Laughter yoga is a type of yoga that combines yogic breathing techniques and simulated laughter exercises to promote physical and mental health. It was developed by Dr. Madan Kataria in India in the mid-1990s. The practice of laughter yoga involves prolonged voluntary laughter, which can be initiated through group exercises or self-stimulation techniques. The laughter is usually practiced in a group setting, with participants engaging in a range of exercises and activities that encourage laughter.
The benefits of laughter yoga include improved physical health, reduced stress and anxiety, enhanced social interaction, and increased overall well-being. Laughter is believed to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, which can improve mood and alleviate pain. It can also improve circulation and boost the immune system. Additionally, the practice of laughter yoga can help to strengthen social connections and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Laughter yoga is typically practiced in a playful and non-judgmental environment, with the emphasis on cultivating a childlike sense of playfulness and joy. It can be an effective way to relieve stress, increase energy levels, and promote overall health and well-being.