In 1995 five people gathered in a park in Mumbai, India with Dr. Madan Kataria and his wife Madhuri Kataria, a yoga teacher, to laugh. Today there are thousands of Laughter Yoga clubs around the world.
Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises and yoga breathing. This brings more oxygen to the body and brain. Studies have shown that the brain does not know the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. As one the four elements of Joy (Dancing, Singing, Child-like Play, Laughing), Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.
Participants are invited to come with a willingness to practice. It can feel odd at first, but with time the benefits become obvious. This is largely a sitting practice, although there may be times when standing with movement or dance is appropriate. Wear comfortable clothing, have a glass of water nearby, and space for arm movements. To add to the benefits of the group practice, cameras are encouraged to be on. Instructions around Mic use will be within the session depending on the exercise.
Laughter Yoga is like any other aerobic exercise and all the conditions apply as that of any aerobic activity. Should you experience any pain, discomfort, and breathlessness, you must discontinue Laughter Yoga and take medical advice. If you are living with a condition and are unsure if sustained laughter or deep breathing is contraindicated, please seek medical advice. For more information on Laughter Yoga https://laughteryoga.org/