Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Health Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Laughter is a highly effective therapy, which works on the physical body, emotions, mind and spirit. Listed below are important points and below the points is more information.

  • Improved creativity, as natural inspirations will flow
  • Increased light heartedness, smiling and laughing
  • Reduces stress and releases endorphins into bloodstream
  • Reduces depression.  Laughter is cathartic, releasing negative emotions
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improved breathing and blood circulation from aerobic exercise
  • Heart connection with other people happening naturally
  • Endorphins released into bloodstream
  • Muscles – stimulates and releases muscle tension
  • Laughter promotes and enriches brain function
  • A good massage for the internal organs – it’s called internal jogging
  • Greater sense of well being

Laughter is free, anyone can do it and the more you do, the better you will feel. Have you noticed how freely our children laugh? Statistically, children laugh between 300 and 400 times a day, as compared with adults 15 – 17 times a day. Laughter has never been more important than it is now because as we grow older, we become serious and lose the beneficial habit of frequent laughter. Laughter gives an immediate release of tension and uplifts the spirits. With regular laughter comes the ability to renew one’s sense of humour and be back in touch with the playfulness of your inner child.

It brings with it increased feelings of joy and we need to be prepared to get out of our comfort zone, to give ourselves permission to be silly and embrace child-like play again. Forget our issues and challenges, allow it to flow, the being silly and spontaneous once again. Come out of that straight jacket and discover a part of you that may have been absent a long while. Learn to laugh again, let go those inhibitions.

What it is, what it does

Laughter is an aerobic exercise and research shows that 100 laughs equals 10 minutes on a rowing machine. It gives your internal organs a massage. Deeper breathing oxygenates the blood. Laughter strengthens the immune system, releases feel good endorphins, lowers blood pressure and it also brings people together. Laughter helps to open our hearts and we feel connected firstly with each other, then with our own beingness.

Because the subconscious mind does not recognise the difference between fake laughter and real laughter, when we attend a laughter session, to begin with when we are new, we start out with pretend laughter. It usually turns quickly into deep belly laughter, however that depends a lot on you conditioning, how easy it is to let yourself go and become deeply involved. Obviously the more you throw yourselves into it, the greater the benefit you will receive.