What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter yoga is an exercise routine that is sweeping the world and is a complete well-being workout. It was developed in India in the mid-1990s.

The concept of laughter yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. Because it follows a body-mind approach to laughter, participants do not need to have a sense of humor, know jokes or even be happy. The invitation is to “laugh for no reason,“ faking it until it becomes real.

Clinical research conducted at Bangalore, India, and in the U.S. has proven that laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc.) in the blood. Laughter has been proven to strengthen immune functions, foster positive feelings and improve interpersonal skills.

Read more about laughter yoga and view it taking place on the Laughter Online University website. Then register for the Oct. 6-8 Laughing Matters retreat, where you can experience laughter yoga with workshop leader Trixie Richter.