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So What’s Everybody Laughing About?

ENTON, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) – It looks like an ordinary yoga class. Contemplative. Disciplined. Serious. So what’s everybody laughing about? Would you believe, nothing? It’s called “laughter yoga” – exercise for the funny bone.

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News: Australians Say We Love Laughter Yoga!

Sydney, Australia:  I walked into my first laughter yoga class expecting to see a hippie in a tie dyed shirt and leggings. I did not expect my yoga teacher to be a lawyer. And I certainly didn’t expect to be rolling around on the floor laughing with a bunch of people I’d never met before. But that’s exactly what happened.

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News: Laughter Yoga promotes good health practices

It doesn’t take long for laughter to break out when Dave Russell starts speaking. In fact, he encourages it. Russell is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor who likes to get right to the point. “Laughter is contagious and we’re trying to start an epidemic,” he says.

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News: Healing Power Found in Laughter Yoga

Whitney Munro did not think that as a fitness specialist and mother she had to take a class just to learn how to laugh. But she signed up for laughter yoga class and second-guessed herself all the way to the American School of Laughter Yoga in Chicago. Two days later, she returned home exhilarated, eager and certified to teach laughter therapy to the seniors she helps at Fairview senior living community in Downers Grove, Illinois.
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News: Laughter Yoga On Long Island, Where Students Crack Up To Calm Down

As you meander down the long, quiet corridors of the Great Neck Adult Education Center, you’re reminded of the sounds and smells of elementary school. The muted voices and shuffling of feet that echo down a narrow hall, the arid scent of stale books and wooden furniture. Then you hear laughing. A lot of laughing. Deep, cackling, hysterical laughing. Suddenly, it ceases, and a chant begins. “Ho, ho, ha ha ha,” go the voices, like witches practicing a spell, clapping in unison with each syllable uttered. “Ho, ho, ha ha ha.”
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News: (Chicago Tribune Top Health Story) Healing power found in Laughter Yoga

Whitney Munro did not think that as a fitness specialist and mother she had to take a class just to learn how to laugh. But she signed up for laughter yoga class and second-guessed herself all the way to the American School of Laughter Yoga in Chicago. Two days later, she returned home exhilarated, eager and certified to teach laughter therapy to the seniors she helps at Fairview senior living community in Downers Grove.
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Cyprus Mail (Cyprus) on Laughter Yoga: fun and very easy too!

Real laughter is easier to ‘go with’ than simulated laughter, and takes less effort to maintain. So laughter yoga was structured with warm-ups like clapping with aligned palms to stimulate acupressure points and simple chanting and exhalations to get the session going and help release tensions. There’s also some really simple stretching, but not much of it, and it is all very, very easy. This is not some high-powered hatha-yoga class which is impossibly difficult and takes years to actually attain enough flexibility to be any good at.
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