Laughter yoga is not like other forms of yoga. Laughter yoga, also called Hasyayoga, is all about the practice of prolonged voluntary laughter. Such laughter has been shown to induce similar health benefits as spontaneous laughter. This is practiced in small groups and is great fun for all!
Laughter yoga has been shown to:
elevate mood and energy
improve the cardiovascular system
support a healthy immune system
reduce stress hormones
This is achieved through simple laughter and playfulness exercises. You are advised to wear comfortable clothing and bring water.
Laughter Yoga classes are now available in Basingstoke. Sessions are each Wednesday at 1.40pm in Viables Craft Centre. Each session lasts 75 minutes and costs £3.
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