Understanding the New Concept of Laughter Yoga
Dr. Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga
of Laughter Clubs Movement
the past two decades, extensive research has been conducted all over the world
and it has been proved that laughter has a positive impact on various systems of
the body. Laughter helps to remove the negative effects of STRESS, which the
number one killer today. More than 70% of the illness like high blood pressure,
heart disease, anxiety, depression, frequent coughs and colds, peptic ulcer,
insomnia, allergies, asthma, menstrual difficulties, tension headaches, stomach
upsets and even cancer has some relations to stress. Also it has been proved
beyond a shadow of doubt that laughter helps to boost our immune system, which
is the master key for maintaining good health.
are convinced that laughter has both preventive and therapeutic value. But these
days, where is laughter? It seems that people have forgotten to laugh. According
to a study done by Dr. Micheal Titze, a German Psychologist ‘‘in 1950's
people used to laugh 18 minutes a day but today we laugh not more than 6 minutes
per day despite huge rises in the standard of living’’. Children can laugh
upto 300-400 times in a day but when we grow as an adult it comes down to just
15 times a day. Due to overseriousness our sense of humor is also getting sick.
The things at which we used to laugh heartily 30 years ago no longer stimulate
even the faintest smile. Today we need very hilarious jokes to make us laugh.
is a breakthrough! For the first time Dr. Madan Kataria, a Bombay (India) based
physician has developed a new technique of thought free group laughter based on
yoga (Hasya Yoga). Anyone can participate in group laughter, everyday for 15-20 minutes, without resorting
to jokes. Each laughter session starts with deep breathing and the Ho-Ho, Ha-Ha
exercise, followed by a variety of stimulated laughter like hearty laughter,
silent laughter, medium laughter, lion laughter, swinging laughter, one meter
laughter, cocktail laughter, gradient laughter and many other kinds. Not only we
laugh but also practise ways and means of sensible living, in a group, by
removing negative emotions like anger, fear jealousy and sadness.
people believe that you need a good sense of humour to laugh, but the reverse is
also true. You try to laugh in a group for no reason, your inhibitions are
broken and sense of humour flows. This is exactly the breakthrough we have
achieved in our Laughter Clubs. There is sufficient data available from the
medical research that even if you pretend laughing or act happiness your body
produces happy chemicals. According to a study there was a stage actress who
played sad role for about ten years and she fell sick. She lost weight and
appetite, she was depressed and had bodyaches. On through investigation there
was no abnormality found. Doctors opined that she fell sick because she was
acting sadness. Therefore they advised her to do some comic roles. All her
symptoms disappear as she switched over to comedy. This clearly indicates that
if acting sadness can make you sick, Acting happiness can make you healthy. Idea
of laughter clubs based on this philosophy of acting happiness. In other words
FAKE IT, FAKE IT, TILL YOU MAKE IT.
most important factor in laughter club is WILLINGNESS TO LAUGH. Though the
members of laughter clubs laugh out voluntarily but it is with full commitment
and willingness. If you are not willing to laugh nobody in this world can make
you laugh. On the other hand if you are willing to laugh and give yourself
permission to laugh nobody can stop you from laughing. Even you don't need any
reason to laugh. Laughter in laughter clubs is self induced. Secondly, when you
laugh in a group it is very contagious. Very soon the voluntary laugh gets
converted into genuine peals of giggles. Moreover, we have brought in many
child-like playful techniques which helps to laugh spontaneously.
laughter exercise is not the SUBSTITUTE for spontaneous laughter which we get
throughout the day. As a matter of fact it helps to increase our capacity to
laugh during the day. According to another research study if you stretch your
laugh muscles on regular basis they will respond more spontaneously whenever
there is something amusing. Group laughter exercises help the members to reduce
their inhibitions which enables them to laugh more often.
whole concept of group laughter exercises is based on yoga which produces unique
physiological balance in our body by connecting body, mind and spirit.
Stimulated laughter exercises have been combined with deep breathing
which is an important part of yoga. Deep breathing helps to stimulate
calming branch of our nervous system (Parasympathetic system) by rhythmic
movement of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. Deep breathing helps to
increase the net supply of oxygen which is the most important component of our
metabolism. According to principles of yoga laughter gives constant massage to
our digestive tract and also improves blood supply to all the internal organs.
Laughter stimulates blood circulation which helps to transport the nutrients all
over the body. And it also strengthens our respiratory apparatus which supplies
oxygen to our body.
brain has left and right hemispheres. Left side of the brain is analytical,
logical, calculative and concerned with learning skills. The capacity of the
left side is LIMITED. You can't learn beyond a certain limit. The right side of
the brain is concerned with intuition, imagination, inventions, music, art,
creativity, meditation and healing. The power of right of the brain is UNLIMITED.
One of the easiest way to stimulate right side of the brain is by playfulness.
By being playful one can become more creative and imaginative. It will unfold
the unlimited potentials of our beings. But the problem with most of us is, we
can't be playful all the time and with everybody. Laughter club is an ideal
platform which gives an opportunity to be playful in a group without feeling of
members of laughter clubs not only laugh but also they practice ways and means
of sensible living. Through group discussions we identify all the negative
factors which stop us from laughing. For example: anger, fear, guilt, jealousy
are some of the negative emotions which produce negative feelings in us. In a
group effort we try to cultivate positive emotions like love, appreciations,
kindness, forgiveness and joy. The motto of laughter club member is not only to
make themselves happy but make others happy also. This is known as SPIRIT OF
LAUGHTER. The inner spirit of laughter can be cultivated easily in a group
effort. As a group the members of laughter clubs inspired and motivate each
other. We know so many good things in life but we don't get motivation to
practise them. But if we do it in a group it happens in a much easier way.
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