Added: Dawne Washam - Date: 08.05.2022 10:49 - Views: 18031 - Clicks: 1839
You and a whole lot of other people. But laughter is good for more than the soul, even when you have to force it. In fact, some research shows that a simulated laugh may be more effective in improving depression, anxiety, and perceived stress than a spontaneous laugh.
A prime example of simulated laughter is Laughter Yoga, which was founded in by Dr. Madan Kataria , a medical doctor from Mumbai, India. Denise Macaronas, a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader here in Maine, invited me to a monthly session she le to see what it was all about. We are not being silly when we laugh, we are practicing a scientifically-based method to take care of ourselves.
Everyone needs to learn to take care of themselves and this practice is an easy one that can be done at home, alone. You need 20 minutes of sustained laughter, interspersed with deep breathing and stretching exercises, in order to gain the health benefits of laughter. We all have the ability within ourselves to feel better through laughter.
There were eight of us and everyone but me was a Laughter Yoga pro. She asked the class what time it was. The answer, of course, was that it was time to laugh and so, everybody did. Denise led us through several short exercises beginning with us imagining that we just woke up and are gazing at ourselves in the mirror. I am amazing! We all are amazing!
Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise program for both health and happiness, says Denise. Along with all the laughter, the yoga portion involves deep, slow breaths in combination with stretching exercises. This approach seems to have a positive effect on everyone, including Denise. I have led programs for many different age groups and abilities. Knowing that I am letting people release some tension through laughter, deep breaths, and stretching, as well as giving them pointers on how to continue this practice at home has a very positive effect on me.
I also feel that my creative juices flow easier after laughing. I feel relaxed, exhausted, and energized all at the same time. Karen Morency told me she feels lighter, more light-hearted, and more herself after a session, and she is also more patient and tolerant. I love to laugh. The very first time I tried it, it was outdoors, on folding chairs, and I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair and my jaws and cheeks were sore from laughing for one hour! I floated home!
When the class is over, my ribs and face ache in a nice way because it is also a workout with a lot of movement and breathing. I feel good after laughing so much. I was always in trouble at school because I tend to be a giggler! When the class is over, I feel happy and refreshed. I also love to watch the others laughing, especially Denise. Her laughter is very contagious. Marcia Jackson, who is also a Certified Laughter Yoga leader, says she continually reaps the benefits. Laughter is deep diaphragmatic breathing. After 15 minutes of laughing, your body releases the feel-good endorphins.
We also do slow deep breathing exercises and end with a calming thoughtful meditation. I feel happy, relaxed, friendly, and very glad I attended the session! I read about it in an Indian murder mystery and was curious. When Falmouth Community Programs offered a class, I ed up and have continued to attend classes for several years because I find the practice relaxing and always leave feeling better.
However, I do miss laughing in person. Doing Laughter Yoga online instead of in person does have its drawbacks, but everyone is grateful they can still participate. I am so glad we can do this online. Thank goodness for Zoom. Phyllis misses being able to socialize as they could in person and says the movements are limited on line, but at least they can get together. I appreciate the fact that it is online because Denise and other teachers who drop in give us a nice break from being stuck in the house. We get to see friends and have some fun together. The Community Center programs that I enjoyed so much have all been canceled.
For me, I get all the same benefits as if it were held in person. I see a lot of familiar faces of people who have attended various Zoom sessions at the time I attended. I have it in my mind that maybe when the world is back in order, I may meet some of these people at a Laughter Yoga Conference. Laughter Yoga offers the opportunity to laugh with others and to laugh for no reason at all. Because laughing is contagious, it is best to do it with others, but laughing alone is also possible. We never laugh at anyone but it is ok to laugh at ourselves.
When we tell jokes we do so in gibberish or with animal sounds because some jokes can be hurtful or sarcastic. When the person telling the joke comes to the punch line, we all raise our arms and laugh. We have no idea what we are laughing at but we all feel good about it. Karen, who teaches Tai Chi, did Buddha Laughing in one of her classes and agrees with Denise that some people cannot bring themselves to laugh or are uncomfortable with other people laughing.
She passes along a lesson she learned. If you think laughing would add something beneficial to your life, go for it. Whether you want to participate in a Laughter Yoga group or do it alone, give yourself permission to laugh. At nothing. Hi Diane! Do you know of any LYTs that have websites? I will send it to you. Hope you are doing well! Very well written. I hope it brings more people to our class, so they can enjoy the benefits of laughter.
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