Laughter makes 43 muscles to stretch and makes 640 muscles relaxed. That’s what laughter yoga is all about! It is medicine against stress and depression. As 75% off illness are due to stress and anxiety, the need of laughter yoga was much felt by Dr. Madan Kataria back in 1995. Having started with five participants, now he is spreading laughter in whole world: 10,000 laughter clubs in 76 countries!
What Exactly Laughter Yoga Is?
According to Dr. Madan, “It is a way of keeping fit and healthy while having fun. It is a combination of deep yogic breathing and playful laughter exercises practiced in groups. One can make eye contact and connects with sense of child like fun.” It upholds that laughter is based upon one’s own will to laugh and feel the inner joy. Not only at individual but also in organizations laughter yoga is widely accepted and implemented. It improves work environment, makes interaction more healthy and friendly, thus, reducing the ratio of absenteeism among staff.
Why Laughter Yoga is Necessary?
Laughter reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and brightens up the mood. When you laugh, your immune system boosts up and pain diminishes. Laughter Yoga improves emotional health, relationships and strengthens physical fitness and reduces psychological illness.
Keep reading why?
1. It Relaxes Entire Body:
Laughter Yoga exercises-clapping and yogic breathing- are devised in way that it makes stressed muscles relaxed. Your entire body feels lighter and relaxed.
2. It Stimulates Blood Circulation and Respiration:
During laughter, the process of inhaling and exhaling occurs. On one hand, oxygen is inhaled and carbon dioxide is exhaled. This process gives oxygen to blood, and increases blood circulation, hence, strengthening you heart and lungs.
3. Boosted Immune System:
Research by Linda Loma Medical Centre, Indiana State University and the National Cancer Centre in California found that when you laugh, the immune system is boosted by up to 40%.
4. Strengthens Heart:
Increased blood flow improves functions of blood vessels which decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
5. The Stress Fighters: Endorphins:
Endorphins are brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These are natural pain and stress fighters. When you laugh, brain transmits endorphins that minimize stress and feeling of pain.
6. Burns Calories:
Good news!! Research says that if you laugh for 10-15 minutes a day, you can lose 40 calories. You must try it!
7. Releases Anxiety and Depression:
This is self explanatory! With the help of Laughter Yoga, you divert your attention towards lighter side of life and forget the source of anxiety and depression.
8. Strengthens Relationships:
Disagreements, resentments or hurt in relationships can easily be removed with the help of humor. Positive and good mood always strengthens relationships.
9. Reduces Loneliness:
Group activities help you socialize and make new friends. Thus, it reduces loneliness at a great level.
10. Creates Positivity:
Laughter adds happiness and positivity in life. Programs in Laughter Yoga like Yogic breathing, Breathing awareness, relaxation, personal energy awareness and positive psychology makes your life more positive and well balanced.
Feeling tempted after reading this?
If you are going through rough phase of life, we recommend you to try Laughter Yoga once, and feel the difference!!!
Article from Impact International, specialising in organisational development solutions, to help people work more effectively together.