Last night a friend of mine asked me to come with her to Laughter Yoga. I'm not a huge yoga fan. I'm not that bendy and tend to fall a lot. I usually end up laughing at my own ineptitude anyway, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
As it turns out, Laughter Yoga has nothing much to do with actual yoga at all. It's all about laughing. Apparently the body can't tell the difference between a real laugh and a fake one, so if you force yourself to laugh you get the same endorphins etc. And to be honest, once you get into a room with ten other people who are laughing, it's kind of contagious.
I really enjoyed myself. It's not often my face muscles ache after a workout! And the exercises the tutor put us through were fun, more like theatre-sports or the kind of improv games we used to do at drama school. Except you laugh all the way through. At the end, there was a whole ten minutes of laughing for no reason while lying on the floor. I kept trying to stop myself, thinking it was really silly, but with all those other laughers around me, I couldn't keep the giggles from bubbling up my throat.
Afterward, I felt great. And for the rest of the night I found myself laughing far more at little things that might usually have only provoked a smirk otherwise.
Have you ever tried Laughter Yoga? Did you like it?