Laughter Yoga (also called Hasya
Yoga) is a fun form of exercise that strengthens the immune
system, unwinds the negative effects of stress, lowers blood
pressure, improves mental alertness, enhances blood oxygen
levels, boosts circulation (good cardio-vascular effects) and
makes you feel good in the here and now by lifting your
You do not need to have any
previous experience, equipment or a particular form of clothing
to practice. There are no contortions or fancy movements. There
is no joke-telling. You do not need to be happy or even have a
sense of humor! Come join in on the fun.
"Laughter Yoga combines
laughter with yogic breathing exercises. It is a perfect way to
laugh and get exercise at the same time. It approaches laughter
as a body exercise so it's easy to laugh even if you're
depressed or in a bad mood. I've tried it, and it works."
Here is Dr. Kataria explaining
The vision of the Laughter Yoga
is to actually to achieve Health, Joy and World Peace through
Laughter........and we just want to do our part!
There is more information about laughter yoga at these terrific
Laughter Clubs are based on the
teachings of Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India
who started the first laughter club in 1995. Then Sebastien
Gendry brought the concept to the U.S. when he founded the
American School of Laughter in 2004. There are now more than
8,000 laughter yoga clubs in 85 countries.
Laughter Clubs are very informal
and there is no obligation to attend every session. Typically
during a session there is a series of laughter exercises and
deep breathing followed by a laughter meditation. The sessions
are never quite the same since there are thousands of laughter
exercises and we can always invent more!
Laughter Clubs promote fun,
laughter, peace and friendship in the community.