So what is Laughter Yoga? Simply put Laughter Yoga involves self-triggered laughter. If you are picturing a bunch of people in a room being told jokes and calling it yoga… well you are just a little off. According to a few different sources Laughter Yoga really stresses “unconditional laughing” and focuses on Pranayama. It is said that whether laughter is spontaneous or it is forced (or couched along) it offers the same physiological response and psychological benefits.
While Pranayama is often neglected in many home practices of even in some studio experiences it is nice to think that there is a “type” of yoga that would make Pranayama it’s focus. Now if we can really call laughing a yoga workout is up for question in my mind, but I do not see any harm in a good laugh every now and then.
If you want to check out more about laughter yoga check out a few of these sources that I found…
Alternative Asanas: A photo essay about Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga (General History from Wikipedia)
Laughter Yoga International (the official site from the creator of Laughter Yoga)
This post was originally posted on Daily Yoga Wisdom.