Have you tried Laughter Yoga? What is it?
“We have taken Life too Seriously and the time has come now to take Laughter Seriously!” Dr. Madan Kataria
You know Laughter is the Best Medicine!
You probably have heard this statement several times. Norman Cousins, the editor of the Saturday Review, was the first to raise awareness of the benefits of Laughter and wrote the very popular book “The Anatomy of an Illness.”
What are the benefits of Laughter Yoga? Here are a few:
* Relieves Stress
* Reduces Pain
* Aids Digestion
* Improves Sleep
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Dr. Madan Kataria, seen below with yours truly, first started “Laughter Yoga” with a group of people in the park next to his home. The group started with jokes, but then they ran out of jokes or the jokes were not that funny any more, so Dr. Kataria’s wife suggested that they incorporate some yoga exercises along with the laughing….thus was born Laughter Yoga.
Laughter Yoga is a unique total workout which has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6,000 social laughter clubs in 65 countries.
In Laughter Yoga one can laugh for no reason at all. It starts out with simulated laughter, with a little childlike playfulness, which turns into a genuine and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.
Laughter Yoga has become a “hot” topic of discussion in the media and has been featured in the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz show; and at Katie Couric’s request, I led the audience at her show with some laughter yoga exercises.
Here’s a link to the CNN Feature on Laughter Yoga at Grand Central in which I participated:
After having experienced first hand that laughter is truly the best medicine, I quickly signed up to become a laughter yoga leader so that I, too, could share this wonderful method of releasing endorphins! Ho! Ho! Ha! Ha! Ha! Next time you feel pooped and ready to crash on the sofa, watch a re-run of Seinfeld, a comedy show or hang out with a couple of funny friends! You can’t frown and smile at the same time – you can’t be angry if your face is smiling or laughing! Going to have a blood test or about to experience something painful such as waxing or electrolysis? Smile, think of funny situations and release those endorphins!
Interested in trying laughter yoga? If you are in the NYC area, contact me and let the roars of laughter begin!
Ho! Ho! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Clean Eating Contributor