there are over 8,000 Laughter Clubs worldwide in over 80 countries and they are
increasing at a rapid rate as more and more people are getting tickled by the
notion of focusing on joy and positivity and adding more laughter into their lives
is an easy and enjoyable way to get there along with the focus of creating a more
oxygenated and healthier body.
Laughter Clubs began in the east where ancient Buddhists used the practice of
Laughing to release attachments. The idea to form a club to Laugh for No Reason
came to Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor who was writing an article regarding
laughter as the best medicine. He was inspired by Norman Cousins battle with a
degenerative form of arthritis that caused him to have severe pain daily. By laughing
Cousins found he could be free of medication for a period of time, using it over
time to cure himself completely. This intrigued Dr. Kataria who continued to explore
and found that by adding the dynamic effects of yogic breathing to the exercises
of laughter, the benefit to the mind and body was outstanding.
India the practice in Laughter Clubs is to begin the day with Laughter and so
it is a daily ritual for many. In the United States a laughter club may meet once
a week, twice a week or even only once a month. Consistency is the key in attendance
to begin to see the difference laughter exercise can make.
minutes of exercised laughter gives the body a wonderful cardiac exercise. If
done one time, it feels wonderfully relaxing and energizing...though those that
create a practice note many more healthy benefits for the mind, body and soul.
Like anything you practice... madness or gladness, you will surely create more
Laughter Club can be made up of all kinds of individuals as it is open to everyone
who wants to laugh with others.
happens in a Laughter Club?
variety of events can occur though the Laughter Clubs that originate from the
Laughter Yoga or World Laughter Tour, include Laughter exercises.
a Leader will begin with simple movement to loosen up the body. Instructions to
honor the body and a description of what may take place can be given so participants
know what to expect. Clapping in rhythm and sound are added and the exercises
of laughter then begin. All exercises are easily adaptable so that everyone can
participate whether standing or seated. The laughter exercises continue to get
the heart rate elevated and follows with a laughing meditation that is done with
the body in a relaxed postion. A guided relaxation is added to ground the experience.
are reminded to rehydrate as they have been exercising, whether it seems like
it or not.
Clubs are found all over the world in community centers, for corporate stress
relief, in schools
(Pre school to College) for learning benefits, as part
of an organization to reframe attitudes, in many Cancer centers for pain and stress
relief, in Medical communities for healthy living practice, in senior living facilities
to foster positive attitudes and pain and stress release.
Clubs are known for their inclusivity
is welcome and all can participate as the exercises are adjustable and easy and
all are encouraged to move at their own pace. There is no right or wrong way to
participate and much like life, you get out of it what you put into it.
to set up your own Laughter Club?
Group or Organization can benefit
from regular laughter sessions
of a laughter club as a tool for Stress Release or simply releasing the
stress through regular practice... going from stressings to blessings. Pain management,
more effective breathing, remembering joy, creating a happier focus, becoming
more positive in your everyday, this and so much more is what a laughter club
can do for any community!
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