What is laughter yoga?
Eliminating stress from our lives seems to be something impossible to do. Nobody has found a solution to solve this problem or at least that’s what most people think. This is probably one of the reasons why you will find this article very interesting for your personal knowledge. We will discuss laughter therapy also known as laughter yoga. It’s probably the best time to remember what the laughter can do for us, and about what this treatment really is. Someone is telling jokes there or what? Does it really work? Who invented it? These are just a few questions a skeptic person may have in his mind. This is why I invite you to discover the answers by continuing to read the following rows.
How laughter yoga therapy showed up?
As you may imagine, the people who brought this wonderful idea were the Chinese. This stress relief method is also known as de Mandarin Laughter therapy. You may wonder why people think that it works. All you have to do is remember how were you when you were a child, or watch your own children how they play and how they laugh with no restrictions. This is making them happy. They have the serenity that you lost along the way.
Their laughter makes you feel less worried and relaxes you. Imagine how you will feel if you were in their skin. This is how laughter works. People forgot its benefits. Even when you stay and watch something funny, you don’t release that feeling entirely. I heard many people who say that they haven’t laughed in years.
How this therapy works?
You should not imagine that at these therapy sessions you would go and hear jokes. You may also wonder why you cannot do this thing at home. The answer at this question is quite simple. Adults rarely laugh on their own. They are ashamed of their own persons. This may be one reason why people are skeptic about these therapies. They do not want to look ridiculous. Nevertheless, this is the main key of these therapies.
All people there are the same. You may not know each other, you don’t know who the person next you is and this is one reason why you can relax and be yourself. Laugh can relax your entire body. You will be able to forget about all the daily worries and just laugh. The atmosphere provided by the locations where these sessions are hold is specially created so you will completely relax and forget about the outside world.
Most people know that laughter is contagious. Seeing other people laughing will make you laugh as well. The laughter you will see at the people who join such sessions is not a regular one. As it was already mentioned, no one is telling stupid jokes to cause this reaction. People at these sessions are encouraged to laugh of themselves and with others. They don’t laugh of anyone.
They just laugh together. Maybe the only thing they laugh about, is about their own lives and difficulties. Like that, they can see all their problems in another manner.
Adults do not have kids’ spontaneity. They are trained to control their feelings and gestures. At these sessions, you can feel as a child again and forget about all the restrictions our society imposed. You may wonder how you can laugh just like that, with no reason. Someone who tries to find any reason for that has all the chances to fail. Besides relaxing yourself you will be able to adjust your breathing. Your lungs will be put to work, your heart as well. It is like a therapy for your entire organism.
There are some rules. When you join such group, in time you may feel more relaxed next to certain people. You can be split in groups but this does not mean that you must ignore the others. Some people also called these sessions as ”crazy laughter” sessions. At least if you do such thing in our society people will see you as a crazy person. You may have noticed that the yogis are usually happy people with a very visible aura. This happens because they see things differently than we do. They are not restricted by the worlds’ opinion about them. We want to be this way but we know that our society does not allow these outputs.
So, why shouldn’t you find a place where you can find the yogis’ serenity inside your own person. This type of laughter must not be forced. At the beginning of these sessions and at their end you will be taught how to meditate properly so the laughter will come naturally. You will not feel forced to laugh so you can fit in properly inside the group. You will just feel the need to do it. It will be like eating chocolate when you are in a restrictive diet.
What this therapy can do for your health?
All of us know what the stress can cause. All of us felt it. We are its victims every day. The question is what this specific laughter therapy can do for us. I already said that it will reduce stress’ effects accumulated during the day. After trying such therapy, you will notice that your sleeping issues will vanish in the thin air.
You will be able to have a healthier sleep and you will feel rested and prepared for another day at work. Also the all known migraines will be history after such session. The muscular tensions will be reduced. The infections frequency will be reduced as well. Depression will no longer be able to overwhelm our brains. Things like personal frustrations and irritability will have a decreased intensity.
Other things that you may never believed that the mandarin laughter therapies could do for you is to solve frigidity issues, concentration issues, the lack of appetite, bad mood issues but it can also reduce the need of alcohol and cigarettes in our lives. Many people drink or smoke so they can relax a bit when they are too stressed. These habits are not healthy at all and we are fooling ourselves that they have this stress relief effect on us. In fact all they do is to help depression install faster. They can lead to behavioral changes and not in a good way.
Laughter therapy for lonely people
This therapy also helps people to socialize. I know many persons who are great people but they are considered unsociable. They are not spontaneous and they never express their feelings. In our society, this may be a good thing but for their health is far from being right.
By keeping all their real feelings locked inside they will collect so much frustration that one day, they may burst. For such people the laughter therapy is the best solution. They can say good-bye to any inhibitions they may have, they will gain the missing spontaneity, and they will learn to socialize with people of any age and with various daily occupations.
Considering that it can provide so many good things for you and for your health and the fun you will feel during these sessions and long time afterwards, this is something that all people, of any age including you must try. You may not have the best results from the first session. You need a bit of practice but once you get it, you will feel perfect.
After all these things being said, you will know if this therapy is something you need. My personal opinion is that all of us need it. We should give up to any skeptic ideas that may pass through our brains and try it at least once. You will see that it can do wonders for you and will help you get away from the daily stress and routine.