has helped several people worldwide to maintain good health, peace and harmony.
Like traditional Yoga, Laughter Yoga (Hasya Yoga) too originated in India in 1995 and has swept the globe in more than 100 countries in 20 years, setting up thousands of free social Laughter Clubs around the world, which are free for one and all. Apart from these clubs, Laughter Yoga is being practiced in companies, senior centers, yoga studios, schools colleges universities, hospitals, cancers enters, centers for physically and mentally challenged, prisons and police. Scientific studies have validated that even if you laugh deliberately, it does have many health benefits.
Laughter Yoga aims at attaining complete physical mental, social and spiritual wellbeing through laughter. The major component of Laughter Yoga, as in traditional yoga, is breathing exercises (Pranayama). When combined with laughter exercises, it helps exhale stale air out of our lungs thereby increasing the net amount of Oxygen (Prana) to the body and brain which makes us healthy and energetic. More than 70-80% illnesses are due to stress and lack of proper breathing. The easiest and the safest way to reduce stress is to practice Laughter Yoga, as it changes the way we breathe from shallow breathing to deep diagrammatic breathing.
The word Yoga comes from Sanskrit word "Yuj" which means to unite or connect. Unconditional laughter is a great way to connect people and unite them like a family. By setting up free Laughter Clubs we are creating an international family of likeminded people who believe in love, kindness, compassion, caring and sharing. Laughter is a positive energy which can bring health and happiness and help us grow spiritually.
Laughter Yoga is not a substitute for traditional yoga, but is a great value addition to yoga and can be done for 10-15 minutes at the end of a yoga session or can even be done independently.
As part of our social mission we want to impart free trainings for those who wish to set up free social Laughter Clubs or incorporate Laughter Yoga along with traditional yoga practice.
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