Tonight our new friend Faye has generously offered to guide us in Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yoga is a physically-oriented technique that uses a perfect blend of playful, empowering and otherwise "tension-releasing" laughter and breathing exercises. These exercises are simple, structured and based on the philosophy of "acting happiness." They are appropriate and beneficial for all. You do not need to have a sense of humor, be happy or have any reason to laugh.
10 reported benefits from laughing: Laughter is a stress buster, it strengthens the immune system, is anti-aging, is considered aerobic exercise, it's a natural pain killer, it can control high blood pressure, it can reduce anxiety and depression, it improves our sense of humor, it alleviates bronchitis and asthma and finally, it just makes you feel good!
We will begin the evening with a centering exercise followed by an abbreviated 25 minute guided Metta (loving-Kindness) meditation. Please join us for something a little different!
**SUNDAY TIME: In 2013 we will be returning to our original meeting time of 7:00pm so please arrive as close to 7:00pm as possible. We will begin our meditation at 7:15pm. This meetup should end by approximately 9:15pm.
**SUNDAY LOCATION: We are located at the intersection of Pfingsten & Maria (northwest corner). That's between Dundee & Lake Cook across from Underwriters Laboratories. If you you need additional help, please contact me prior to the closing of RSVP's & I will provide you with my cell #.
FORMAT: We will begin with some basic yoga stretches followed by a short centering exercise, introductions and then some brief instruction before beginning our practice described as follows: We will sit in silence for two fifteen minute sessions focusing on our breath as the meditation object. There will be a short break between the sessions for new practitioners to pause and readjust themselves if need be. More experienced meditators may practice all the way through both sessions without pausing if they so choose. When we finish there will be a shared reading, time for questions, reflection and mingling for those who would like to participate.
FYI: Chairs will be available for those who prefer to use them. For those who choose to sit on the floor, blankets, cushions & floorchairs are available but feel free to bring your own, meditation bench, pillow, yoga mat or zafu cushion if you prefer.
COST: A voluntary donation of $1.00 to help cover expenses would be most appreciated but is by no means expected.
If you have any questions about this particular sitting or our meetup group in general, please feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to sitting in practice and sharing energy in the present moment with all who choose to attend. Namaste, Mark Z