The Broadstairs Laughter Club has run successfully for a year and I’ve been delighted with it and what it has provided here in Thanet, as are the many members who attend (up to 20 wonderful men and women every month). However, my personal circumstances have changed and as such require that I stop the monthly Laughter Yoga Club.
The club has now stopped and will not be running on Thursday the 6th of November 2014, I have asked the Portland Centre to put a note on the door saying ‘Laughter Club No Longer Running’ for those who turn up for the club that are not on e-mail/my lists, so that they know.
I wanted to let you all know and say thank you so very much for the time I’ve had and the laughter I have enjoyed in the monthly clubs with all of you
I’ve left details below re what happens in a Laughter Club for those of you who are interested and of course you can find other leaders, teachers and Laughter Events on the www.laughteryoga.org website.
Thank you xx
What Is Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga is a unique way of exercising. It combines unconditional laughter with breathing exercises (the yoga part of Laughter Yoga). It is easy to learn and no previous experience is required to enjoy a session.
What Should I Wear?
Come along dressed comfortably with shoes, nothing tight or restrictive around your waist.
Will I have to sit or lie on the floor?
No, the laughter exercises will be standing and sitting on chairs and relaxation will be seated too. This is so that everyone can join in easily.
Do I need to bring any equipment?
No, just yourself.
I see that it is a Laughter “Club”, do I need to become a member?
No, you can simply come along and join in on the monthly club date whenever you can make it. You are always welcome.
What Happens in a Session?
Laughter Yoga sessions start with gentle warm-up techniques which can include stretching, chanting, clapping and body movement. These help everyone feel more comfortable and relaxed, it is light and playful, nothing strenuous at all.
We do breathing exercises to prepare ourselves for laughter, followed by a series of ‘laughter exercises’. These exercises allow us to experience longer, hearty laughter and then we do breathing breaks in between the laughter exercises. Scientifically it has been proven that 20 minutes of laughter is sufficient to develop full mind-body benefits.
The Laughter Yoga session may finish with ‘laughter meditation’ where we allow natural laughter to flow or simple guided relaxation. These sessions can really lift the spirits and allow you to experience a feeling of release and joyfulness that sometimes lasts for days.
What are the Benefits of Laughter Yoga?
The benefits are numerous and include releasing stress, letting go of the blues, boosting your immune system, feeling more connected with others, big problems feeling smaller and more manageable, increased creativity and productivity, feeling healthier in your body, increased energy and oxygen, better sleep. Most of all it is good fun and a great laugh which is why I’m running the club so come along and see what it does for you.
When not to do Laughter Yoga
Laughter yoga is a fun and healthy exercise regime with beneficial effects for the body, mind and emotions. Like any form of aerobic exercise, it should not be practised by people with medical problems without first taking advice from their medical practitioner.
Laughter yoga should not be considered as a substitute for proper medical consultation for physical, mental and psychological illnesses.
It may not be suitable for everyone. Laughing involves some physical strain and a rise in intra-abdominal pressure. It is contraindicated for people suffering from:
- Advanced (bleeding) piles
- Any kind of hernia
- Any persistent cough
- Anything with acute symptoms
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Incontinence of urine
- Major psychiatric disorders
- Severe backache
- Or having undergone surgery within the last 3 months
This list is for guidance only and is not meant to be exhaustive. If in doubt, first consult a trained medical professional for guidance. Anyone already undergoing physician-prescribed therapy should seek the advice of their doctor before reducing or stopping such treatment.
Please use your common sense. If during a session you feel sudden or new pain please leave the session immediately, or advise your Laughter Yoga Leader/Teacher if you require assistance.
Any questions? Contact Caroline