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Laughing Yoga or Laughter Yoga – what’s the difference?

I often hear people call Laughter Yoga, “Laughing Yoga”.  In fact one man has just phoned me, keen to find out how to become qualified in “Laughing Yoga”  in Devon. It was his phone call that prompted this post.

I asked him, “Do you want to become a Yoga expert that laughs, or would you like to learn Laughter Yoga?”.  Of course we had a good laugh about it, and he’s decided he would definitely like to learn Laughter Yoga.  However there is a serious point to this. Becoming a Yoga Teacher (in one of the more traditional forms of Yoga) takes many years.  It’s a complex business, understanding both their own inner experience and helping to guide others.  They are often working with people in a physical, physiological and emotional/spiritual/meditative way, and they are showing people how to bend into challenging shapes, Downward Dogs, Upward Suns and everything in between.

I consider these traditional Yoga teachers to be experts in their subject, and because they have undertaken such a rigorous training.  I delight in hearing  about different types of Yoga – for example, hot yoga, Kundalini Yoga.  Or my most recent favourite – Aerial Yoga!  WOW – these people are swinging from folds of fabric, held in harnesses, doing gravity-challenging stretches and moves.  It’s gracious – and isn’t all Yoga gracious?

neon lights "all you need is LOL" Laughing Yoga

Photo by Kah Lok Leong on Unsplash

Laughter or Laughing Yoga holds many similarities with the traditional yoga’s in the world, but one thing it probably isn’t is gracious!

Here are some of the similarities and differences:

Name: should Laughing Yoga or Laughter Yoga even be called “Yoga”?  Yoga – the word means “yoke” or join.  With Laughter Yoga, the yoga creates the join between Laughter and deep Yogic breathing.   It isn’t the serious sort of word that some people consider it to be.

Exercise: Laughter Yoga offers a series of movements, but these are much more relaxed than a traditional Yoga session.  They may even include lying on the floor – however that is often accompanied with snorting, giggling and guffawing.

Laughter Yoga or Laughing Yoga is available and brilliant for people of all ages and levels of ability. 

With Laughter Yoga, nobody will be telling anyone to “make a certain position”.  The person doing Laughter Yoga has the choice to participate or not – and they are always advised not  to push it. If they feel uncomfortable or any unusual pains, then the advice is ALWAYS to stop!

Meditation:  Laughter Yoga sessions usually end with a Laughter Meditation – which is a way to allow yourself to laugh freely and with conscious awareness.

Guided meditation: Laughing Yoga sessions often also finish up with a Guided Meditation or a mindfulness moment, where people are gradually brought back into their own awareness.  This session can be the most deep and delightful experienced (many people report that finding to me) because so much adrenalin and stress hormones have been dispersed, people find they can gain true inner peace.

Equipment:  Laughter Yoga can be done with absolutely no equipment, not even a yoga mat.  Often Laughing Yoga Leaders will run a Laughter Yoga session outdoors in a park, with nothing but their own sense of fun and joy.

So – as Laughing Yoga, or Laughter Yoga,  includes movement, meditation, conscious use of laughter to make ourselves feel great and to connect with others around us. Perhaps the only difference between Laughter Yoga and traditional yoga is in the body stretches and the requirements of physiological training.

Perhaps it’s grace and silence that differentiate yoga from Laughing Yoga?

I was also going to suggest that the graceful movements and often silent tradition of traditional yoga might be another difference, but a friend has just phoned me.  She’s just come home from her Kundalini Yoga class, and apparently tonight her lentil curry wasn’t fully digested before she attempted a complex stretch.  The resultant breaking wind meant the whole class erupted in laughter.  So it seems even traditional Yoga is not without its laughter… nor is it always totally refined and graceful, which is precisely when it becomes Laughing Yoga.

Perhaps the only true difference is that Laughter Yoga or Laughing Yoga is about consciously creating laughter, and encouraging, not suppressing, any urge to laugh.

Tips for reading Guided Meditations

Woman meditating in guided meditationAfter a Laughter Yoga session, there are a number of ways to conclude and bring people back down from the euphoria of laughing.   One way is to ask them to settle, relax and notice their breath as it flows in and out.  Just bringing their attention back to the breath. Another is a reading guided meditations.   This is brilliant in a group when you know you have the time, and you can choose an appropriate meditation for the group.  Here are some tips on reading guided meditations

Before you start reading Guided Meditations:

Ensure you are familiar with the meditation.  Read it to yourself.  How does it flow? Are there errors in it, or elements that you think you might stumble over reading the guided meditation? If so, change the meditation so it is more appropriate to your style.

It might surprise you to know that for many people, their first time listening to a meditation can cause them concerns – they may be questioning “am I doing this right?”, or “does everyone have their eyes closed?” or even “what if I fall asleep and start snoring”.

For these reasons it’s important to have adequate pre-meditation setup.  Address these issues with this script if you like:

“It is normal if your mind wanders during meditation. This happens even in experienced meditators.   If this happens to you, just notice it, and then bring your attention back to my voice, or the meditation or whatever you are visualizing. Do this kindly and gently, as if you are guiding a small child.   

“Some people might nod off for a few seconds during a meditation.  Again, this is normal, so if you fall asleep for seconds, then just notice it, and kindly and gently bring your attention back to the meditation.

“External noises, shuffling, traffic, whatever noises you may notice, are fine.   And it is also fine, if you need to move at all to make yourself comfortable, that you can do this. Please do it mindfully and with minimal disruption to other”.

Then, as you are reading Guided Meditations…

Make sure you are in a calm and peaceful state.  Pay attention to your own state, whilst people are settling themselves, lying down, etc.

First breathe slowly and deeply, into your stomach and let people hear these long breaths, so they will also naturally slow their own breathing. Don’t do this to excess

When you start your meditation, start it with the phrase:  “take two deep  breaths” – and take two yourself, slowly and audibly.

Breathe in, slowly, and only speak on the out-breath.  This may mean splitting sentences.  That’s fine.

Use your own voice (don’t try to make it low or hypnotic) just speak with your own voice, but slower.

Enjoy reading the meditation.  Take real pleasure in it.  Whilst you need to be more alert than the meditators, you too can start to visualize.

After reading Guided Meditations

Make sure you give clear instructions for them to get up off the floor “Roll over to your side and slowly sit up, in your own time”.

Now give a little more time for people to “come round”, gently.  Don’t rush this.  Take time, scan the room.

Once everyone is seated and alert again, it can be useful to discuss the meditation experience. Remember the likely concerns – “am I doing this right?” – this discussion can give new-time meditators an opportunity to discover that everyone is having similar experiences.  That other people had the same concerns, perhaps.  This discussion can help to identify the benefits of meditation and encourage people to take their learning further:

Ask questions like: “how was that for you?”” How are you feeling right now?” “What are you experiencing in your body now” What has changed for you”?

Laughter Training for business

Laughter Training for business

We offer a full service in Laughter Yoga training for business.  Our training is flexible and designed around your needs. It includes visiting your organisation to provide regular Laughter Yoga sessions right through to training your staff to provide your own Laughter sessions.

Our Laughter Yoga Training can be in-house or at an open course. We often run courses for both the Midlands and the South West.  Our partners also offer Laughter Yoga Training in the North West and North East. Please contact us for more information.

 

BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER IN BUSINESS

Laughter is a proven means of stress-release, it’s great for helping people to connect with others, and it can really take people out of their comfort zones.

Try Laughter Yoga for:
– stress management

-creativity training

-team away days

-dealing with change and learning curves

-supporting new teams

-re-energising old teams

-just doing something new, out of the ordinary, and fun.

OPEN LAUGHTER COURSES FOR COMPANIES

Please register your interest by emailing us or using our contact form, and we will let you know as soon as the Open Course is available in your area.

BESPOKE COURSE FOR YOUR ORGANISATION

Please contact us to discuss your requirements in full. We have an extensive fact-find in order to create the perfect Laughter Yoga course for your business

WANT TO HOST?

We can offer preferential rates for organisations that may wish to host an Open Course at their company.  In these situations, the course would still be open to people from outside the company, subject to your approval. Please contact us to discuss.

 

 

Laughter Yoga in Schools

Whether your pupils are 4 or 18, our Laughter Yoga in Schools service is centred around stress management and Laughter Yoga.  Laughter Yoga is an excellent addition to any school curriculum, offering support in learning,  as well as bringing greater confidence, self-esteem and resilience to pupils.

Make things happen and laugh!

Our Laughter in Schools offering, means we can create a bespoke and tailored approach to suit your school, whether you would like a laughter “taster session”, a one-day laughter event, or a full integration into your curriculum across the year.

Laughter can support pupils at all stages of their learning, and whilst it needs to be tailoredLaughter Yoga perspective and pencils to suit different ages and requirements, the principles are the same – using the beneficial psychology and physiology of Laughter training to bring about positive and deep-seated effects.

Choose from:

  • Laughter Yoga sessions in school
  • Laughter Yoga for assemblies and events
  • Laughter Yoga training for staff and parents
  • Laughter facilitation training for events and activities
  • Laughter Yoga products, including DVDs
  • Laughter Yoga CPD
  • Our activities and services in schools are not just in-school! We offer a selection of training and Laughter support, that can be used for parents, after-school and even holiday care.

Learn to be a Laughter Leader!

And – we are fully trained to train you! If YOU would like to deliver Laughter Yoga sessions in your school, then we can train and certify you officially to become a certified Laughter Yoga Leader, an internationally recognised certification with Laughter Yoga International.

Listen out for Laughter Yoga Radio 4…

Tim Vine Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga Radio 4 with Tim Vine

Sue Haswell recently lead an on-air Laughter Yoga Radio 4 session with Tim Vine at the Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, Devon with an audience of 600.  The session was recorded and will be played back on Radio 4 on the Tim Vine show.

We’ll post a link to the podcast as soon as it becomes available.

Tim Vine and Sue Haswell Laughter Yoga Radio 4Sue said: “Tim Vine is one of my favourite comedians so I was delighted when he came to our area to record a show for Radio 4.  I had a bit of a cold, but thought I would still put my name down as a potential guest… and then as my cold took effect throughout the evening, I was beginning to regret that decision.   Fortunately adrenalin really kicked in when I actually got invited on stage to talk about Laughter Yoga, and when I realised the PR opportunity I decided to offer Tim and the audience a quick Laughter Yoga session.

“I got fabulous feedback after the show, and a number of people asked to talk with me about using Laughter Yoga in their businesses and lives.

“This was a brilliant experience and I’m still buzzing after the show.  Proud to have promoted Laughter Yoga on the national stage via Radio 4.  The more people who know about the power of laughter the better.

Laughter yoga on the Radio – it’s no turkey farm (we hope!)

Laughter Yoga is both a visible and audible experience, and as so much Laughter Yoga has been on the TV, it will be interesting to notice how the experience evolves on radio.  Certainly in past audible recordings, I’ve heard a small group of laughter yogi’s described as “sounding like a turkey farm”, which was quite funny in iteself.  However this may be a very different sound with 600 people in the audience.

Looking forward to hearing the final broadcast, and hoping that Sue doesn’t sound too Brummy or bunged up, and that any Torquay turkeys weren’t too close to the microphones.

 

Tim Vine show link to series 1

Stress and Laughter – stressed out with “Circular Thinking”? Stop and have a laugh instead!

Woman stressed

Stress and Laughter aren’t opposites for no reason… you can hack stress with a little laughter.

I love using  Laughter Yoga to support creative thinking and training, help stress and laughter really is the best way.  Just recently I’ve been doing some training using laughter to support organisations with their stress-management, and I’ve been consistently impressed at the benefits that laughter offers… 

…one of these benefits is facilitating creative thinking in a stressful situation. Anyone who’s tried to be creative whilst stressed-out, may well have noticed that stress is not the most resourceful creative state to be in.  That’s because the logical left brain thinking that accompanies the feelings of stress and overwhelm, tends to focus purely on analytical processes.Woman stressed

We’ve all heard about the left and right sides of our brains – left for logic, right for creative.  And like most things in life, we need both sides to be functioning well to really maximise our results.   However being a stressful situation without any release can lead to circular thinking, with the problem and issue just going round and round in our minds as we seek a “logical” solution.  Of course, the solution doesn’t appear and this in itself can cause yet more stress and so the circle turns into a downward spiral.

Once this starts, the issue can often remain unresolved because it needs some creative input – but the log-jam of logical thought processes and stress simply won’t get out of the way to allow the right brain creativity to be heard.

Stop Stress and Laugh – use laughter when stressed out – it offers a release!

The benefit of using laughter at this point, is it offers a very real release from this analytical thinking/dwelling.  In short, it is impossible to be stressed and logical whilst you’re rolling on the floor in side-splitting laughter!

It is the physical activity of laughter that transmits a stress-release signal (endorphins) which finally quietens down our stressy logical thought process and allows us to access the creative right side of our brain and allow creative solutions to appear!

Not convinced?   Well you can evidence this yourself – after all how often do you just dwell on a problem and get nowhere, but as soon as you stop thinking about it, or move on to deal with something else, the solution pops into your mind?

Lighten up stress – use laughter to get out of a brain-spin

So next time you’re in a brain-spin, and desperately seeking a solution, try lightening up instead.  Take yourself out of the stressed situation – watch a funny YouTube clip, or enjoy a laugh with a friend on the phone, and allow yourself to become totally immersed in the humour of the moment. The aim here is to completely forget what you were worried about. Stress and laughter work on opposite sides of the brain (stress on the left, thinking side, and laughter on the right creative side) so stop stress with a laugh to give your creative right brain the respite to come up with the solution.  So have fun for as long as you can, and when you finally choose to return to the problem, chances are the answer will either pop up out of the blue, or the scale of the problem will seem to have shrunk to a more manageable size – and either way that’s a great result!

 

Prioritising to win at the game of life

Father and daughter enjoying life and laughter

I’ve just been watching an amazing video on TED (the usual source of all things inspiring!). This particular video, by Jane McGonigal, is called “The game that can give you 10 extra years of life”. In fact I loved it so much that I really don’t mind if you pootle over to it right now and watch it. Because what really matters is not where you get the information from – but that you “get” the information!

Now you may start off watching this video, and glance at the bottom of the screen where you can see the running time is 19 minutes! Ouch, that’s a chunk out of a working day! Suddenly you get thoughts

like “I can’t waste my time sitting around watching some woman talk about video games – I have so much work to do”. Well let me urge you to indulge yourself and watch on!

I promise something magical happens. Yes, you’ll get what she promises (spoiler alert!) but in addition, this little video is the sweetest, most subtle reminder of priorities that I’ve seen for some time. And let’s face it, we need reminding!

Father and daughter enjoying life and laughter

You see, whilst the government is experimenting on the economy, and making cuts to services and wages, and the media is bustling and bristling with indignation, fury and exposes, we’re constantly being fed a menu of “fear and urgency”. Of course it’s in the government and bankers’ favour to have us all running around trying to make as much money as possible… they get the tax from every £1 we earn, and the longer we earn it for (think delaying pensionable age). But is it in our own interest?

The stress and overload of work, or the stress of no-work simply cannot be a good thing. As McGonigal rightly points out, the lessons we learn from others on their deathbeds, quite literally, have never been “I should have worked more hours”…

Of course, there are complex reasons why we are all working so hard and so much. After all we didn’t get to be the 3rd out of 28, in the “longest hours worked in Europe league table” overnight. It’s evidently been in our systems for some time and it’s not likely to disappear quickly. But there are things we can do to help.

Feedback to your boss if you feel you have too much stress. If they don’t know about it, then they can’t help you. Remember if you accept additional work that is putting you under stress and strain, then you are colluding with the establishment and perpetrating the culture of “must work longer and harder”.

Enjoy your work. OK, for some of us that may sound like tough one, and I don’t mean to be flippant. So assuming that you cannot change or leave your job for whatever reason, at least there are measures that might help you even if you absolutely hate your work. Firstly dwell on the good bits. Moaning about the bad stuff just makes them seem even worse, whereas thinking about the positive bits (the pay, your nice colleague, the view from the window, the fact that you have a window!) can make work seem a lot more pleasant. Remember wherever your focus goes – grows!

Put on a cheerful face. There’s numerous studies that show that if you’re smiling and looking happy, you can trick yourself into believing you really are happy. Even a fake smile will do the job. Just grin and bear it!

Take every opportunity to laugh. Laughter is the ultimate in stress release and stress relief. Good hearty laughter for 15-20 minutes a day will help you release endorphins, reduce cortisol, improve your mood, enhance your self-esteem, improve your connectivity to others.

…. and it’s proven time and again, that people who are more smiley, positive and happy-looking are more likely to get the better jobs, as people would prefer to work with them.

And finally, take McGonigal’s advice, do all the things she suggests in her video – because you can, and because they are fun… But a word of warning before you start, please ask yourself what are you going to do with an extra ten years of life? I wonder how many people will think “when I retire, I’ll have an extra 10 years to enjoy life, spend time with friends and family, and play more”

And I’d like to ask – why wait? On exactly what date does that extra 10 years start? I’d suggest it should start TODAY!

Here’s the link to that video:  http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal

Life Chances. We need to act sooner for our teenagers.

Life Chances. We need to act sooner for our teenagers.

 

Recent surveys and news isn’t great for the youth of our nation, particularly for those who are teenagers now.  Isn’t it time then to be proactive and do the best we can to ensure that future teenagers are better ‘equipped’ from a younger age to deal with their life rather than sit back and wait for them to reach a crisis point?

Surveys and news…

  • 1 in 5 children has symptoms of depression according to a recent YouGov Survey (July 2013) and almost one third of 16 to 25 year olds has thought about or attempted suicide.

– For Secondary teachers that could be 6 of the Year 11’s in your class.

  • Some 34% of 2,300 16 to 25-year-olds with poor GCSE grades polled for The Prince’s Trust charity believed they would “end up on benefits”. (Source BBC News August 2013)

 

  • Children Society Data re well-being of 8 to 15 year olds (July 2013) cites that well-being is declining in early teenage years and that the low point is age 15.

There’s a relationship between well-being and longer term outcomes/life chances.  If we invest in the well-being of our children from an early age and continue this investment throughout their school career then we would hope that better life chances are within their reach.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have our spirits raised by some positive statistics?

Surely everyone who works with children and young people wants to try and positively impact their life chances.  We aim for everything, from experiences and opportunities to the relationships they develop to be the best for each and every one of them.  We want them to aspire to achieve their potential throughout their lives.  Whatever input we have in children’s teaching and learning at whatever stage needs to set them up for life as it happens now and for the future.  This has to be recognised as a shared responsibility between all settings.  It is essential for us all to understand and respond to the needs of the whole child.  Education needs to stop being driven by academic standards alone.

SEAL

Many primary schools use the *SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) learning and teaching framework to develop all children’s social, emotional and behavioural skills.  This resource has 5 broad aspects – self awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.  For any social, emotional and behavioural learning and teaching framework to be successful it needs to involve the whole setting/community.  Our settings need to have good role models if we are to positively influence the social, emotional and behaviour choices our children make.  This is sure to help them achieve better outcomes in the here and now, and in the longer term.

We regularly hear in the news or have first-hand experience of children who are growing up in difficult circumstances, possibly in complicated families with strained relationships.  Family breakdowns are occurring at very young ages for some of our children and they need support to understand and express their emotions.  Building up emotional resilience is tough for adults let alone young children.  It is ever more important that we help them to develop their social, emotional and behavioural skills if they are to thrive.

**Nef’s  (new economics foundation) 5 Ways to Well-being for adults are connect, be active, take notice, keep learning, creativity & play and give.  Those in bold text have been found by the Children’s Society in their Good Childhood Report 2013 to be relevant for children.  If we embrace these daily with children then they’ll develop good habits, growing up and maturing to be mentally and physically healthy.  This is sure to impact their life chances.

Remember that relationship between well-being and life chances?  Everyone’s life chances are affected by levels of self-esteem, self-confidence, perseverance, resilience, morale and relationships.  Let’s use well-being initiatives for our children to grow these skills from a young age so that they’ll have a more positive outlook ahead of them.

 

*These social and emotional aspects of learning can be found in the Primary National Strategy’s core professional development materials Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years (DfES 0518-2004-G). The SEAL curriculum resource provides additional support for schools that are using this learning and teaching framework. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151715/https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/SEAL%20Guidance%202005.pdf

 

** http://www.neweconomics.org/search?q=well+being&submit-btn=%E2%96%B6

Why are Dutch children the happiest in the world?

What is it that makes Dutch children the happiest in the world?

That’s what we all want to know following the announcement in April 2013!  This was the finding in ‘The Child Well-Being in Rich Countries: A Comparative Overview’ by UNICEF, which included children up to age 19.  The 2013 report analyses figures from the years 2009 to 2010.  It’s the second report of its kind, the previous one being in 2007 where Dutch children were at the top.  http://www.unicef.org.uk/Images/Campaigns/FINAL_RC11-ENG-LORES-fnl2.pdf

The study measures development according to five dimensions of children’s lives – material well-being, health and safety, education, behaviour and risks, and housing and environment.

Top 20 rankings of well-being of children in developed countries

1. Netherlands

2. Norway

3. Iceland

4. Finland

5. Sweden

6. Germany

7. Luxembourg

8. Switzerland

9. Belgium

10. Ireland

11. Denmark

12. Slovenia

13. France

14. Czech Republic

15. Portugal

16. United Kingdom

17. Canada

18. Austria

19. Spain

20. Hungary

 

The Netherlands is the only country that ranked in the top 5 for all of the five dimensions of child well-being.

When well-being was evaluated by its children, 95% of them rated their own lives above the mid-point of the Life Satisfaction Scale.  A far higher percentage than children in any of the other countries.

It is thought that the reasons for their happiness stem from…

  • The Netherlands being a small affluent country, very democratic and free.
  • Good relationships with parents.  Dutch parents, when compared to parents in other countries have a more relaxed attitude so ‘problems’ appear as less of an issue or problem for them.
  • A tendency for mothers with young children to raise them.  The percentage of mothers with young children in the labour force is significantly lower than in other comparable countries.  Many mothers take a long time off work after their children are born.  Because of this Dutch children grow up in a highly protective and positive caring environment.
  • A very good education system.  Less pressure being put on children at school.

This freedom and education is believed to be what leads Dutch children and parents to make the right choices.  Could this be why their children to continue to be the HAPPIEST in the World?

Laughter Yoga and Well-being (CLANG!)

We believe Laughter is firmly part of a great well-being process! We’ll explain why and how later, but first let’s look at the 5 ways to Well-Being.*   Here’s some great information from NEF (New Economics Foundation)

CLANG!

1. Connect…

With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

2. keep Learning…

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

3. be Active…

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

4. take Notice…

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

5. Give …

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

 

(Taken from the booklet ‘Taking Steps towards Living Well – A Personal Guide to the 5 Ways to well-Being’ a Devon Partnership NHS Trust initiative) http://www.devonpartnership.nhs.uk/fileadmin/user_upload/publications/zoln/5_ways_self_help_booklet_read_version.pdf

 

Why Laughter Yoga is at the heart of these 5 ways to Well-Being….

 

  • Laughter Yoga is a group activity.  Being with laughing people and experiencing their laughter makes it easier for you to laugh.  Laughter Yoga sessions give you opportunities to effortlessly Connect with others.
  • Laughter Yoga might be the something new for you to try out so that you keep Learning.  It’ll certainly be fun and may lead you to even more new learning opportunities.
  • By doing Laughter Yoga you’re being Active.  It’s a good aerobic exercise providing a mid-body workout.  Did you know that the aerobic benefit of 1 minute of hearty laughing (deep belly laughing from the depths of your diaphragm) is equivalent to 10 minutes of rowing or jogging?
  • LY sessions are all about you taking Notice – letting go and responding to your feelings.  Laughter exercises can help you to reflect on experiences and learn from them.  Laughter meditation opens up the layers of your subconscious mind with laughter flowing spontaneously and effortlessly.  Relaxation exercises focus your mind and remind you about the greatness of you, your body and the world around you.
  • At every session you are Giving to those around you – establishing eye contact, smiling and laughing and positively affirming each other as a group by chanting and clapping ‘very good, very good, YAY!’  If you share your laughter yoga skills and experiences with those outside of your group then you’re giving again.

We think you’ll agree that Laughter Yoga ticks all the well-being boxes!

 Laugh and CLANG!

*The ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ were developed as evidence-based mental health promotion messages

by the new economics foundation at the request of the Government’s Department of Science for

the Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project (2008) www.neweconomics.org