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.
Laughter therapy is not about watching a funny movie or telling jokes. No one performs except their mascot, a Tickle Me Elmo doll, which is placed in the middle of the circle. It is about sharing joy, about breathing, increasing circulation and lightening the load, Munro said.