“It’s called laughter yoga because
of the diaphragmatic breathing that takes place when we laugh,” says Laughter Yoga Atlanta director
Celeste Greene. “It’s a full inhalation and a full exhalation.”
At first the laughter is simulated, or
“voluntary laughter” in yoga-speak, but slowly, as students warm up
to each other, it becomes genuine and contagious.
“You can react from a laughter
place, as opposed to a stress place. How does that sound?” Greene calls
A group “Yeah!” quickly
Then Greene demonstrates a new exercise
— “traffic laughter.” Students pretend to drive a “laughter
“The goal in laughter yoga is to build a daily habit and bring more laughter into your life,” Greene explained. “It could be laughing in traffic and it could be laughing while cleaning the house. The more you laugh, the more you’re able to laugh at whatever life brings.”
Laughter yoga can help ease anxiety and
depression, while building unique connections with others.
“One of the big benefits of
laughter is that it feels really good to laugh,” said Scott. “You get
a change in the uptake of the naturally circulating endorphins, and those are
the body’s painkillers. You get a measurable increase in your ability to
Overtime, according to Scott, laughter can decrease the body’s production of cortisol, a hormone released by the adrenal glands into the bloodstream at times of stress. High levels of cortisol have been linked to weight gain and memory loss.
Laughter increases the levels of
endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, experts say.
Students meditating at the end of a
laughter yoga session.
Back in the Atlanta garden, strangers leave as friends at the end of the laughter yoga session.
“It really lifted my spirits in
ways I had not anticipated,” said student David Randolph, a radiation
oncologist. “We laughed, we made eye contact. It felt really good to
connect with all these people that I had never met before.”
Many in the group echoed Randolph’s
In her classes, Greene has witnessed
the positive effects this group dynamic can have on a person struggling with
anxiety, depression or isolation.
At an emotional level, neuroscientist
Scott said, laughter can be a bonding experience among family or coworkers,
friends or strangers.
“When people laugh it’s a sign
that they’re feeling comfortable and relaxed and safe and not exposed,” she
“Humans do seem to be genuinely
unified by laughter.”
PBS39, Warren Reporter, Karishma Desai, is coming to the Phillipsburg Library for Laughter Yoga on Mon. Sep. 10. Let’s make Phillipsburg the happiest City in Warren County (at least for the day.) Join us for this special session of Laughter In The Library. Maybe we can get the whole library laughing.
A Free Social Club that welcomes all to join. It is non-religious and non-political. We do not charge any membership fee. Laughter Yoga at the Funny Farm is not to be confused with traditional yoga classes. We don’t perform yoga poses so you don’t need a mat or any special equipment or experience. At the Funny Farm Laughter Club we combine playful laughter exercises and deep yogic breathing. We all laugh together for no reason except for the best reasons – health, happiness and world peace.
Practice Happiness at the Funny Farm, July 2018
Sun. July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 6 pm
Mon. July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 10 am
Health Benefits: Laughter Yoga is an aerobic exercise (a mild cardio workout) that brings more oxygen to the body and brain. It makes us feel healthier and more energetic. Practicing Laughter Yoga strengthens the immune system which not only prevents us from falling sick but also helps us to feel better.
Social Connector: Quality of life depends on the quality of your friends and relationships. Laughter is a great connector of people and you will meet lots of interesting people and develop new friendships at Laughter Club.
Mission: To spread Good Health, Happiness and World Peace
What is Laughter Yoga? How can it Help you?
Everyone wants health and happiness. But instead, we are getting stressed out, depressed, more negative thoughts and sometimes feeling isolated. Does this sound like you? If you are someone who wants to bring more laughter and joy into your life or are someone who just loves to laugh, join us.
Laughter Yoga is a simple yet profound complete well-being exercise routine practiced around the world. Developed by an Indian medical doctor, Dr. Madan Kataria, it has spread across 100 countries and to tens of thousands of Laughter Clubs, around the world.
You Laugh with Special Guided Techniques: It’s easy. Anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy and you feel the benefits from laughing the very first session!
Real and Contagious Laughter: We initiate laughter as a body exercise, in a group, and with eye contact and childlike playfulness the laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
oxygenate your Body and Brain: Laughter Yoga is a combination of deep breathing exercises from yoga and laughter exercises, which oxygenates the body and brain, making us feel more creative and happier.
The basis of Laughter Yoga a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between spontaneous laughter and intentional laughter. You get the same physiological and psychological benefits from both. And this mild cardio exercise burns calories and tightens muscles in the most enjoyable way possible, by sharing a laugh.
Clinical research conducted in India and in the United States proves that Laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc) in the blood.
5 Benefits of Laughter Yoga
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 remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more and more easily than you normally do.
Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress: Laughter Yoga is an aerobic exercise which brings more oxygen to the body and brain thereby making you feel more energetic and relaxed.
Health Benefits: Laughter Yoga reduces 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: Anyone can laugh when times are good but Laughter Yoga teaches people to laugh unconditionally so that they can laugh even during tough times. It provides strength in adversity, a coping mechanism, to help people keep a positive mental attitude regardless of the circumstances. If you can “laugh it off”, you will feel so much better. It gives hope and optimism to cope in difficult times.
Where is the Funny Farm Laughter Club
Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, 999 US Highway 22, Lopatcong Township, Phillipsburg NJ 08865
Go to the 18th century stone farmhouse at the end of the driveway
For more information: email email@example.com, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/funnyfarmlaughterclub/ or call 908-763-1945.
Try this unique cardio workout where laughing is the exercise. We initiate laughter in the beginning, but with eye contact and and playfulness the laughter becomes genuine and contagious. The reason its called Laughter Yoga is that we combine laughter with yoga breathing which brings more oxygen to our body and brain and we feel healthier and more energetic, more relaxed, as a result. There is scientific proof that even if when we pretend to laugh we get the same health benefits as if it was real laughter. This is real exercise that burns calories, strengthens core muscles and exercises vital organs. Anyone can can laugh for no reason. No experience or special equipment is needed.
The Funny Farm Laughter Club meets at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm in Phillipsburg NJ. Contact Laughter Yoga teacher, Cynthia Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will notify you of the next laughter club meeting.
Laughter Yoga is a worldwide peace movement and happiness delivery system that started 22 years ago in India by a medical doctor, Dr. Mandan Kataria. The practice has spread to 62 countries on 6 continents without any advertising, simply because laughter feels good and laughter is contagious.
No equipment or previous experience is necessary. If you can breathe and laugh you can do Laughter Yoga, sitting or standing. There is no wrong way to do it. And it is good medicine for the mind and body.
You are invited to try it every night from Oct. 4 through Oct. 10 at 6 PM. www.laughteryoga.org
Then stay for a free dinner in the Sukkah. We are celebrating the harvest with the joyous Festival of Sukkot, a 5000-year-old Jewish tradition (~Leviticus 23:34.)
We build a three-sided structure, a Sukkah, making sure the stars shine through the roof and the wind can pass through the walls and share a candlelit dinner with 12 friends and neighbors, each night, for 7 nights, no matter the weather. Judaism 101: Sukkot
Join us for this vegetarian meal and/or Laughter Yoga. Everyone is invited. For us, the holiday is social, not religious. Please let me know if you are staying for dinner by calling 908-387-1225. It’s okay to leave a message.
I admit to being skeptical about “laughter yoga” before I tried it. I worried it might require pretzel-like poses I’m unable to perform even on a good day. Or someone would tell bad jokes I didn’t find funny — especially on a day when I was feeling low. Or, even worse, I would be expected to be funny. Most days it’s a struggle to be present, never mind funny.
Then I remembered feeling better when I laughed, and I decided to find out why. From research done by the late William Fry, MD, of Stanford University, I learned that laughter increases endorphins, the feel-good hormones. It also decreases cortisol, the stress hormone. Most importantly, it deepens respirations. Taking deeper breaths strengthens the immune system and provides a true aerobic workout. Fry claimed that one minute of hearty laughter was the cardio equivalent of 10 minutes of jogging or rowing. That sounded almost too good to be true for someone like me who is often too sore or too fatigued to exercise. I decided to give laughter yoga a try.
On arrival, I joined other participants sitting on chairs in a circle. We were instructed to pretend we were in a serious place where silence is expected, like a religious service or a chamber music concert. Suddenly a word or sight reminds us of something hysterically funny. It had the desired effect. Someone snickered. It spread. Snickers became giggles. Soon everyone was affected. I, too, struggled to hold back audible laughter. It couldn’t be done. Then everyone was laughing. It is contagious after all!
The harder we laughed, the funnier it became. Hilarity filled the room and continued for several minutes. Gradually the laughter receded to giggles, then to snickers. Finally, there was silence once more. Everyone sat back, tired and happy. We had just completed an exercise known as gradient laughter — one of many such techniques used in laughter yoga groups.
Laughter yoga was developed by an Indian physician named Madan Kataria. Sharing Norman Cousins‘ (author of Anatomy of an Illness) belief that laughter is the best medicine, Kataria went to a public park near his home in Mumbai and invited people to laugh with him. Only four people would join him that first day in 1995. But by the end of the week, he had nearly 20 people laughing daily. An article in a local newspaper spread the word. Today, laughter yoga groups are found worldwide. Led by certified laughter yoga instructors, they typically meet for hour-long sessions at nonprofit facilities, on beaches, or in other public places. Each session has a physical component that might include deep breathing, stretching, or balancing techniques as well as very simple yoga postures. Laughter “exercises” like the one described above are the main focus. Each session concludes with a calming meditation.
Laughter yoga is truly for everyone. There’s no need to be jolly or to be an easy laugher. The brain doesn’t know the difference between real laughter and a hearty, but sincere, “ho, ho, ho.” Pretending to laugh reaps the very same benefits as actually laughing does.
Laughter yoga is non-religious and non-political. It costs nothing, although voluntary donations may be accepted to benefit the hosting facility if there is one. Everyone is welcome. The group I attended had participants of many ages and physical abilities. Some could and did walk miles each day, others were confined to wheelchairs.
The benefits I received from this activity (like decreased pain and improved mood) were so significant that I tried to duplicate it at home. It sounded simple enough. I found an appropriate YouTube video and tried to laugh along. That experiment was a complete failure. The truth is that there is no substitute for live, smiling faces and the inspiration of other people laughing around you. Although disappointed, I realized that being in a group was a benefit in and of itself, especially for fibro people. Our illness often isolates us. Laughter yoga helps with that, too.
A weekly laughter session is an opportunity for positive human interaction that may be missing from our lives. I can think of no possible downside from trying this somewhat unusual activity. For fibro people, it’s the perfect feel-good medication with no side effects.