“It’s positively the silliest thing I’ve ever seen,” says Cia Campbell who works for a lawn care and carpet cleaning company and designs advertisements for a department store. Still, he is convinced that laughing as a form of exercise, even if nothing’s funny, is a great idea.
Funny stuff isn’t the point. Laughter yoga is serious business.
“That’s one of the things we emphasize,” serious laughter proponent Ellen Mercer said. “We say, ‘Don’t even try to be or look funny.’ We don’t engage in comedy or humor. We’re not about humor or comedy.”
With laughter yoga, there are different routes to achieve lighter enlightenment. When Mercer leads a group, “we don’t get silly too fast,” she said.
Mercer has found that laughter yoga is good for children she works with at the Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center. Laughter training seems to help the children, who have cerebral palsy, autism and other physical disabilities, breathe deeper, said Mercer, a nutritionist who sells a “fruit and vegetable pill” in multilevel marketing.
Many children with certain physical challenges laugh uncontrollably when they’re stressed, but laughter yoga helps them develop control, she said. “It’s a great way for the mothers and children to have an extra tool.”
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