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LAUGHTER YOGA-Laughter Is Truly The Best Medicine

Updated on June 4, 2011

Happily Married Couples Laughing Out Loud Together At A Laughter Club In Bangalore



You have heard of Yoga as a form of exercise that originates from India, and you know how to laugh when provoked. Now, what in the world is Laughter Yoga ? It is a simple exercise routine designed to benefit you, decreasing your stress levels until you are totally stress-free and helps boost your immune system. Now, isn't that wonderful ? You get to laugh with fellow members at a Laughter Club where membership is totally free, and there are 6000 such Laughter clubs presently functional in about 60 countries. Yes, it has caught on as a worldwide movement, since the first Laughter Club launched at a Mumbai Park by an eminent physician, Dr. Madan Kataria on 13 March, 1995, with only a few members.

Did you know that it is an established scientific fact that the human body cannot differentiate between fake laughter and the real laughter? And that laughter has its health benefits on the human body? Both psychological and physiological benefits! Well, based on these, the innovative concept of Laughter Yoga was conceived by Dr. Kataria. Unconditional Laughter coupled with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama), constitutes Laughter Yoga.

A visit to any of the 200 odd Laughter Clubs being conducted in the early mornings at Bangalore city's neighborhood parks yields the same result. Happy-go-lucky members enjoying Laughter-various kinds including cell phone laughter, roaring lion laughter, argument laughter,etc. All members look forward to their meetings with fervor and participate with enthusiasm. A leader usually guides the entire group through their paces lasting an hour. Well, you cannot just laugh-for no reason! So, they fake it for the first few minutes and then continue on a giant roll! They do not use jokes, comedy or humor to help initiate laughter. Within the group, laughter is simulated as a form of body exercise. With childlike playfulness and plenty of eye contact, the laughter soon engulfs the entire group, and turns quickly into contagious real laughter. Some with tears rolling down their cheeks with uncontrollable laughter.

Benefits Of Laughter Yoga

Most illnesses are a result of stress. Overtime, chronic stress attacks the immune system, making us susceptible to infections, virus attack and cancer.  This serves as a great motivation for people to come together for a regular session of laughter yoga. The very first session makes you feel energized with an upbeat mood. With continued practice, one feels great while  experiencing positive changes in mental and physical health. Coping with stress becomes easier.

It has also been scientifically proven that

  1. laughter does reduce the level of stress hormones, epinephrine, cortisol,etc. in the blood.
  2. Positive and healthy outlook to life's challenges.
  3. Energy and enthusiasm are found in good measure.
  4. Students and teachers who practice together find an improvement in overall performance, discipline and communication.
  5. Senior citizens keep all diseases at bay,increasing longevity. And those that suffer illness are able to cope better with a positive frame of mind.
  6. Business leaders around the world are noticing the effects of laughter yoga too. They are becoming less stressful and more productive.
  7. Laughter boosts immunity with the result that becoming sick is a thing of the past. Common colds and flu are rare.
  8. Mental and physical health improves immensely and laughter serves as an anti depressant.
  9. Because of the profound impact laughter has on the immune system, cancer patients who take to laughter yoga see a significant improvement and are able to cope with trauma and pain. Many survive too,which is a huge plus.
  10. Introducing laughter yoga in prisons has seen a massive change in the inmates, offering them a chance to think healthy and remain healthy. Negative emotions such as anger and frustration are dissipated with laughter yoga. Violence is reduced.
  11. The physically and mentally challenged are seen to gradually take on a positive outlook towards life and its many challenges. Motor and expressive skills among the physically challenged show a marked improvement and where hyper activeness is a problem, it is soon curtailed.
  12. Those suffering from chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, depression, asthma, allergies, find significant relief or are cured completely once they begin laughter therapy. Truly, laughter is the best medicine! Just an hour everyday in your local park with a group, laugh your guts out!
  13. And did we mention, you are burning calories too in the process! Weight loss becomes no longer a tedious effort !
  14. You look younger with a smile and a spring in your step. Your skin looks and feels radiant too. Aging is definitely put on hold.
  15. Your posture improves projecting a confident healthy, balanced YOU!

John Cleese visits Laughter Medicine Man,Dr. Madan Kataria



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    • gamesnepal profile image

      gamesnepal 5 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

      Great write up about Laughter Yoga

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      Ana Gajic 6 years ago

      Great hub:) Very informative:)I enjoyed reading it:)

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      CollB 7 years ago

      I agree about laughing as it releases stress in a way other methods don't. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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      Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Glad you all love this hub! I loved writing it too! And keep laughing everyone! Stay healthy and happy!

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      Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Purple Perl, I love it! I wanna do laughter yoga.. I love to laugh. Laughing is very healthy.

      Have a nice day!


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Purple Perl, Nice encouraging hub! Laughter is wonderful medicine for the soul!

      Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub. I've never heard of this form of yoga but it makes a lot of sense. I especially liked the idea of it being used in prisons!

      Thanks for sharing.

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      I already knew the benefits of laugher, but I had never heard of laughter yoga!

      Very interesting.

      Thanks for sharing!