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Laughing Yoga health and other benefits no laughing matter!

December 7, 2009

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Imagine laughing until your stomach muscles hurt. Now imagine the last time you had a real belly laugh and how refreshed you felt afterward. There is a lot of research showing that laughter really is good medicine. in the 1960s Norman Cousins the journalist wrote a book about coming back from near death in his “Anatomy of an Illness” and credits laughter with having helped save his life. Laughter feeds every cell in your body with more oxygen, lowers your blood sugar, can help you feel less pain, increases your blood flow to organs, and when two people laugh together it creates a feeling of connection that texting will never equal!

Started in the 1990s by an Indian physician, Laughing Yoga now boasts a million practitioners in India alone who meet in laughter clubs every morning and….laugh. There are about 400 laughter clubs in the US and some 8,000 worldwide. Participation does not require a sense of humor or even an appreciation of humor though these are obviously good things to have in general. Whether you are laughing because something seems funny or you are simply laughing mechanically, the benefits of laughing are the same. Laughter is not a solution though it definitely has preventive qualities. It is however going to get many people 50% of the way towards a solution.

Laughing Yoga is not silly. It is playful. It is not childish. It is childlike in its simplicity. It is not funny. It is fun. It operates from the idea that where your body goes your mind will follow.

One woman offers a yoga laughing club experience via skype and you can sign up and laugh once a week with other people for 10 minutes and see them via their web cam and they you. Watch the video below – give it some time before you conclude it’s stupid.

Broome Community College will have its own Laughter Yoga club for students and staff sometime in the next 4 months. We need laughers. We’d like to have 10 or so and so far have 5 people. Interested? Email me hibbard_d@sunybroome.edu or call 778-5210 and let me know times that are best for you and I’ll give you more information.

Want more? Check out this mp3 laughing babies!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. joe permalink
    December 16, 2009 1:49 pm

    When’s the laughing yoga thing and where? I like your blog a lot!

    • bloggingbyandfornewbies permalink*
      January 4, 2010 11:32 am

      Sometime in February – probably during a common hour – stay tuned for more details!

  2. viewpacific permalink
    March 26, 2010 10:46 am

    Great post! I’ve enjoyed Laughter Yoga many times and it just gets better and better. The first time, I was watching the leader, expecting them to start telling jokes like a stand-up comedian. It wasn’t like that at all. Before I even knew how it happened, I and everyone else there was simply laughing and giggling and snorting and guffawing and chortling and … well, enjoying ourselves.
    We have several groups around North County San Diego in Encinitas and Carlsbad and they’re a hoot!

    • Lynn permalink
      January 11, 2011 1:29 pm

      I think every campus in America should have Laughing Yoga. Students are plenty stressed and enjoy an opportunity to let off steam and really laugh. I make sure to include a lot of laughing in the public speaking classes I teach, and the students are far more relaxed and far less afraid of giving presentations to people they’ve shared a laugh with.

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