It’s true: Laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical, emotional and social changes. As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults we tend to be more serious and laugh infrequently. By seeking out more opportunities to laugh, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.
Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine that is sweeping the world, spreading to over 100 countries. Developed by a medical doctor from India, Dr. Madan Kataria, it is a complete wellbeing workout!
Scientific Evidence of the Benefits of Laughter
The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on the evidence that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. Clinical research demonstrated that laughter lowered the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol) in the blood by 28%, compared to a control group. One gets physiological and psychological benefits even from listening to laughter! The Mayo Clinic reports positive long term benefits from laughter which include:
After the Laughter Yoga session, I find it very helpful to instill a Laughing Meditation. Here we lay on our backs and allow ourselves to spontaneously laugh for 5-10 minutes, uninterrupted. Resting when we wish, and then allowing the laughter or emotions to bubbly up safely and effortlessly over and over again. Afterwards, the class rests quietly and absorbs all the benefits from our practice. A lovely Yoga Nidra or guided meditation or restful music will conclude our hour long session.
Invite Nurse Marsha to your group, work place, or event. She leads Laughter Yoga and Laughter Meditation in homes, community centers, churches, resorts, corporate events, family gatherings, healing ceremonies, yoga studios, and outdoor gatherings.
Book a one-hour session of Laughter Yoga & Laughing Meditation. You will feel the benefits: