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5 great news articles that can make your day

I wish I had time to blog and expand on this, and I don’t.

Here are 5 great articles in this week’s news about Laughter Yoga:

  • “Laughter” yoga no joke. This one comes from Florida and has a video.  Teacher Pat Conklin takes laughter seriously. “I’d forgotten how to laugh, pretty much forgotten how to laugh.” She used to be a stressed out grant writer dealing with chronic pain and depression. “Laughter Yoga took me out of that deep dark place, to a much more hopeful, positive, optimistic place and it brought joy back into my life.”
  • For heart transplantee, laughter is best medicine. Linda Levier is 70. She had a heart transplant 7 years ago. She attributes her miraculous recovery in great part to Laughter Yoga.
  • Laughter-yoga classes touted as calming aid for mind, body. This one is from Columbus, Ohio. Here is a gist: “It’s like an endorphin cocktail for me,” said Spirit Sky, 64. “I feel refreshed and so much lighter.”
  • The pursuit of happiness. This is about “DIY Happiness”, a series of eight workshops for 320 women from different 20 boroughs of London, England. When it comes to promoting wellbeing and mental health, a holistic approach can often be more beneficial than ‘treating’ individuals.
  • Laughter therapy is no joke. Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was on the right track. The nurses and caregivers at the Matlosana Hospice and Khaya Tshepo Paediatric Palliative, a day-care centre in Klerksdorp (South Africa), cannot start the day without a big belly laugh. “We have seen tremendous change in many caregivers who do the laughter [therapy]. Unlike the others, it is immediate, it works much faster to create a dramatic increase in happiness, and it is the caregivers themselves who run it,” Jaffer said.

Latest Laughter Yoga News

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News: NBC29 (Virginia) reports on Laughter Yoga

They say laughter is the best medicine. Combine that with the health benefits of yoga and you have a unique form of exercise that is no laughing matter. An exercise studio in Charlottesville’s ACAC Fitness Center (Virginia) was transformed into a laugh factory Friday.

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Too much laughter = excess heart chi?

…Smiling is energetically very different from laughing. “Laughter is the best medicine” the saying goes, and laughing certainly releases tension and is good for the body in a number of different ways. According to Chinese medicine, if someone laughs too frequently or too loudly they may have excess heart chi and are unconsciously trying to release it. Laughter is more of belly centered emotional release than smiling.

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Way of the Inner Smile: does nothing, yet leaves nothing undone

I would encourage you to get the free Qigong eBook “Way of the Inner Smile” from http://www.healingdao.com/ (see top left of the page. You have to subscribe to their newsletter to get it). Very interesting. Here is a very short excerpt:

[…] The Tao sages in China are usually depicted as smiling. This is an Inner Smile, suggesting that no matter how bad the worldly burden becomes, the Tao within their inner heart will remain an eternal source of smiling joy. […] […] Smiling is energetically very different from laughing. “Laughter is the best medicine” the saying goes, and laughing certainly releases tension and is good for the body in a number of different ways. According to Chinese medicine, if someone laughs too frequently or too loudly they may have excess heart chi and are unconsciously trying to release it. Laughter is more of belly centered emotional release than smiling.

Smiling is more subtle than laughter, a more inward and more sustainable experience. Someone who smiles continuously is not considered in excess, assuming it is not a “phony” outer smile. Smiling is less about emotions, which are our response to outer life events, and more about subtle feeling. Inner Smiling cultivates this feeling to a high level, focusing on the spiritual joy that arises from our inner soul and radiates out as subtle presence.

Thanks to ancient Tao masters passing down their tradition for thousands of years, we now know the secret of the Inner Smile is hidden within our inner heart. The inner heart is not the physical heart, and it is not the emotional or feeling heart. There is a “third heart”, just as there is a “third eye”. This inner heart is a portal to direct experience of what is called “soul”, a concept in the West that has successfully eluded all definition.

The ancient enlightened masters gave us a very specific map of the Inner Smile’s pathway within our body. It arises like a wave from the inner ocean of our unknown and unborn self. Before it gently splashes onto the beach of the outer world, it passes through many subtle layers of body-mind consciousness that they mapped out in great detail. […]