I'm sure you have heard the phrase "Laughter is the best medicine"
The average child laughs between 300 and 400 times per day. By the time we reach adulthood we are reduced to laughing, on average, only 12 times a day! Laughter has been proven to reduce stress, pain, and depression while improving creativity, physical vitality and a sense of well being.
During a laughter session you will be led through a series of breathing exercises, gentle movement, and simulated laughter. Developed by Indian physician, Dr. Madan Kataria, laughter sessions are designed to help people connect with their inner child and re-discover joy, spontaneity, and creativity.
You will laugh like you have never laughed before, and you will leave refreshed and invigorated. You will do this for no reason at all, except improving your health and well-being. People of all ages, religions and ethnicities laugh together. It is a great way to build bridges and promote peace in the community.
Laughter sessions are for all people - all ages and all abilities. Specific exercises can be modified to suit the abilities of the participant. Anyone can participate and everyone can benefit.
About Laughter Sessions with Sample Exercises
Benefits of a Laughter Session
Massages internal organs
Improves respiratory functions
Releases anxiety and stress
Stimulates digestion and internal organs
Improves communication and connection
Enhnances mood and lifts the spirits
Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system
Oxygenates the blood
Increases lung capacity
Improves blood circulation
Boosts immune system
Laughter also helps to rid the mind of negativity as it is impossible to laugh while being angry, fearful, anxious, etc. Laughter brings us into the present moment
Questions and Registration Link
What can I expect during a Laughter Session? A typical Laughter Session lasts 60 – 90 minutes and includes: a vocal warm-up, simulated laughter exercises, gentle movement, deep (diaphragmatic) breathing, humming and a laughter meditation. Be prepared to laugh yourself silly and have fun, feel refreshed, invigorated, and relaxed.
What do I need (to bring)? Wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle and your biggest, brightest smile. You will need an open mind, a willingness to try something new, and an adventurous spirit. No yoga mat required.
When is the next Laughter Session? The next session is being offered on Friday November 16, 2018 @ 6:00pm in Squamish. You can register using the button below.
The cost is by donation and the suggested donation is $0 - $10 at the door.