Wednesday, January 20, 2010

LAUGHTER TRULY IS THE BEST MEDICINE

I've just received my certification as a Laughter Yoga leader of Dr Madan Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga.

What is Laughter Yoga? It's a "blend of yogic deep breathing, stretching, and laughter exercises that cultivate childlike playfulness". A typical laughter session lasts 30 minutes.
With natural disasters happening around us, and racial/religious tension simmering everywhere, this may not seem like the best of times to enjoy mirthful laughter. But perhaps that's exactly the medicine we need right now.




Indeed research reveals that children on average laugh 500 times a day, but adults only 18 times! Have we lost the ability to laugh, to feel good? Consider some of the many benefits of laughter:

~ it boosts the immune system

~ it is a natural pain killer

~ it energizes you

~ it relaxes you

~ it is anti-ageing

You can also practise laughter yoga to manage corporate stress and increase productivity. If only Parliament and Cabinet meetings started with a laughter yoga session! Laughter sessions have also been successfully introduced in hospitals, schools, senior citizens homes, prisons, factories and other workplaces. Below are video clips on Laughter Yoga from Discovery Channel and CNN.









The first Laughter Club was started in Mumbai in 1995 with only five people, including the founder Dr Madan Kataria and his wife. Today there are over 6000 clubs in more than 55 countries, and the number is increasing.

There is already a club in Johor Baru, and one in KL/PJ soon. Public laughter yoga sessions are conducted free of charge. The Star has done a 3-page cover story on laughter yoga, and also reported on a session at Subang Ria Park.

World Laughter Day is celebrated on 2 May.


With Lee-Jean who was personally trained by Dr Kataria

Remember: You don't stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop laughing.



5 comments:

JB LAUGHERS said...

Hi! Laughter Yoga Leader Lily... Hohohahaha....I like your blog, so professionally done...Yes..Laughter truly is the best medicine.

Anonymous said...

NOW can laugh : 8 arson suspects were arrested & the 1st ONE got badly burnt !!...hahahahaha !

foodbin said...

this post reminds me of last week dinner where a friend cracked jokes that made all of us laughed until our tummy ache but one guy laughed until he broke into tears-for eight times ! is it normal?

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CheaHS@n said...

Laugh and the whole world laugh with you..great post. Thanks