Laughter Yoga

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 over a prolonged period of 10-15 minutes using deep diaphragmatic breathing has been scientifically proven to induce a wide range of health benefits. Whether you laugh genuinely or do simulated laughter your body cannot tell the difference with the health benefits being exactly the same.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

  • support optimal concentration and focus

  • increase productivity and performance

Liz presenting Laughter Yoga at the Basingstoke & District Disability Forum. Photo by D&M photography

 

 

This is achieved in groups through simple  playful laughter exercises,  using eye contact and movement You are advised to wear comfortable clothing and bring water as laughter can be thirsty work. We follow the laughter with relaxation which can be done lying down on a mat or sitting in a chair as suits.

DATES

Laughter Yoga classes are now available in Basingstoke. Sessions are:

– each Wednesday at 1.40pm in Viables Craft Centre (60 minutes, FREE but small donations are welcome)

 

 

References:

Dolgoff-Kaspar, R; Baldwin, A; Johnson, MS; Edling, N; Sethi, GK (2013-03-25). “Effect of laughter yoga on mood and heart rate variability in patients awaiting organ transplantation: a pilot study”. Altern Ther Health Med18: 61–6

Shahidi, M; Mojtahed, A; Modabbernia, A; Mojtahed, M; Shafiabady, A; Delavar, A; Honari, H. “Laughter yoga versus group exercise program in elderly depressed women: a randomized controlled trial”. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry26: 322–7

Liz is registered with Laughter Association UK and has Professional Indemnity insurance. Please consult your doctor before engaging in any activity.