World Laughter Day takes place on the first Sunday in May. The event began in 1998 and was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.

We all feel better after a good laugh, and this is because laughing releases stress, worries and fears and releases endorphines into the body. Laughter Yoga is all about letting go, being silly and getting playful.

We start by bringing our attention into the body with some Yoga Asanas (postures), Nada Yoga (sound) and Breath Techniques. This is followed by Laughter Yoga techniques to free our inner giggles, open the heart and bond with our fellow Kulis whilst creating a sense of connection and community.

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is becoming incredibly popular throughout 2019, and has even featured on This Morning Television. The simple idea behind the practice explores the idea that the body cannot distinguish between genuine and forced laughter, and so you receive the same benefits. In essence, the body can’t tell we’re faking it. These benefits include

  • increased oxygen intake and blood flow,
  • improved blood vessel function
  • lowers blood pressure.
  • boosts energy
  • releases stress
  • improves focus
  • aids grounding and relaxation
  • boosts self esteem
  • releases muscular tension
  • improved mental state
  • strengthens the immune system

During this type of yoga, you’re making use of your diaphragmatic breathing – these full belly laughs bring the greatest benefits. Laughter is an effective anti-stress emotion-filled activity and one of the best muscle relaxants. It is also proven to reduce the levels of stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol.

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We recently collaborated with HSBC on a Laughter Yoga event, with Senior Yoga Teacher Julia Knight for an afternoon of team bonding, laughter, meditation and relaxation.

HSBC Laughter Yoga

Learn more

Below you’ll find a video with Laughter Yoga developer Dr. Madan Kataria, discussing the concept, experience and scientifically proven benefits of the practice.

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If you’d like to work with us on a corporate event, get in touch by emailing info@yogakulaleeds.co.uk and we’ll be more than happy to deliver a bespoke session for you.

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