I have always aspired to be a yoga person, but since my new year’s resolution was to stop doing things that I hate to do because I believe they will pay off one day, I had finally crossed yoga off of my to-do list.

And just like the boy who finally told me he loved me the second I let go of him — yoga showed up for me the second I let go of it, in the form of Laughter Yoga.

by Mary Regency Boies, HuffPost’s Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit
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Any kind of yoga where you are encouraged to laugh your head off in other people’s faces while “practicing” (sort of like I always wanted to) is my kind of yoga.

I am not a yoga person, which is why I need yoga. Too bad my best efforts to exercise my willpower long enough to attend a yoga class have culminated in trips to the bodega (formerly trips to the bar) to reward myself on my way home, undoing my efforts and then some. Yoga does not come naturally to me. I am not flexible, I cannot relax regardless of how many deep breaths I enlist to sooth me, nor do I feel at one with the concept of spandex yoga attire at the moment.

So Wednesday night, I attended a Laughing Yoga event, held in the sufficiently accommodating reception area of Vishwa Prakash’s midtown textile office. It is there he shares the teachings of his guru, and Laughing Yoga’s founder, Bombay based Dr. Madon Katana. Prakash conducts the weekly two-hour yoga events from his midtown office, at no cost to the participants because of his own dedication to laughter yoga and for the “contribution it makes to humanity.”


Laughter Yoga eliminated the need for my list of considerations that ran in other yoga classes: Am I misinterpreting this? Am I being open minded? Am I doing this correctly? Is my arm spine in effective alignment? Is this working? What is wrong with me that I do not like this? Do my arms looks fat?

There really wasn’t much room for that. It was too simple and too playful. All you had to do was laugh. It freed up a lot of potential within me to relax and therefore be more open to connect to myself and to the others. If just a little bit.