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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Laughter Yoga - Laugh Away Your Stress and Enhance Your Immune System

Aloha Everyone,

A good belly laugh can help people suffering from chronic pain.  Laughter from the heart activates the release of endorphins and relieves muscular tension which leads to increased tolerance to pain and depression. 


Standing position

Clap your hands - make sure your fingers and thumbs are also in contact

Count “one, two, one two three” rhythmic clapping

Now begin chanting mantra, “ho, ho, ha, ha, ha” as you clap faster and faster

In laughter yoga we acknowledge our joy and happiness by clapping hands

Begin by faking your laughter, your body cannot distinguish if the laughter is real or fake

As you inhale bring stretch your arms above your head

Shake your fingers and look up

Say, “hold it, hold it, hold it” silently as you hold your breath

Exhale, laughing loudly, bend your body bring your arms towards the floor

Total recommended time: - 10 to 20 minutes each session


Gives a good work out to the muscles of your face, diaphragm and abdomen

Oxygenates your blood

Calms and helps you be at peace in stressful situations

Relaxes your physical body

Helps you clear your mind

Helps you switch negative response and thoughts with positive response and thoughts

Boosts immune system

Increases your heart rate

Decreases in blood sugar levels

Promotes better sleep

Boosts your energy

Helps you burn calories

Brings greater happiness

Helps you connect with people

Laughter is contagious.  Happy, smiling face shows others you are kind and compassionate.  So bring more laughter into your life and help others around you to laugh more.

Namaste – Cathi
Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India also known as the Guru of Giggling in 1995, he published an article called Laughter - The Best Medicine.  Laughter Yoga has become an international movement that promotes laughter as a cure for physical, psychological or spiritual ailments.

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