Laughter Yoga and All about It

Laughter Yoga

This is now a new term. We all know about yoga, power yoga, but what laughter yoga is. This is also a new exercise form akin to internal exercise; the best part promotes and uses laughter as a form of physical exercise. This yoga involves eye contact, jokes, and playfulness among the participants. Oh, forgot to tell you, it is practiced in groups.

Laughter is more contagious than bacteria, and we obviously do not need to explain why it is important to us. Let us tell you, it has been found that laughter involves muscles that help to reduce wrinkles. What more do you want to have other than getting over from stress? There are multiple benefits of laughter yoga which makes it an inseparable part of assisted living homes in OKC.

How to Practice

The classes of this yoga typically start with normal conversation and participants talk about laughter. Next, all of them are asked to stretch and practice a few breathing exercises. After that laughter yoga session starts and ends up with silent meditation.

During this session, participants should laugh and it has to come from the diaphragm. Laughter with full belly involvement gives the most of the benefits. The basic four steps are:

  • Clapping and chanting

  • Breathing

  • Playfulness

  • Laughter yoga exercises

Benefits

Benefits

Laughing for a period gives the body immense benefits, therefore, in the classes; participants have to laugh for 15-20 minutes. It increases oxygen supply in blood, improves blood circulation and oxygen intake, helps in breathing problems. It has been seen that senior citizens with high blood pressure living in assisted living homes in OKC got it lowered after each session.

This exercise can be compared to low-intensity cardiovascular exercises for senior people. Laughter undoubtedly is a good stress buster, relieves tension and the list is unending.

What Happens?

There are benefits of this yoga on the body from several aspects.

Body: It makes a person feel relaxed, happy, releases stress and pain.

Mind: It makes mind healthier and active.

Emotions: You will be more grounded.

Social: It will make you more connected socially.

In Redhaven Care Homes, we follow laughter yoga therapy for our residents. It makes them active and spiritual. For the best assisted living home in OKC, you have to come to us to witness a big change in your life.