Wellness

Wellness Wednesday – Laughter Medicine

Laughter is the best medicine.

World Laughter Day May 1, 2016

I always laugh at ridiculous situations and stressful ones. Perhaps my body was trying to tell me something all these years.

Laughter yoga is a “…health and fitness craze sweeping the world.”  (Retrieved April 27, 2016 from:  http://www.laughteryoga.org/english/laughteryoga.)
It combines laughter exercises with breathing practices from yoga in a group setting and was developed by Dr. Madan Kataria. You can immerse yourself into the world of Laughter Yoga at their site:

Laughter Yoga

Studies have shown that the body can’t distinguish between real laughter and pretend so you are privy to the following benefits regardless how you end up laughing.

  • reduced blood levels of stress hormones
  • engagement of core muscles (internal obliques get a workout as you guffaw)
  • uplifted mood

 

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