~ Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing.
~Laughter is initially simulated as a physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting childlike playfulness. This will, in most cases, become real and contagious laughter.
~The concept is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter if done with willingness. One gets the same health benefits, whether laughter is real or simulated.
~Laughter Yoga is the only technique that allows adults to achieve sustained hearty laughter without involving cognitive thought. It bypasses the intellectual systems that normally act as a brake on natural laughter.
The session starts with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, chanting, clapping and body movement. These help breakdown inhibitions and develop feelings of childlike playfulness. Breathing exercises are used to prepare the lungs for laughter followed by a series of "laughter exercises" that combine the method of acting and visualisation techniques with playfulness. The session ends with a "Laughter Meditation" whereby participants sit or lie down and allow natural laughter to flow from within like a fountain. This is generally followed by guided relaxation exercises.