Laughter Yoga in 4 easy steps

Laughter wellness does not mean humor! It means simulated laughter, not pressurized by brain. This fake laughter brings changes in the body that are beneficial for health. The best part is that fake laughter, if done with playfulness, becomes infectious by the end. So let’s try it once 🙂

My Experience with Laughter Yoga

When I was in the UAE there was a request from my college to run a session to guide my colleagues and students towards laughter wellness. As an educator I am always interested in organising life-skill courses. In the beginning I felt a bit nervous, as I was about to do a silly thing, but I kept following my heart rather than my mind because I personally feel that laughter yoga is good for our health. 

Now, the challenging task for me was to create a session plan that must hit the nail in one go. After reviewing my course lessons, watching various videos,  reading laughter articles, and with a little experience, I planned a session that seemed promising to work for me and others.

This is my session plan

Step 1- Warm up

Similar to other exercises, laughter yoga should also start with warm-up exercises.  They involve clapping and synchronisation of movements. Clapping with flat palms pressurises acupressure points on your hands and increases your energy level. Clapping with a rhythm of 1-2-3, move your hands up and down and swing them from side to side as you clap.

Step 2-  Breathing

Take deep breath from your belly, bend your knees slightly and encourage longer exhalations.You can then try your first chant, in rhythm with your hands. Inhale with a smile, take a pause of few seconds and burst out “ho ho, ha-ha-ha”, through longer exhalations. It will bring you the feeling of freshness in your mind.

Step 3- Playfulness

Child like playfulness through games or activities will help you to be attracted by every little thing around. Look at something beautiful and shout like a child,’very good very good yay’

Exercise-Singing a playful song, ‘every cell in my body….’ or ‘alphabet song’

Exercise– electric shock laughter exercise is also a fun creating activity- pretend that every surface and object you touch gives you a shock of static electricity. Jump back every time you touch something, smiling and laughing as you do this.

So with deep breathing and laughing through physical movements,  we can make a connection between our body and soul. Even though laughter yoga is a form of physical exercise, it detoxes all the stress off our mind and brings happiness within.

Step 4- Laughing exercises with breathing

Exercise– The breathing is easy: breathe in and smile as you lift your arms up, breathe out as you relax.

Exercise– the leader of the group, will walk around the room and clap, laughing with a “ho ho ha ha ha”. The rest of the group should then respond “very good, very good, yay!” and clap with their arms raised.

Exercise– Inhale deeply and then exhale through your nose. As you exhale, release one to two big belly laughs. Continue to do this, deepen your breath equally on your inhales and your exhales with laughter at the end

Exercise– Applause exercise- clap on hearing someone say something about him/her with a bust of laughter.

Exercise– Balloon-popping laughter: 2 people try to pop each others’ imaginary balloons that you imagine are attached to their ankles

Exercise– “Good Job” Laugh- Give each other “thumbs up” and “high five”, whilst laughing together at the end of a session, as a way for the group to thank and congratulate each other.

Cool down- Floor Laughter Exercises

Exercise-This is the best part of any laughter session because this is when the most people usually choose to “let go” and truly laugh. Sit down first for one or two more laughters, then lay on your back and laugh some more.

The demo went well and many people turned up. Everyone appreciated the concept and requested for more sessions. All my concerns for the demo had been sorted out and after the demo I felt confident and content.

*An Ideal session takes 30- 40 minutes, but if you are exercising alone or you are a beginner, do it according to your capacity.

*If you feel uncomfortable while performing laughter exercises, stop immediately and take a rest.

‘Laughter’ is the initial part of a human life because it is a weapon that can remove the negativity prevalent around. If we arm ourselves with laughter, it can cast aside our worries and brings us joy. As the need for a daily dose of laughter is increasing day by day, various organisations and individuals are putting their efforts to make people aware of the simple fact ‘Laughter wellness.’

 

Picture Courtesy: Google Images

Laughter Exercises source: http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/150-laughter-exercises/

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Do you know why laughter is necessary for your children?

When did your kid laugh out loudly? If you have seen him do so it’s a good sign that he has stress releasing qualities in his nature, but if he’s seen worried, anxious or stressed over his tasks in the name of competition then it’s time for you to take a strong step.

Studies have found that children between 6 and 18 need more of psychological consultation than physiological.

Well, not all childhood stress is harmful, but the requirements of today’s so called competitive lifestyle are the possible reasons of stress in children.

Give your kids a daily dose of laughter to destress them

Benefits of laughter

“Laughter opens the lungs, and opening the lungs ventilates the spirit.” ─ Unknown

  • Physical– relieves pain, increases immunity, helps sleep well,
  • Mental– develops creativity, eases the stress, affects brain positively
  • Emotional– keeps kids positive, brings happiness in them, releases inhibitions
  • Harmonious family atmosphere– strengthen relationships, defuses conflicts

How can laughter be brought in your kid’s life?

  • By laughing with your kids at home without any reason
  • By making them laugh through simulated laughter because it gradually becomes infectious
  • By encouraging them to join laughter workshops
  • By creating kid’s laughter clubs/groups in the neighbourhood

Kids can be the wonderful laughter yoga instructors of your family if given a chance!

Picture courtesy: Google Images

Inner Imposter #AtoZChallenge

Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble

Everyone thinks it’s a great leap of her career and luck, but she is surrounded with doubts!

Based on her past performance she has got the position of a ‘zonal manager’, and has to join her new office abroad.

So what’s restraining her delight?

Imposter syndrome in her rose its head, and laughed a devilish laugh.

My Theme is Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble
We all are story lovers and more than that we love to understand the emotions and feelings hidden behind those stories.
All stories carry a message, but how that message works in everyone’s life is yet another story!
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Imposter Syndrome-
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. The term was coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes.[1] Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. Some studies suggest that impostor syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women.[2]
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Harmless Halloween #AtoZChallenge

Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble

While cleaning Gavin’s room, she looked at his torch-light with astonishment. Since the day he  bought that torch from ‘Halloween-fun-fair’, half of her concerns related to her son’s problematic-behavior have disappeared.

He’s become an organised and disciplined child now, after he finishes his tasks he desperately runs to play with his new toy. He even said to her that he’s made new friends, and was happy with them.

It seems like a miracle! Why din’t she buy him such things long before? She switched the torch on out of curiosity; a wide red-beam covered a large portion of the room. She could see Gavin’s friends fading out slowly.

My Theme is Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble
We all are story lovers and more than that we love to understand the emotions and feelings hidden behind those stories.
All stories carry a message, but how that message works in everyone’s life is yet another story!
Click HERE for more information about A-Z Challenge

Gorgeous Grey #AtoZChallenge

Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble

Due to a scalp allergy Sara was strictly advised to stop using chemicals on her hair. She looked at her husband’s face and then at her dermatologist’s and walked away.

She panicked even more because a month later was their 25th anniversary party.

Sara and Jay entered the party-hall as a celebrity couple with everything perfect except grown out  grey-roots. On stage, he announced that they’re going grey because they want to embrace an ‘au naturael’ look.

He raised a toast to their transitioning grey hair, and winked at her. Sara blushed.

Jay gorgeously took Sara out of her grey situation. 

My Theme is Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble
We all are story lovers and more than that we love to understand the emotions and feelings hidden behind those stories.
All stories carry a message, but how that message works in everyone’s life is yet another story!
Click HERE for more information about A-Z Challenge

False Friendship #AtoZChallenge

Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble

Rene an ardent-admirer of her best-friend Myriah’s fashionable choices was expecting the same admiration in return because the biggest publication house was ready to publish her book on ‘FRIENDSHIP’.

“Why do books still exist in digital age Rene?” Myriah asked blandly.

Rene retorted, “as long as the stories exist, books will also exist!”

 

My Theme is Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble
We all are story lovers and more than that we love to understand the emotions and feelings hidden behind those stories.
All stories carry a message, but how that message works in everyone’s life is yet another story!
Click HERE for more information about A-Z Challenge

Eternal Empire #AtoZChallenge

Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble

Jay is nothing without his wife Rhea.

Rhea, besides being a devoted wife and a loving mother of two teenagers, is the backbone of the whole household. Her home seems like a paradise on earth.

Two years back this paradise was mine…only mine; I was the soul of this family. How fast things change in this world? But I am too glad for my family which is as happy with her as it used to be with me.

Rhea my sweet little sister sacrificed her young dreams by marrying an elderly widower to fulfill her elder sister’s promises and responsibilities.

 

 

My Theme is Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble
We all are story lovers and more than that we love to understand the emotions and feelings hidden behind those stories.
All stories carry a message, but how that message works in everyone’s life is yet another story!
Click HERE for more information about A-Z Challenge

Dazzling Desire #AtoZChallenge

Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble

Festive-promotions and crowded-shops were driving Jia crazy, but her savings weren’t enough. What was the desire of a 21 year old?

She decided something and determinedly went back home.

Next-day she asked for advance salary of four months; it was her confidence or her luck, she got it.

Triumphantly she purchased her desire which was driving her crazy. On reaching home, she shouted with excitement, ‘mom!’

Her mother’s heart  brimmed with pride on seeing that gift. It was a solitaire diamond-pendant that Jia had bought for her mother, to keep her father’s promise which he made  before he had left for the war.

My Theme is Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble
We all are story lovers and more than that we love to understand the emotions and feelings hidden behind those stories.
All stories carry a message, but how that message works in everyone’s life is yet another story!
Click HERE for more information about A-Z Challenge

Ceaseless Continuance #AtoZChallenge

Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble

Infatuation was the name given to the relationship of those teenagers, whose innocent love collapsed while taking a leap of faith over the lofty-ideals of society.

Despite the emotional injuries, they were patient and silent; they knew that the universe will conspire to make their decision happen…and it did happen…

Today is their 25th wedding anniversary!!!

 

My Theme is Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble
We all are story lovers and more than that we love to understand the emotions and feelings hidden behind those stories.
All stories carry a message, but how that message works in everyone’s life is yet another story!
Click HERE for more information about A-Z Challenge

Business Minded Benefactors #AtoZChallenge

Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble

After marrying Neil, a well-known businessman, Rhea looked forward for a hilarious and independent life, but her dreams of self-identity demolished like a sand-castle. It was a man’s-world; Neil like his father and brother found pride in only being the benefactor.

“The ladies in our family never go out to work because they are the big bosses of the family…. So dress, spend, enjoy and look after the family… that’s your only job darling”.

Being a woman of substance, easily available materialistic-happiness was not Rhea’s choice. Now it’s a cold war between the charitable-luxuries and struggling-identity.

My Theme is Coffee Time Tales- Fiction 55/drabble
We all are story lovers and more than that we love to understand the emotions and feelings hidden behind those stories.
All stories carry a message, but how that message works in everyone’s life is yet another story!
Click HERE for more information about A-Z Challenge