Research has proved that just 10-20 minutes of fake or real laughter has a profound impact on life.
Laughter Yoga is a unique concept of unconditional laughter according to which anyone can laugh for no reason at all. It doesn’t rely on jokes, humour or comedy. It initiates laughter as a form of exercise in a group and as the session progresses, laughter becomes real and contagious.
The name laughter yoga is derived from combining yogic breathing (pranayama) with laughter exercises. This effective blend allows for multiple health benefits, primarily increasing the suply of oxygen and boosting the immune system. It energizes and recharges the metabolism making one feel fresh and energetic.
Here is where NLP comes in. You don’t need to be in a good mood to be able to laugh. There is a well-established link between the body and the mind. Whatever happens to the mind will reflect on your body, as for example, when you are sad, you walk slowly, talk slowly, your body looks sad. And it works the other way round too. If you act happy, walk happy, smile… your mind will get the happy message and will react that way.
With laughter yoga you will develop positive conditioning of joy and bodily experience of laughter after only a few sessions. By repeating these exercises the brain develops new neuronal connections to produce happy neuropeptides and hormones in the body that can be triggered by the repetition of this physical action.
This programming is called “anchoring” in NLP language. By performing a joyful anchor action with the body, the mind can experience the emotion of joy complete with the chemical reactions it triggers.
Written by: Patricia Piper