What to Expect
Anatomy of a Typical Laughter Class
A typical laughter class begins with some guided relaxation and breathing.
This is followed by a series of "laughter exercises" which initiate laughter in your body and laughing together. This also includes cultivating playfulness and imagination.It is always lead by Niall and Sharyn and is very simple to follow and play along with.
The final part of the class ends with a laughter meditation. This is where we laugh continuosly for 5 - 10 mins for no reason whatsoever. This is like the cherry on top of a cake where you can really let go and allow the laughter to run through your body. Laughter comes easy at this stage as the class previous to this has been preparing your mind and body for it.
Yoga is a sanskrit word meaning to join or to unite. In this case it is uniting through laughter. Union with the true nature of your self, and also union with others. Laughter is a universal language that can be shared between people no matter what age, sex or society you come from. Laughter Yoga is unconditional laughing, without the need of jokes or humour. Laughter is initiated through body exercises, childlike playfulness and eye contact. Laughter Yoga is effective because the body cannot tell the difference between whether it is real or fake. It is proven that fake laughter is as beneficial as real laughter. The body can not tell the difference. Being in the environment surrounded by laughing people, it is very easy to forget ourselves and get caught up in the silliness of it all! And that's what its all about.
Laughter Yoga is usually performed in groups of 8 or more people, so the initially fake laughter turns into genuine fits of giggles. It's a great way to exercise your abdominal muscles and internal organs. It is as beneficial as any cardiovascular exercise. Whether you want a workout or you just want a laugh and a sense of connection, come and join our next class of laughter :)