Laughter Yoga combines Unconditional Laughter with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real 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.
Shari Delaney, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader from Silver Spring, Maryland, teaches clients the importance of laughter in reducing stress and leaving a person more peaceful and content. “Laughter is gentle exercise. It fills your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-cleans your breathing passages and exercises your stomach muscles,” Delaney says. “The laughter helps lower blood pressure, reduces stress and gives a boost to the immune system, leaving you with an all over feeling of wellness.”
Delaney led a Laughter Yoga session for breast cancer survivors and their loved ones at Washington Adventist Hospital’s Pretty in Pink Breast Cancer Survivorship Celebration. From the look of things, participants were definitely having fun and feeling the health benefits.
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