If you’re considering or are unsure of whether to join a Laughter Club or bring it to your workplace or organisation have a read of this brilliant article from Perth, Australia – it may just tempt you to give it a try!
“Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
The first time I had ever heard of it was the beginning of this year, when I stumbled upon it completely by accident. Early one Saturday morning, I loaded a couple of friends into my car and made our way to a free yoga class at Scarborough beach- courtesy of the Fringe World festival.
Loaded up with our foam mats and clad in Lycra workout gear, we took our place amongst a hundred or so others, all ready for a run of the mill yoga class. It was then that our instructor explained that what we would be doing instead was Laughter Yoga.
I’ll admit, I was skeptical as we all looked around at each other perplexed. Instead of stretching into a downward dog or a salute to the sun pose, we were asked to clap along to a repeated mantra of ‘ho, ho, ha ha ha’ and use our imagination to act out ‘scenarios’ such as pretending to pop bubbles of laughter.
At first I was hesitant, as I thought ‘I look silly’, ‘those people over there are going to judge me’, ‘this is ridiculous’, but after a couple of minutes I realised, ‘we are ALL doing this, we ALL look silly!’
Escape from the Daily Grind
That in essence, is the beauty of it! There were people of all ages and genders embracing it, running around holding each-others hands, jumping up and down saying ‘yay, yay, yay!’ and it was freeing. We were able to let go of our seriousness and revert back to the lovely playfulness we had as carefree children. It allowed us to connect with complete strangers, and the fake laughing soon became genuine.
It was an escape from the daily grind, and the laughter and silliness left me feeling lighter and happier. It got me thinking about all of the groups within our society who could especially benefit from Laughter Yoga, as well as the everyday Joe. I was interested in finding out more, which led me to talk to the very intelligent and extremely wonderful Janni Goss- or as she is also known, The Laughter Lady.
Trained in Laughter Yoga by Madan Kataria himself (the man who started it all back in 1995), Janni has been practising and leading Laugher Yoga for 16 years. As well as being an ambassador for Laughter Yoga, Janni is also a professional conference speaker and wellbeing educator, who was formerly a lecturer in paediatrics in the school of physiotherapy.”
The full article can be found here: http://perthunderground.com.au/blog/laughter-yoga