Introduce Laughter Yoga to your business or organizationby scheduling an Introduction to Laughter Yoga. The 1 hour presentation covers research on the many health benefits of laughter plus the opportunity to experience a Laughter Yoga session.
The research found "Laughter Yoga could be an effective alternative therapy for reducing
depressionand improving mental health in the short term." Study participants participated in Laughter Yoga sessions twice a week for four weeks. The sessions were typical in that they included warm-ups, deep breathing, childlike playfulness and laughter exercises.
We have all found ourselves in situations where laughing out loud is not acceptable...a library perhaps? Highly stressed and need to let go at work? Does silent laughter have the same benefits as laughing out loud (LOL). It sure does according to Molly Edmonds &
Joseph Miller. Cheryl Ann Oberg is a Certified Laughter leader, therapeutic clown in Canada says she "teaches children how to do silent laughter when a bad dream wakens them in the middle of the night." It helps them sleep. Silent laughter is used all the time in Laughter Yoga sessions, not just with children.
Gelo What? Gelotology!
Gelotology: the study of laughter. According to
Wikipedia, laughter as a field of study was pioneered by
William F. Fry of Stanford University. His Institute for Humor Research (Gelotology) was founded in Palo Alto in 1964. Initially studied by psychiatrists, gelotology research has since expanded to encompass many of the things that affect our health and bodies.
Deaf Laughter Festival
The very first Deaf Laughter Festivalwas held in Johor. "One of the objectives of the event was to create an opportunity for the hearing individuals to experience the deaf community’s world of silence." The 2-day event brought together deaf participants from Johor, Sarawak and Singapore and 13 Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher trainees and their master trainer, Michi Morioka. The trainees were from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan.