University and Journal Based Research on the Effects of Laughter
Yoga Journal’s advice to Yogis: add some humor and lightness to your classes, and you may see your business boom
Across the United States, teachers and studios are recognizing that funny business can help yoga businesses thrive. "Humor can help a studio attract and retain students," says Julie Margolis, an instructor at New Jersey's Yoga Montclair. "They love it because it helps them relax their muscles, surrender to their practice, and take themselves—and yoga—less seriously."
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The following videos hopefully will at least make you smile. They may even (hopefully) get a few chuckles out of you. I post these type of videos here (many more are coming!) because they have [...]
Those who believe that laughter is the best medicine may want to give this a try: Laughter yoga blends attempts to provoke laughter via eye contact and childlike playfulness with breathing exercises. "The idea is that if you're laughing on the outside—even if, initially, you're faking it—it will create an effect on the inside that brings joy and releases endorphins," says Mary-Laurence Bevington, director of Movement Climbing & Fitness in Boulder, Colo.
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.
The difference between fun and laughter? You can have fun without laughing. Some people, sadly, can even laugh without having fun. To my knowledge, there are vast collections of studies about the healing powers of laughter and humor. But I still haven't found anyone researching the physiological, psychological or sociological benefits of fun.
Just like there are many different forms of humor, there are also many different understandings of Laughter Yoga and ways to practice it. Some you may relate to, and others you may not.