I had the opportunity to learn Laughter Yoga Teacher Training Course directly under Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga International (www.laughteryoga.org).
Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.
Laughter is initiated as an exercise in a group, but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, then it soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
The reason we call it laughter yoga is because it combines laughter exercises with yogic breathing. This brings more oxygen to the body and the brain which makes one feel more energetic and healthy.
The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake laugh and real laughter if done with willingness. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.
Why Laughter Yoga?
1) In order to get the scientifically proven health benefits of laughter, we need to laugh continuously for at least for 10 to 15 minutes. Since in Laughter Yoga we do laughter as an exercise, we can prolong our laughter as long as we want. On the other hand, natural laughter comes for just a few seconds here and there and is not enough to bring about physiological and biochemical changes in our body.
2) To reap the health benefits of laughter, laughter has to be loud and deep coming from the diaphragm. It should be a belly laugh.
3) Natural laughter that courses through our life depends upon many reasons and conditions, but there are not many reasons which make us laugh. That means we are leaving laughter to chance, it may happen it may not. In contrast, in laughter Yoga training we are not leaving laughter to chance, but doing it out of commitment. This is a guaranteed way of getting the health benefits of laughter.
Siddhartha Yoga conducts laughter yoga sessions in different corporate companies bringing qualitative changes in the lives of employees.
Chow Siddhartha with Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga International
In the following photos - Chow Siddhartha with laughter buddies: