Beat Stress with Laughter Yoga
According to laughteryoga.org, this type of yoga combines laughter without a cause with yogic breathingis called Pranayama. Anyone can laugh without reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in groups, with eye contact and play like a child, it then turns into real laughter and contagious.
The concept of laughter yoga is based on the scientific fact that the body can not distinguish between fake and real laughter. One advantage is having the same physiological positive effect.
“The idea came from the use of laughter to relieve the negative effects of stress like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and depression,” said Alex Eingorn, Laughter Ambassador in New York, according to Galtime.
According to Eingorn, laughing is very healthy. The effect is like aerobics and activates every organ in the body.
“There are some muscles that will only move when laughing,” said Eingorn.
Then, the research team from the University of Maryland shows that one minute of laughing have the same effect as six to ten minutes of rowing. You can do it anytime, especially when feeling depressed.
“Sit down and say to yourself ‘I’m going to laugh now’. Before you do you can simply laugh. If it can be directly viewed, cortisol, a hormone which triggers stress will be directly dropped dramatically,” says Claire Wheeler, MD, author of Ten Simple Solutions to Stress.
Laughter yoga, was first developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India. He made the first Laughter Clubs in March 1995 with only a handful of people. Currently, it has spread worldwide with more than 6000 Laughter Clubs in 60 countries.