Laughter yoga is a unique form of exercise that combines yogic breathing techniques with intentional laughter exercises. It was developed in the mid-1990s by Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from India, and has since spread to countries around the world. In laughter yoga, participants engage in a series of playful exercises that involve laughter, deep breathing, and stretching. Laughter yoga is based on the concept that laughter is a natural form of medicine that can reduce stress, boost the immune system, and promote feelings of happiness and connection. By engaging in intentional laughter exercises, participants are able to tap into the healing power of laughter and experience the many benefits that come with it, including feelings of joy, relaxation, and well-being.
Laugh without any reason. This is a fundamental laughter yoga exercise that can help initiate genuine laughter.
Greet each other with laughter instead of words.
Pretend to hold a milkshake in your hand and take a sip, while making a "mmm" sound.
Cell phone laughter
Pretend to answer a cell phone and laugh as if you're talking to someone funny.
Roar like a lion and laugh.
Pretend to have an argument and resolve it with laughter.
Dance and laugh at the same time.
Laugh silently by moving your shoulders up and down.
Stand in a circle and laugh together.
Laugh so hard that your belly hurts.
Hug someone and laugh together.
Start laughing and let it spread throughout the group.
Witty one-liner laughter
Take turns telling jokes and laughing.
Pretend to be a baby and laugh.
Pretend to be drunk and laugh.
Combine laughter with yoga poses.
Make animal noises and laugh.
"Laughter Yoga: Daily Practices for Health and Happiness" by Madan Kataria and Jeffrey Briar: This book is a comprehensive guide to laughter yoga, including the science and history behind the practice, as well as a variety of laughter exercises and techniques.
"Laughter Yoga: Laugh It Off!" by Annette Goodheart: This book presents a series of laughter yoga exercises and techniques for managing stress, improving communication, and fostering a positive outlook on life.
"Laughter Yoga: A Complete Guide to Laughter for Health and Happiness" by Swami Ambikananda Saraswati: This book explores the benefits of laughter yoga for physical and mental health, as well as providing a variety of exercises and techniques for incorporating laughter into daily life.
"Laugh for No Reason" by Madhuri Kataria: This book provides a practical guide to laughter yoga, including a variety of laughter exercises and techniques for reducing stress, boosting mood, and improving overall health and wellbeing.
"Laughter Yoga: Exercises, Jokes and Spiritual Stories" by Vijayakar S. Jaiswal: This book includes a variety of laughter yoga exercises and techniques, as well as jokes and spiritual stories to inspire and uplift readers.