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What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is a form of exercise that combines unconditional laughter and yogic breathing without yoga mats or poses. All you need is an open mind, an open heart, and a willingness to let your inner child come out!

Laughter Yoga is a fun way to practice mindfulness meditation since one must be fully present to laugh. No jokes are used in Laughter Yoga because everyone has a different sense of humor, and this allows the left (analytical) side of the brain to rest while activating the right (creative) side of the brain. All feelings are also welcome because it’s not just about being positive.

Classes start with simulated laughter, gentle physical movements, eye contact, and childlike playfulness. Since laughter is so contagious, it leads to real laughter!

Benefits

  • Releases serotonin (the “Happy” chemical), increasing joy and quality of life

  • Helps reduce stress and lower blood pressure

  • Increases blood flow and oxygen

  • Stimulates the immune, digestive and cardiac systems

  • Enhances uplifting endorphin levels which may help reduce pain

  • Stretches and helps relax tight muscles

  • Deepens mind and body awareness

  • Exercises the right (creative) side of the brain

  • Gives the left (analytical) side of the brain a break

  • Creates a community of fun, new friends!

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What is Traditional yoga?

Similar to Laughter Yoga, traditional yoga has a profound effect on our bodies and minds, and it also helps us see and connect to ourselves on a deeper level. What we do on the mat reflects what we do off the mat, so it’s a helpful tool in recognizing our thought and behavior patterns.

A traditional yoga class includes deep breathing, or pranayama, and a series of asanas, or yoga poses. While flowing from pose to pose, each breath is slowed down and synchronized with a movement, so being present is key. This shifts the balance from the sympathetic nervous system (or the fight-or-flight response) to the parasympathetic nervous system (calming and restoring).

You don’t need to be flexible to start practicing yoga. All you need is an open mind, an open heart, and the willingness to accept yourself. You are perfect and are exactly where you are meant to be in each and every moment!

Benefits

  • Improves balance, strength, and flexibility (physically, mentally, spiritually)

  • Protects your spine and improves posture

  • Improves mindfulness and focus

  • Increases blood flow and oxygen

  • Maintains your nervous system, decreasing stress and anxiety

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Regulates adrenal glands

  • Protects heart health

  • Promotes better sleep and breathing

  • Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity

  • Prevents injury, cartilage and joint breakdown

  • Burns calories and tones muscles

  • Improves happiness and quality of life!