“Laughter” promotes health Laughing increases endorphins, the hormone that induces happiness, and decreases cortisol that is a stress hormone. Irrespective of age, sex or physical condition. Laughter can promote both physical and mental health in a person. Laughter has a relaxing effect. It helps all the participants to demonstrate the maximum result of their daily efforts. “Laughter Yoga” is a healthy exercise combining laughing with conventional yoga breathing. Though called yoga, no difficult pose is required. It is a yoga method of breathing that takes in fresh oxygen into one’s body by laughing out loud. It does not depend on humor or jokes but considers laughing as an exercise. It is said that since our brain cannot differentiate between fake laughter from genuine laughter, even fake laughter has the same positive effect on the brain. Laughter Yoga was developed by an Indian medical doctor, Madan Katarina in 1995. Today, over 3 million people practice laughter yoga worldwide.
Laughter Yoga is mild aerobics exercises that burn calories and tightens muscles. It is a dynamic meditation that includes deep breathing and laughter. It is practiced without jokes or comedy. Mindful breathing, playful imagining, and laughter make up fun exercises that anyone can do. We feel better when we laugh even if we pretend to laugh. In Laughter Yoga we laugh as exercise because we can.
Dr. Madan Kataria developed Laughter Yoga. He organized the first Laughter Yoga Club in 1995, with 5 people in a park in Mumbai India. It was a research project to see if he could duplicate the benefits he was reading about, concerning laughter, and to discover for himself if laughter would help his patients.
In 25 years Laughter Yoga is now practiced in over 100 countries with tens of thousands of free laughter clubs operating in enlightened communities on six continents. All accomplished without advertising, by word-of-mouth, one person telling another, about the life-changing experience daily laughter is. Laughter is contagious.
The Funny Farm Laughter Club meets at 10 am on Saturdays at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm. Laughter Club is a free social club that is non-political and non-religious. No experience or equipment is necessary. We practice Laughter Yoga to promote health, happiness, and World Peace.
Start the year right by putting more laughter in your life. Try Laughter Yoga. Laughter is good medicine for your body, mind, and spirit. Anyone can do it since it only involves breathing (Pranayama yoga) and laughing. You have all the experience you need and there is no equipment needed. Make some new friends, laughing in the library. The librarians say it’s okay.
It was suggested that the name of our club might offend some people because it is used to mock mental illness. I don’t know if I agree, but I want everyone to be comfortable in our laughter group so we will be called the Fun Farm Laugh Club from now on. Now, how to change it in Word Press and on Facebook? Any suggestion?
Our summer Saturday morning sessions at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm were fun but some people can’t come then. So for autumn, we are switching the day and time to Sunday at 4 pm. We hope for even more participation.
Our newly named Fun Farm Laugh Club meets at the Phillipsburg Free Public Library once a month at 12 noon and at 6:45. From now on, and until further notice, we practice Laughter Yoga on the first Monday every month. Our next sessions are on Nov. 4, 2019.
Join the Funny Farm Laughters on a trip to NYC to learn from the Master Of Mirth, the Guru of Giggles, the Leader of Laughter, the Great Dr. Madan Kataria. He started laughing with 4 friends in a park, 25 years ago and started a happiness revolution that has circled the globe. Now there are thousands of Laughter Clubs on 6 continents, in over countries.
ONE DAY ONLY
Saturday, September 21 try Laughter Yoga with the man who envisioned the power of laughing on purpose for health, happiness and, world peace. Learn the latest exercises, to increase joy in your life. Laughter is contagious. Learn to laugh without jokes or comedy and others will catch your good feelings. Learn the elements of joyfulness from the great Dr. K. and spread contentment and wellbeing to others you meet.
If you try you can help yourself. You can join a group of us, traveling together. Dr. K. says, “at Laughter Club laughter is free.” Even this valuable opportunity, to share Laughter Yoga with the Master who developed and perfected it, is free. Donations to defray costs are gratefully accepted but don’t let money or anything else stop you from learning to live your life with laughter.
DON’T GIVE UP
You are always welcome at the Funny Farm Laughter Club. We meet once or more a week to practice Dr. Kataria’s methods of achieving better health, a happier life and a more peaceful world. At Perfect Christmas Tree Farm in Phillipsburg NJ, Cynthia Curtis, the farmer’s wife, teaches Laughter Yoga to a community of strangers who quickly become friends.
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.
This is the 3rd year showing people, just like you, to laugh without jokes or humor, just for the health of it. Modern science agrees laughter is good for the mind, body, spirit. Once you learn how, you can use it 24/7.
Come try Laughter Yoga. Anyone can do it since it only involves breathing (Pranayama yoga) and laughing. You have all the experience you need and there is no equipment necessary. Make some new friends, laughing in the library. No one will tell you to shhh.
Nothing is funny. People, who may not know each other come together to laugh at life’s situations, real and imagined.
It’s fast moving improvisational expressions of life situations using yogic breathing and laughter exercise. What can you expect?
Expect to catch laughter from one other and become laughter-carriers, spreading laughter to whoever you meet, going forward. Like the ripples in a pool, laughter spreads. People want to be happy. Add laughter to life is the least you can do.
Try it free at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm on Tuesdays at 7 PM. Let me know to expect you. Call or text: 908-763-1945.