Article by Teena Hooda
The origins of laughter yoga date back to the early ’90s, formulated in the laughter clubs of Dr Madan Kataria, India. What was earlier just a group of people gathering at parks and open spaces to practice voluntary laughter, with the integration of yogic philosophies, created a unique new form called Laughter yoga.
Over many years laughter has universally been regarded as ‘the best medicine’, with ample medical evidence to support this claim. Laughter boosts the immune system, protecting it from contracting diseases. Prevention is indeed better than cure!
Laughter essentially does the opposite of what anger does. It elevates your mood and mental state while you laugh and for a while well after!
A good sense of humour also gives you a fantastic perspective and purpose towards life. It allows you to laugh at yourselves in times of folly and take problems lightly to tackle them head-on.
Much like the practice of traditional forms of yoga, laughter yoga lightens the spirit and brings the union of mind, body, and soul through laughter, breathwork, and slow movement.
You know what they say a giggle, a snicker and a laugh a day keeps the doctor away.