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A different approach to fun, healing & stress management | Non-religious, non-sectarian, non-political, non-competitive | Royalty Free. Available to anybody, anytime, anywhere | Easy, Powerful | Appropriate and beneficial for all, regardless of their cognitive, sensorial or motor abilities and limitations.
Laughter Yoga is a physically-oriented technique that uses a perfect blend of playful, empowering and otherwise "tension-releasing" laughter and breathing exercises. These exercises are simple, structured, and based on the philosophy of "acting happiness". You do not need to have a sense of humor, be happy or have any reason to laugh.
Laughter yoga is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from India. Laughter yoga was started with five people in 1995 and is now practiced in over 8000 Laughter Clubs in 80 countries.
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Laughter is more than mere silliness or fun: people who feel at ease, secure and happy achieve more, are better at constructive problem solving, suffer less stress, experience less sickness. Laughter puts anxiety on a back burner for everyone. We can't laugh and worry at the same time.
Laughter is a social glue that transcends all barriers: language, age, sex, social or racial background. It improves inter-personal relationships and enhances communication. It interrupts the power struggle and breaks down the instinctive barriers between people. At a deeper level it proves that pain can be overcome and also that we can all live at peace together no matter what.