What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is fast sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout. It is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician from Mumbai who started the first laughter club in a park on 13th March 1995, with just 5 people. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 social laughter clubs in 60 countries like India, USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, Iran, Dubai, Bahrain, Israel, Tunisia, Jordan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam and many more.
Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (PRANAYAMA).Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.Laughter boosts the immune system,reduces the stress hormone cortisol in your body,increases circulation,is an aerobic exercise and very impotantly releases "feel good" endorphines that make you feel relaxed and happy.
This innovative concept has been widely accepted all over the world and has been written about in prestigious publications like TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Daily Telegraph (UK) and many others. Laughter clubs were also featured on Oprah Winfrey Show, BBC, CNN, ZDF (Germany) NHK (Japan), ABC news (USA) and many other TV networks around the world. Several documentaries have also been shown in different languages worldwide. This strong media coverage has helped to spread Laughter Yoga to almost every part of the world with more and more people joining the laughter family. For more information of Laughter Yoga visit www.laughteryoga.org
Kimmy took Laughter Yoga to Rwanda to share the benefits of laughter with all Rwandese.She did sessions assisted by Banamungu Idi with the children and teachers of Intware Primary School in the ghettos of Nyamirambo,Aids effected children at Amahoro,on Kigali radio stations and began and ended the Clay Therapy training with Laughter Yoga.Because laughter makes you feel happy and relaxed Kimmy felt it would be extremely beneficial for the participants of the Clay Therapy to help them cope with their healing processes.Rwandese love laughing and playfullness and embraced the fun activities done to induce laughter.In 2013 Kimmy will facilitate a certified Laughter Yoga Facilitators training so that the first Rwandan Laughter Yoga Club can begin giggling,gafawing,cacking and belly laughing!!LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!!!VERY GOOD VERY GOOD YAY!!NBIZA CYANE YAY!
To watch the children of Intware Primary loving Laughter Yoga go to youtu.be/m8fQmhew6r8