About Laughter Yoga

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You’ve heard the saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’. It’s true!

In 1995, Indian physician Dr Madan Kataria put two and two together – yogic breathing and laughter – and realised bountiful health benefits.

He developed a most joyous exercise program and complementary health therapy, Laughter Yoga (also known as Hasya yoga) that has since spread to about 105 countries worldwide.

Laughter Yoga revolves around simulated laughter.

You don’t have to be funny.

You don’t have to be happy.

Our bodies, amazingly complex and clever creations that they are, can’t discern the difference between simulated or real laughter. The mechanics are the same—and so is the release of those happy feel-good hormones.

Before you realise it, you are genuinely laughing because you feel so good!

Listen to ABC Radio interview Heather Joy about Laughter Yoga.

Seriously, it’s the most fun way of pursuing wellbeing.

What’s involved in a laughter yoga session?

The Happydemic’s laughter yoga sessions begin with a warm-up incorporating gentle stretching, clapping, swaying and some grounding chants: “Very good, very good, YAY” and “Hoho, hahaha, hoho, hahaha, hoho hahaha, heeheeheeheehee!”  These actions ease participants into playfulness.

The session then moves onto a series of ‘laughter exercises’ interspersed with breathing exercises.

It has been scientifically proven that 20 minutes of laughter reaps real physiological benefits.

Throughout the session, eye contact is maintained with others in the group.

Sometimes sessions conclude with affirmations. Sometimes ‘laughter meditation’ rounds off a session. ‘Laughter meditation’ is a wonderfully powerful, cathartic, explosion of joy.

What can I expect to get out of laughter yoga?

Our promise!

Spreading wellness through laughter, seriously!

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Fact!

It has been scientifically proven that 20 minutes of laughter reaps real physiological benefits.

Testimonial

"Heather Joy’s laughter yoga session was the most fun I’ve had at work in a long time! It was great to do it as a group – a team building exercise in itself. I definitely got a dose of therapy and endorphins, a workout for my lungs, and came away with a new tool to de-stress at the end of a day."

- Suzie Christiansen, CEO, Anglicare Central Queensland, October 2016

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