Laughter yoga is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (pranayama). Anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes, or comedy. We start laughing by simulating a physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting childlike playfulness. Soon, this leads to real and contagious laughter.
We start with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, chanting, clapping, and mindful movement. These help lower inhibitions and develop feelings we had as kids. Mindful breathing exercises are used to prepare the lungs for laughter followed by a series of 'laughter exercises' that combine method acting and visualization with playfulness. We end our session with calm breathing, soothing meditation, and finally you are guided into deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) while lying supported on the floor to allow the body to assimilate and integrate the session.
Through laughter yoga, we strengthen the diaphragm, we elevate the mood, we release endorphins, we connect with others, we decrease stress, we blow off steam, we let go of negative thoughts and emotions, and we cultivate a lighthearted sense of humor towards everyday life!
Jessica Webb is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader, 500-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Instructor, and Meditation Teacher. She can also bring Laughter Yoga to your event, studio, office, school, or gathering!
Drop in for $15 or use your class pass! This class is held on the first Friday of each month!
For an overview of the 21-year history of Laughter Yoga around the world, visit the founder's website here.