Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Laughter yoga

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?


  1. I'm relieved to see that Laughter Yoga isn't about being in yoga class and laughing at others' poses! I haven't tried Laughter Yoga yet, but this sounds like a neat concept.

  2. I've never heard of laughter yoga before but it sounds great. I went to regular yoga class last night which was very relaxing.

  3. I've never heard of this but it sounds like a blast!

  4. I'm pretty sure we do this every night in my living room. My 4yr old just discovered knock knock jokes.

    But it does sound fun!

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