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A farm is a great place to laugh. People come to the Funny Farm Laughter Club to let loose and laugh just because they can. They liberate their laughter and they feel healthier and happier. Laughter Yoga is a simple yet profound, complete well-being exercise routine that is practiced around the world. Developed by an Indian medical doctor, Dr. Madan Kataria, it has spread to over 100 countries and to tens of thousands of Laughter Clubs on six continents. The Funny Farm Laughter Club meets at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm.  We all want health and happiness. But instead, we are stressed and depressed and isolated, with negative thoughts.  I teach how to use laughter to bring more joy into life. 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.

What is the Funny Farm Laughter Club? A free Social Club that welcomes all to join.  It is non-religious and non-political. There is no charge for anything. It is a great way to meet new people. 

Not to be confused with traditional yoga classes. There are no Hatha Yoga poses so you don’t need a mat or any special equipment or previous experience. We use, Prana Yoga, breathing yoga. 

Anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes or comedy and you feel the benefits from laughing right away. We initiate laughter as a body exercise, in a group, and with eye contact the laughter soon turns into spontaneous and contagious laughter that makes us feel healthier and more energetic. 

Scientifically Proven: 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 while stimulating the production of good hormones, Endophin, Serotonin, Dopamine, and Oxytocin.

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.

Mild Aerobic Exercise: Like jogging on the inside, Laughter Yoga improves heart and lung function and tones pelvic muscles. Diaphamic breathing stimulates the Vagus Nerve that helps regulate internal organs throughout the body and brain. It burns calories.

Health Benefits:  Practicing Laughter Yoga strengthens the immune system which not only prevents us from falling sick but also helps us to feel better. Laughter masks pain. Laughing is self-care.

Good Mood:  Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes. You remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more easily and more often than you normally do. It is a healthy exercise that brings oxygen to the brain, to beat stress and laugh at problems, so you can solve them easier.

Quality of Life:  Laughter is positive energy which can be shared. Laughter is contagious. Learn to laugh more and others will laugh with you. People connect with other people by laughing together. Laughing more improve relationships with family and 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. 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 info@go2laugh.com, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/funnyfarmlaughterclub/ or call 908-763-1945.

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Make Time To Laugh

Are you lonely, unhappy, stressed, in pain, or just like fun exercise? Then try Laughter Yoga. It is fun and easy to do, sitting or standing. You’ll need no special equipment or previous knowledge. You don’t even need a sense of humor because there are no jokes or comedy. We laugh on purpose as exercise, for health and happiness.

When you exercise with laughter, you stimulate the release of chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. 

Endorphins are involved in our natural reward circuits and are related to important activities like eating, drinking, physical fitness, and sex. They maximize pleasure and minimize discomfort and pain. Laughter Yoga trains us to laugh on purpose in good times and bad.

Regular laughter exercise is proven to:

• Burn calories

• Reduce stress

• Boost self-esteem

• Strengthen and build muscle

• Increases heart and lung function

• Ward off anxiety and feeling of depression


Laughter Club

Every Saturday, between 11 am and noon a cross-section of the community gets together for an hour-long Laughter Yoga therapy session which combines simple aerobic exercises, laughter, and Yoga breathing.

Laughter Yoga is a simple and profound practice. We are breathing all the time. Why not add laughter to your breath for 20 minutes a day. See for yourself if laughing on purpose is your way to health and happiness. Become a daily laugher for 40 days. Take the challenge and learn if by adding laughter to your life your mind and body responds and feels lighter, freer, happier. If making Laughter Yoga practice helps to put a smile on your face or relieves your loneliness or pain, you are one of the lucky ones. You own a powerful drug that is, arguably, the worlds “best medicine,” laughter. What other medicine or exercise, for that matter, is natural, has no bad side effects, is available 24/7 and is free. Oh, did I say laughing burns calories as it strengthens muscles? Laughing 20 minutes a day helps you lose weight if you want to.

Join us at the Funny Farm Laughter Club to try laughing as exercise. The Laughter Yoga leader demonstrates simple situations that participants duplicate, which, with eye contact helps everyone to laugh. No worry if childlike playfulness doesn’t work for you. Make-believe laughter is just as effective as spontaneous laughter at exercising heart, lungs, diaphragm, core pelvic muscles, and stimulating ‘feel-good hormones,’ endorphins. The mindful, diaphragmatic breathing we do in Laughter Yoga stimulates the flow of lymph through our bodies. We burn calories and tighten muscles when we laugh, the same as rowing. You can ‘fake it ’til you make it’ and it still works. Intentional laughter is fine. There is no wrong way to laugh or breath.

Twenty-five years ago, a medical Dr. living in India, Dr. Madan Kataria, was tasked with editing a health journal in addition to his regular medical practice. He was stressed. Scientific studies he read claimed laughter as medicine, good for lowering stress and blood pressure. Could such a simple therapy work he wondered. He got his wife and three friends together in a park to tell each other jokes to test the research. And laughter worked and the laughter club grew. Now, 25 years later, people practice Laughter Yoga on 6 continents, in more than 100 countries. Jokes turned to improvisational exercises and the routine grew and spread through culture and societies around the world because laughter is contagious. Today there are tens of thousand Laughter Clubs that need no experience, no applications, no fees, or equipment. They are social clubs where anyone can come and laugh.

This unique formula to better health and happiness is so popular that major corporations use Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers to conduct sessions at their campuses. Laughter Yoga is a great way to relax, become stress-free and bond with people.