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Laughter Yoga and the meaning of “Yoga”

Image result for laughter quotesThere are various wonderful Yoga disciplines with Laughter Yoga being just one. The word “Yoga” means Unity or Union. Though many people think of yoga as a physical exercise there is much more to it than that. It teaches us about our sense of self and to become aware of our ultimate nature – of inner peace and wisdom. Many of us are accustomed to looking outside of ourselves for fulfilment whether it be in the material world that we live in or relying on others to give us that fulfilment. We are living in a world that conditions us to believe that outer attainments can give us what we want – that external conditions can provide us with the joy and happiness that we strive for. But nothing could be further from the truth. Laughter Yoga teaches us ways to find that joy and inner peace within ourselves – however deep it is buried. It teaches us awareness of re-discovering our own playfulness and laughter.
It promotes the idea that our feelings are ours to control and that how we respond to different events is down to us – we can choose to be angry, jealous, stressed or bitter OR we can choose to deal with it in a more positive way.
Laughter Yoga does not make light or belittle the physical, emotional or psychological pain that you may be feeling but teaches you ways to cope with life’s challenges and does not require the suppleness.
And with all the joy that Laughter Yoga brings we also get the many other health benefits too – the reduction in the stress hormone cortisol and the increased production in the beneficial hormones of endorphins, serotonin and oxytocin. It can lower blood pressure, relieve pain, boost our immune system, massage internal organs, oxygenise blood and all major organs giving us a great energy boost. It can lift depression, help us to diffuse painful emotions and bond with others and really lift our mood. But you really don’t need a reason to do Laughter Yoga. It is for everyone to enjoy and once you know the techniques can be done anywhere, any time.
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