In this blog post, we are going to explore the many benefits of Laughter Yoga. When you start laughing, your chemistry changes. Even your physical being changes and, believe it or not, your chances to experience happiness are much greater. Dr. Kataria once said, “Laughter Yoga is nothing more than prepping the body and mind for happiness.”
Children laugh hundreds of times during the day; the average adult doesn’t laugh more than 25 times a day. Learn to laugh. Learn to lighten up. Learn not to take life so seriously. How do you laugh when nothing is funny? Just open your mouth into a wide smile and force your breath out. You probably will feel silly at first, but when you are in a group of people committed to laughing the make-believe version transform into the real thing. Most Laughter Yoga classes involve clapping and chanting (Ho, Ho, HA, HA, Ha), some deep breaths, and 15-20 minutes of laughter exercises (my Laughter Yoga Teacher was great and we had fun with fake talking on the phone, opening up a bill, riding a pretend motorcycle and so much more). Then there is about 15 minutes of laughter meditation. Dr. Kataria has many brief 10-15 minute sessions on YouTube. He says 10-11 minutes of laughter is all you need to do in a session for all the health benefits to start taking effect.
I would love to hear from any of you who have tried this, even on YouTube. Have a wonderful beginning of Spring and Laugh more everywhere you go.