Do you want more laughter in to your life? Here are 3 simple, fool-proof, time tested ideas to guarantee that you will laugh more in the coming year and decades to follow.
Laughter Yoga is a powerful form of complementary medicine. While "proper" scientific evidence remains scarce, the healing impact such a simple method has worldwide on tens of thousands of men and women of all ages, fitness and health levels cannot be belittled and dismissed as pure chance. Why wait for your doctor to tell you that laughing is good for you to try it out?
ENTON, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com): It looks like an ordinary yoga class. Contemplative. Disciplined. Serious. So what's everybody laughing about? Would you believe, nothing? It's called "laughter yoga" - exercise for the funny bone.
I recently read a blog from Dr Kataria responding to an actor who said he could easily laugh on command and was wondering what more Laughter Yoga could teach him (a lot!). Dr K's reply was outstanding as usual, and I took the liberty to build on it. Here it is:
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.
Two women are planning to set up laughter clubs in Zimbabwe, one of the world's most challenging economies.
Brenda Crook paws the air as she stands laughing with eyes wide open, her tongue out and a red foam ball pinching her nose. About 10 other clown-nosed people surround her and mimic the same "Lion Yoga Pose." The image seems absurd, but Crook, 34, needs a little silliness in her life. She is battling breast cancer at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at the Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear.
Mr K N Radhakrishnaiah, now 61 years old, worked as an engineer with a government department in a small town near Bangalore called Almatti. In 2002 colleagues framed him with false corruption charges. He went into deep depression, lost interest in life and decided to commit suicide.
They say laughter is the best medicine. Combine that with the health benefits of yoga and you have a unique form of exercise that is no laughing matter. Susan Patrick attended the class for the first time Friday and says she plans to come back for more. "I feel really relaxed and exercised," she said. "I'm surprised at how different I feel physically."
Just a thought: you can’t be serious about laughter because that very seriousness eventually kills it. Laughter is unreasonable (read “outside of reason”) and as such playfulness is the fertilizer that makes it thrive.