Funny Farm Laughter Club at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm in Phillipsburg NJ hosts weekly Laughter yoga sessions starting Thu. Oct. 16 at 6 PM. The half hour sessions continue on Oct. 23 and 30. “We are trying evening meetings to see how it works out. I plan change the day and time of the sessions, from time to time, to accommodate more people to laugh,” say Cynthia Curtis, the club’s facilitator.

Laughter Yoga is a simple yet profound technique. It requires no equipment or experience. It is a body/mind practice for well-being that involves deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. It has many benefits besides the joy of laughter. It strengthens the immune system, combats the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety. Laughter is a tremendously efficient outlet to release tension and anxiety in a positive way. Laughter helps control negative feelings and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels and releasing feel good-hormones called endorphins and by raising levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Laughter helps control high blood pressure, increases oxygenation to all the cells and tissues and most importantly to the brain, and it produces a sense of well-being and focus. Scientific evidence is proving that laughter is very good medicine.

Developed by a medical doctor from India, Dr. Madan Kataria, Laughter yoga has spread across 72 countries on 5 continents, without advertising, all since 1997. Funny Farm Laughter Club is a part of a worldwide grass-roots movement for health, happiness and peace. Cynthia Curtis leads the half hour session in her 18th century farmhouse, Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, 999 US H’way 22, Phillipsburg NJ. She trained to lead Laughter Yoga by Dr. Kataria’s School of Laughter yoga in NYC and studied with Steve Wilson’s World Laughter Tour.

Everybody is welcome in Funny Farm Laughter Club. It is non-political, non-religious, non-exploitative, non-competitive, non-perfectionistic, non-threatening and it is free. For more information go to http://go2laugh.com, email at curtistreefarm@gmail.com or call Perfect Christmas Tree Farm at 908-387-1225.