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You did what?

“I did laughter yoga.”

Yoga, what?

“Laughter yoga.”

You’re just making that up.

“No, I’m not. It’s real and I went to a laughter yoga session.”

I still don’t believe you.

“Well, it’s true.”

Yes, I did go to a laughter yoga session. Talk to me a few weeks ago and I didn’t even know laughter yoga was a real thing. Then, I learn from a friend that she’s been going to laughter yoga and she convinced me to try it out. If you follow, you’ll know I’m incredibly lazy so it’s not easy to get me to try new things but I have to admit, I was intrigued.

My friend told me laughing, even fake laughing or laughing that  you make yourself do, generates all this goodness inside your body. Stress levels are reduced, your mood gets lifted, and apparently, there a lot of health benefits to laughter yoga. The best part is she always has a great sleep after laughter yoga.

The laughter yoga session was affordable and children were welcome so I decided to go with my daughter.

Can I tell you, we had a blast!!!

Tell me, tell me, what happened in laughter yoga? pic - kid picI don’t even know where to begin but I can tell you that my big kid and I felt incredibly awkward and nervous about the whole thing. I mean, we laugh all the time but it’s a completely new experience to actually attend a laughter yoga session where you’re going to be laughing for the entire hour.

All I can say is, I’m so glad we went to laughter yoga. It was so lively and so carefree and so uplifting. With nerves and all, we began the laughter yoga session laughing artificially. Next thing you know, we find ourselves laughing sincerely as the group played various laughter yoga games.

We imagined being in a laughter symphony. Instead of singing, we laughed different notes as instructed by our ‘conductor’. The soloists performed their show stopping laughter pieces and it was absolutely hilarious! Fake or not, hearing someone laugh, hearing your own laughter makes for a very giggly environment. Within 10 minutes, my big kid and I found ourselves yawning and we weren’t the only ones.

Everyone laughed within their comfort zone and it was just a very fun and relaxing environment to be in. An hour doesn’t seem like a very long time but I tell you, by the end of it we were all yawning and relaxed beyond relaxed.

The icing on the cake came at the very end when we spent the last 10 minutes laughing continuously. Apparently, the true benefit of laughter yoga comes in these last 10 minutes of continuous laughing. The rest of the time was really just warm up to get you all fired up and ready for it.

The end result? The big kid and I left laughter yoga feeling completely relaxed and at ease. My stomach muscles actually hurt from all the laughing! We fell asleep quickly and deeply. The next day, we both woke up a lot lighter and refreshed.

Just a Thought… pic - happy sun eco planetThere is something to be said for trying something new and in this case, laughter yoga was something very new for both my daughter and I. Laughter yoga was a lot of fun and so rewarding. My daughter loved all the different games and laughing scenarios. She talked about them for days afterwards. We’ve only been to laughter yoga once and we can see the benefits. There’s a lighter mood and feel to what we do in our daily lives almost like a positive perception check. We can’t wait to go back again!

Things to do: see if there’s a laughter yoga session near you. Then, try it out!


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