Elvie Punzalan-Estavillo: We were scheduled to conduct a Laughter Yoga session at the Department of Justice, Probation and Parole Administration Division last July, when a fire broke out at its nearby Land Registration Authority office. Luckily, the notice of cancellation came in the nick of time as we were just then going out of the garage.
With about 100 eager-to-learn-and-laugh employees I proceeded with the Laughter Yoga session by urging them to drop their inhibitions and give their all to it by warm-up exercises designed to help them loosen up. The participants could hardly believe that Laughter Yoga clapping and ho ho ha ha-ing can boost ones energy, until they were told what each activity does for the whole body.
Many people do not know that laughter is a body exercise -- it jogs and moves our internal organs around! That is why just one minute of mirthful laughter is equivalent to 10 minutes of cardio workout on a rowing machine. That one Laughter Yoga session can burn as much as 300 calories! In the course of the session, when they began sweating, they realized how true all that was told them.
We did different laughter exercises, some breathing and stretching exercises and chants of I feel good, very good, I am happy, very happy, etc. were uttered, not just with much gusto, but with all our hearts and might. As the Laughter Yoga session was about to wind down, we recited the affirmation, healing mantras, and prayer for world peace in the same sincere way. At the end, we had a playful game by dividing the participants into three groups, each assigned to say specific chants that made the participants convulse with laughter and sweat profusely.
After the Laughter Yoga session, we made a presentation of the school Laughter Yoga Phl supported last year by putting up much-needed toilets and providing complete water supply system. To the various companies and organizations that continue to support Laughter Yoga Club, Phl. and for whom it has conducted Laughter Yoga sessions with gratitude, I am very happy to mention that for this much-blessed year, we are adopting two schools: Holy Spirit Elementary School with a student population of 7,000, and San Gabriel Elementary school with 6,500 students. Both are located in Quezon City. I give top priority to public schools with high student population gravely and urgently needing complete water supply systems and toilets to immediately alleviate the sad and pitiful plights of their respective students, faculty and administration personnel for health and sanitary reason.
Here are some on-the-spot comments by the participants that help and guide us to give our best to each Laughter Yoga session.
Ma. Socorro Borja The session was so interesting, funny, and exciting. The group enjoyed a lot. So amazing!
Joby A. Orendain Great stress buster. I felt light after the Laughter Yoga session. It will definitely help my illness fly away.
Maria Rufina Escobar Ufano - This gave me a chance to know and share the importance of laughter in my life.
Ma. Isabel B. Castillo Enjoyable and stress-free.
Rosario Labastida I felt relaxed and experienced fun during the session.
Antonio Jojo Saldua Jr Feels good, never before I have laughed this good without inhibitions.
Lynette F. Lorenzo Happy, healthy, positive and helpful session.
Charito P. Austria Healthy, helpful and stress-free session. Very good Laughter Yoga!
Adel A. Martir Thank you for the laughter. It is relaxing.
Editha K. Buemio Lessened my stress.
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