Laughter is SO good for you! My weekly laughter club practices laughter “yoga” – no stretching or posing, just giggling and breathing.
It’s fun and it’s great for your whole self. Invented by a medical doctor in 1995, laughter yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is sweeping the world and is a complete well-being workout.
I am a certified laughter leader and my group meets every Thursday morning from 8-8:45am at Tower Grove Park’s Pool Pavilion (where the farmer’s markets are held). If it’s too cold, we just go to my house, nearby. To sign up for a weekly Wednesday email reminder, click here. As always, all ages welcome, no experience, ability or equipment needed.
Learn & Listen
Watch the Pecha Kucha presentation I did last year to get a taste of what it’s all about:
- You can laugh with guided techniques: It’s easy. Anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy and one can feel the benefits on the very first session! You leave feeling both relaxed and energized.
- Real and contagious laughter: We initiate laughter as a body exercise in a group and with eye contact and childlike playfulness. It soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
- Oxygenates your body and brain: Laughter Yoga is combination of deep breathing exercises from yoga and laughter exercises, which oxygenates our body and brain, makes us feel more healthy and energetic.
Scientifically Proven Benefits
The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.
Good Mood and More Laughter: Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more than you normally do.
Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress: Laughter Yoga is like an aerobic exercise (cardio workout) which brings more oxygen to the body and brain thereby making one feel more energetic and relaxed.
- Health Benefits: Laughter Yoga reduces the stress and strengthens the immune system.You will not fall sick easily and if you have some chronic health conditions, you will heal faster.
Quality of Life: Laughter is a positive energy which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships. If you laugh more, you will attract many friends.
Positive Attitude in Challenging Times : Everyone can laugh when life is good, but how does one laugh when faced with challenges? Laughter helps to create a positive mental state to deal with negative situations and negative people. It gives hope and optimism to cope with difficult times.
Laughter in the Lou
Here are links to the other clubs that exist in St. Louis currently:
Meet with Jodi on Mondays at 12:30pm at 333 Bald Hill Rd in Eureka ($4 per class, $3 for Timbers members)
Meet with Marlene on Sundays at 4pm at Eliot Chapel in Kirkwood ($2 per class).
Meet with Kayla and Gayle on Mondays 6:30-7:30pm at the Ethical Society in Ladue.
If you are interested in participating in laughter yoga but can’t make these locations or times, let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!