"The idea is to laugh unconditionally like a child as the body doesn’t know the difference yet it can reap the benefits thereof. While initializing laughter as a physical activity, it is important to promote childlike play and eye contact as laughter can be very contagious.
A laughter yoga session may end with a laughter meditation and release of emotions that segues into relaxation exercises. The result is a healthy emotional catharsis that is likely to increase joy and happiness.
Children laugh 300 to 400 times a day while adults only laugh 10 to 15 times a day. Adults use their cognitive ability to laugh and the laughter is conditional. Children, on the other hand, use their bodies for laughter. We are reminded that we adults are capable of accessing laughter when we willfully use our bodies and actively participate in humorous activities. Whatever the source may be, laughter leads to the same positive physiological changes in the body. As the saying goes, we don’t laugh because we are happy; we are happy because we laugh. Laughter and stress are physiological opposites.
Laughter yoga is a fun and easy way to relieve stress in the body and the health benefits abound. Laughter is great for wellness, it’s a great cardio workout, it is therapeutic, an immunity booster, it helps circulates oxygen in the body and it reduces anxiety and depression.
Is it any wonder that laugher yoga is growing in workplaces? Laugher yoga is great for team building, stress management and for increasing productivity.
Although laughter comes more naturally to children, today they are faced with academic pressure, too much technology time and reduced emotional bonding. Laughter yoga is inexpensive, easy and downright fun. Additionally, it increases academic performance and emotional intelligence, it boosts immunity, enhances creativity and helps develop self-confidence.
Laughter naturally releases endorphins and oxytocin. When we all feel better, everybody wins!"