There were quite a few articles about Laughter Yoga in the international media this past week. Here is what caught my attention:
Calgary, AB, Canada: Laughter yoga helps paralyzed teen. Laughter yoga helped Micaela exercise her lungs and vocal muscles, allowing her to start speaking again and while still confined to a wheelchair, she has gained some motion back.
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Laughter Yoga instructor Caity McCardell ready to put her soles on the line. Caity McCardell is a laughter yoga instructor who teaches seniors how to make themselves laugh to relieve stress. It’s a technique she often uses while she runs.
Boston, MA, USA: Melanie Hansen named Angels’ honorary bat girl. After a double mastectomy, Hansen participated in a focus group at the City of Hope to launch a support network. At St. Jude’s Hospital, she taught Laughter Yoga as an alternative therapy to fellow survivors and health care professionals. She educated these professionals regarding the physical, emotional, and social benefits laughter provides.
Newark, NJ, USA. Yoga class encourages a healthy laugh. “I have to admit, the first time I came, I thought ‘This is the dippiest thing.’ I didn’t think I’d get into it,” she said. “But you end up laughing, and that’s kind of the whole point. If I didn’t work full-time, I would do this at hospice and nursing homes,” Betty Herbst said.