When you’re feeling at a low ebb, laughing might seem the last thing you want to do. Its an interesting thing though that your body can’t tell the difference between a genuine laugh and the sound of laughter. The same part of your brain is activated and ‘feel good’ hormones are released in your body. Combined with deep, yogic breathing, practicing Laughter Yoga can bring a host of health benefits.
“Was amazing. I was so stressed and anxious when I came in, I felt low, but after this I am light and relaxed.” Cathy
Laughter Yoga sessions are tailored to the needs of each group and can be done sitting, standing or even laying down. Group sizes can vary from 6 to 306! They can take place anywhere: in the workplace or school, in a community setting or care home. Laughter Yoga is a great way to raise the energy of a conference and we’ve even provided an hour of fun at a hen night!
“The service users said they still felt uplifted and were laughing days after the session, and so were we!” – Telford MIND.
Laughter brings numerous social, emotional and physical benefits.
Scientific studies suggest that a ten minute full-blown belly-laugh is enough to bring all the attendant health benefits into your life. Laughter:
- Improves brain function (increased oxygen throughout the body)
- Reduces pain (increase in natural pain killers: endorphins)
- Reduces stress (decrease in hormones cortisol and adrenaline)
- Alleviates depression (increase in beta-endorphins)
- Lowers blood pressure (tests show that during the session blood
pressure increases. Afterwards, it drops below its starting level)
- Boosts the immune system (increase in human growth hormone
which aids sleep and cellular repair)
- Increases positivity and mental wellbeing
- Increases emotional wellbeing and social connectivity
Laughter yoga sessions give a safe, nurturing and hilarious environment in which a laughter specialist facilitates people to enjoy a minimum of ten minutes full-blown laughter, followed by guided relaxation.
“Really helped me let go of a lot of stress and just laugh” – Rebecca H
Laughter yoga is a great leveller and is suitable for all ages and abilities.
I’m proud to have trained with Charlotte Eaton of http://www.lifebulb.org/. Her extensive and advanced Laughter Yoga training includes practical sessions working with voluntary organisations in the community.
“Surprisingly enjoyable and brilliant way to boost your mood!” – Ruth C.
Contact me to arrange a laughter Yoga session for your group. Tel: 078682406