March 17, 2013

Let Go and Laugh

When you start laughing, your chemistry changes, your physiology changes, your chances to experience happiness are much greater. Hasya Yoga (Laughter Yoga) is a form of yoga based on cultivating your childlike playfulness; all of us have a child inside us wanting to laugh and play. Laughter Yoga relieves stress, boosts immunity, fights depression, and eventually makes people into more positive thinkers.

The big question is: How do you laugh when nothing's funny? Just open your mouth into a wide smile and force the breath out. You may feel silly at first, but when you're in a community of laughing yogis, the make-believe version often transforms into the real thing!

A typical Laughter Yoga session involves some warm-up clapping and chanting ("ho, ho, ha, ha, ha"), 15 to 20 minutes of laughter exercises interspersed with deep breathing, and then 15 to 20 minutes of laughter meditation.


IN THIS ISSUE

What's So Funny?

http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/298

The Laughter Cure

http://www.yogajournal.com/health/2533


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