Laughter is a delightful well-being practice for people of all ages!
Laughter practice (also known as Laughter Yoga) embraces laughing for no reason with child-like play. It stimulates a flood of positive health effects.
Using laughter exercises and yogic-like breathing, laughter practice doses your brain and body with oxygen, endorphins and energy.
It’s said our brains don’t know the difference between real and fake laughter - producing the same psychological and physiological effects when done willingly. One doesn’t need to have a sense of humour to embrace the power of laughter.
Laughter practice is held in a safe space. Eye contact and light physical exercises stimulate laughter, and often lead to real, hearty and contagious belly laughs.
What is laughter practice?
Gentle warm-up techniques are used to get started. We stretch, chant, clap, breath and move our bodies to break down inhibitions and develop child-like play.
A series of laughter exercises, combining play-acting and visualisation, taps deeper into belly laughter.
Laughter meditation finishes the session. Unstructured laughter, sitting or lying, allows natural laughter to flow. This is a powerful experience, which can lead to healthy catharsis, feeling joyful and relaxed.
Known benefits of laughter practice include:
Regular laughter practice develops a positive mental attitude, supporting people through challenging times. The inner spirit of laughter develops an ability to stay alive and in a positive mental state.
Laughter develops forgiveness, generosity, compassion, trust and goodwill. It is valuable in team building and community connection.
There are some contraindications and health challenges to be mindful about for laughter practice, including:
Laughter practice is like any other aerobic exercise. Should you experience any discomfort, please discontinue and seek medical advice.
Beaming Laughter Sessions with Erin
Erin learnt to lead laughter in Ubud, Bali in 2014 - passed down through the lineage of Dr Madan Kataria.
So come, join the merriment! Develop your laughter muscles to live lighter, happier and with more play.