Laughter Yoga

Definition - What does Laughter Yoga mean?

Laughter yoga is a type of yoga that involves laughing voluntarily for a prolonged period of time. The laughter does not have to be for any humorous reason, as long as the yogi performs the actions of laughing.

Those who think Laughter yoga is a beneficial physical practice, believe that the human physiological system cannot distinguish between spontaneous and voluntary laughter and, as such, Laughter yoga brings about all the physical and mental benefits of “real” laughter. In particular, it may lead to elevated mood and playfulness.

Yogapedia explains Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga is typically performed in groups. Yogis may begin with gentle stretching warm up exercises, and perhaps clapping or chanting. They may make eye contact and communicate with each other to reduce inhibitions, then, breathing exercises are often used to prepare the respiratory system for laughing before the laughter exercises are performed. These may include visualization techniques or acting. Often, voluntary laughter leads to natural or contagious laughter. It is said that 20 minutes of laughter is enough to feel the full benefits of the practice.

Laughter yoga is said to be good for anyone who wants to bring more joy, playfulness and sociability into their life. It is also claimed to help the body and mind feel more energized and healthy. Some studies suggest that laughter lowers stress hormone levels and may improve tolerance of pain. Yogis may leave their session feeling uplifted and peaceful.

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