• Laughter Yoga Workshop at St Andrew's Hall, Chesterton CB4 1DH

    St Andrew's Hall


    We do not do yoga stretches. It is laughter exercises combined with yogic deep breathing techniques. You do not need any equipment. Wear something comfortable, bring some water and your willingness to have fun and be playful. Everyone wants laughter and happiness in their lives. Laughter Yoga is an exercise routine that is sweeping the world and is a complete well-being workout, designed by a medical doctor from India, Dr Madran Kataria. The concept is based on the scientific fact that our brain cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. It creates feel good hormones either way, to which we add yogic breathing technique for added well-being. Benefits of Laughter Yoga: good mood and more laughter; healthy exercise (it's like an aerobic exercise); reduces stress and strengthens the immune system; great for team bonding. Laughter is a positive energy that improves quality of life. It helps to create a positive mental state, giving hope and optimism. Read the CONTRA-INDICATIONS before booking please: Laughter Yoga is not a substitute for medical consultation for physical, mental and psychological illnesses, but is a powerful natural complementary form of healing. It is like any other aerobic exercise and may not be suitable for everyone as it involves some physical strain and a rise in intra-abdominal pressure. Some people may have pre-existing medical conditions and should take reasonable precaution before doing laughter exercises (or any form of exercise). It is contra-indicated for people suffering from - any kind of hernia, heart disease with angina pain, persistent cough with breathlessness, uncontrolled high blood pressure, urine incontinence, epilepsy, advanced (bleeding) piles and haemorrhoids or any bleeding tendencies in any part of the body, severe backache, any acute symptoms of cough, cold and fever. People who have undergone major surgery should wait at least three months before doing Laughter Yoga. If in doubt, first consult a medical professional for guidance. Anyone undergoing physician-prescribed therapy that experiences improvements through laughter should seek the advice of their doctor before reducing dosage or stopping treatment. Relative contra-indications - Those suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure but are stable on medication and can take a brisk walk for 30 minutes without any symptoms can do Laughter Yoga with advice from medical specialists. People who have had surgery can also do Laughter Yoga after their stress test is normal. Pregnancy is also a relative contra-indication. Women with previous history of miscarriages and those who are in advanced stage of pregnancy should take medical advice from specialists before doing the exercises. People suffering from minor and major psychiatric disorders can participate in a laughter session except those who are not in touch with reality, e.g. schizophrenia, hyper-mania (manic part of bipolar depression). Laughter Yoga is like any other aerobic exercise. Should you experience any discomfort, please discontinue and get medical advice. Please use your common sense. If you feel sudden or new pain during the session, please leave the session immediately, or advise the leader if you require assistance. Minor discomforts after doing Laughter Yoga - Some people complain about mild headache after doing the exercises. This is quite common, and it settles down on its own. However, if it continues it may be due to excessive force being applied during the exercises. Take it easy, do the exercises gently. Put emphasis on feelings rather than applying force. We have had many people suffering from migraine headaches for years who have benefited from doing Laughter Yoga. As one reason for migraine attacks is stress and pent-up emotions, Laughter Yoga can act like an emotional release. Another common complaint is throat irritation or mild cough. This is also quite normal. Be reassured and just do not laugh too hard