• Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice
involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter
yoga is based on the belief that voluntary
laughter provides the same physiological and
psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter.
Laughter yoga is done in groups, with eye
contact and playfulness between participants.
Forced laughter soon turns into real and
contagious laughter. Laughter yoga does not
involve humor or comedy.
Laughter yoga was made popular as an exercise
routine developed by Indian physician Madan
Kataria, who writes about the practice in his book
Laugh For No Reason.
• In the mid-1990s Laughter Yoga was practiced in
the early mornings, primarily by groups of older men
in open parks. Later, a more formalized version was
created and popularized as "Laughter Clubs".
Kataria's first Laughter Yoga Club began on 13
March 1995 in Mumbai; beginning with five people
in a local public park,the concept has rapidly spread
worldwide. As of 2011, there are more than 8,000
Laughter Clubs in 65 countries.
• Anyone can laugh without needing to rely on humor,
jokes or comedy. Laughter is initially simulated as a
physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with
others in the group and promoting childlike playfulness.
In most cases this soon leads to real and contagious
laughter. Laughter yoga is the only technique that allows
adults to achieve sustained hearty laughter without
involving cognitive thought. It bypasses the intellectual
systems that normally act as a brake on natural laughter
• Yoga brings more oxygen to the body and brain by
incorporating yogic breathing which results in deep
diaphragmatic breathing. 20 mins. of laughter is
sufficient to develop full physiological benefits.
Benefits of laughter yoga
• It helps them to stay fit. It strengthens the immune system
and one does not fall sick easily. Laughter Yoga is a
powerful cardio workout and just 10 minutes of hearty
laughter is equal to 30 minutes on the rowing machine. It
increases blood circulation and relaxes the muscles.
• Your mood states determine the quality of your life.
Laughter Yoga has the power to change your mood
within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your
brain called endorphins.
• Laughter Yoga is most economical, less time consuming
and scientifically proven technique to reduce stress in
the workplace. Laughter Yoga is most economical, less
time consuming and scientifically proven technique to
reduce stress in the workplace.
• Laughter clubs provide a rich social network of people
who care about one another. This provides a sense of
emotional security which resists stress and helps to fight
depression which is number one sickness today.
• In times of difficulty, it is not easy to remain calm. By
imbibing the essence of Laughter Yoga and its
characteristics, one can learn to handle any situation
effectively without losing their composure. It will keep a
positive mental attitude so that you can cope with
negative situations and deal with difficult persons in a
much better way than a normal person can.
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