FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Body Mind Laughter and Mindfulness Therapy

  • Why is it also called Laughter Yoga?

    It is called Laughter also Yoga because laughter exercises are combined with deep yogic breathing techniques (Pranayam).

     

    Breathing is a source of life and in Laughter Yoga you are encouraged to focus on your rhythmic breathing techniques to raise awareness of your breathing and for body mind connection.

     

  • What is involved in a Laughter Therapy session?

    These sessions are unique routine that promotes the principles of mindfulness and combines laughter based exercise with rhythmic breathing techniques (Pranayam) along with clapping, light stretching and fun and games.  Though you may initially start faking the laughter as a physical exercise it can soon turn into real and contagious laughter and make you feel great.  The gentle warm-up techniques help break down inhibitions and promote playfulness.  It may also involve free laughter towards the end followed by meditation.

     

     

  • Do I need to bring along a yoga mat?

    Though it is not compulsory to do so having your own yoga mat gives you your own comfortable place to sit/lie on.

  • What exercise equipment (if any) is used that I need to be aware of?

    There is no exercise equipment used in Laughter Yoga.

  • How long can the sessions last?

    The sessions can vary according to its theme and it can therefore last anything from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

  • Do you need any special clothing?

    You just need to wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict you around your belly area such as tight belts or strings.

  • How easy or difficult are the exercises?

    Though these exercises are very simple to do they are powerful and potentially life changing that most people can do.  It does not require any particular skill or ability nor a sense of humour; only your willingness to participate and enjoy the experience of laughing and breathing.

  • Are there any age or other restrictions?

    There are no age restrictions so long as you can participate responsibly with your own safety taken into consideration. This is because in Laughter Yoga we are not medically qualified and therefore we expect you to use your own judgement for your own health along with your ability to laugh, breathe, clap and if possible do light stretching.  If in doubt you should seek advice from medically qualified person(s) before taking part.

     

    It is generaly advised that people suffering from hernia, heart desease, pregnancy (early/late stage or with other concerns), epilepsy, major psychiatric disorder, bleeding piles, urinary incontinence, persistant cough and anyone undergone major  surgeries within 3 months must consult their physician before practising.  Those with viral infection should also avoid it to potentially spread the virus to others.

     

  • I already laugh a lot how can Laughter Therapy help me more?

    Spontaneous laughter that comes in our daily life may normally only last for a few seconds or a few minutes. To get the scientifically proven benefits of laughter we need to laugh continuously for 10 – 15 minutes and it needs to be deep belly laughter coming from the diaphragm. This could be achieved in Laughter Therapy with your commitment to laugh where unconditional laughter is shared with other people who laugh for the pure joy of it.

     

    Spontaneous laughter that comes in our daily life may normally only last for a few seconds or a few minutes.  To get the scientifically proven benefits of laughter we probably need to laugh continuously for about 10 – 15 minutes; deep belly laughter may be better.  This could be achieved in Laughter Therapy with your commitment to laugh where unconditional laughter is shared with other people who laugh for the pure joy of it

  • I would feel silly doing the laughter exercises and laughing without jokes or humour.

    One of the main concepts of Laughter Therapy is to activate your creative “inner child”.  This is encouraged via our playful and innovative laughter exercises in a group (and this can soon turns into real and contagious laughter).  It is the physical playfulness that can lead to our playful mental attitude.   Therefore, though initially it may feel silly, our fun filled exercise and games are meant to help you get over the inhibition and shyness so you can experience joy and relaxation from within.

  • What if somebody is very shy and socially uncomfortable, how can Laughter Therapy help them?

    Laughter Therapy believes in an “all inclusive” tradition where everybody participates in laughing, breathing and exercising together as a group.  Many shy people soon realise that by participating and immersing in the experience of Laughter Therapy can help them face up to and triumph over their inhibitions; some may even become quite an extrovert instead.

     

     

  • How can a person laugh if they are sad and depressed or not in the mood?

    You don’t have to depend on your mood to do something; you have a choice and can change your mood at a will.  This can be explained by the Theory of Motion creates Emotion. This means that whatever happens to your mind happens to your body and vice versa since your mind and body are connected and therefore there is a two-way link between the body and the mind.

     

    Consider this as an example: If you are experiencing sadness in the mind, try to keep your body active by taking up some physical activity (depending/according to what your overall health would allow of course) to help you experience change in your state of mind.

     

  • How can laughter help relief pain?

    There are many researches done on benefits of laughter and according to one such study led by Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University, believes that uncontrollable laughter releases chemicals called endorphins into the body which, as well as generating mild euphoria, also dulls pain. "It's the emptying of the lungs that causes [this effect]," he told BBC News. "It's exactly what happens when we say 'I laughed until it hurt'. It seems to be extremely painful and it's that pain that produces the endorphin effect" he said.

  • How can laughter help with stress?

    Our breathing is directly connected and affects our state of mind; it usually alters our breathing pattern drastically when we are in a stressful, emotional state.  It may become faster, shallower and irregular. Some people even hold on breath under stress.  Our sessions provides a workout that triggers a breathing pattern which offers significant respiratory benefits and may also help calm the stress arousal system in our body.  Learning and practising rhythmic breathing technique may further benefit in combatting stress by bringing our emotional energy under conscious control.

     

    Laughter Therapy benefits our body and mind by helping reduce stress levels and increase the endorphins, natural opiates known for their relaxing affects.  This further helps ease muscular tension as well as reducing negative physical symptoms of stress, worry and anxiety by providing a sense of calm.

  • Can laughter help us feel good?

     

    Simply put, by being silly and laughing you increase your chances of busting stress, relaxing, reducing wrinkle-causing tension on the face and help make you look and feel great!

  • How can being happy affect our learning?

    Our human brain is addicted to learning and exploring new things.  Our emotional energy have an impact on the way we learn.  We learn the best when we are happy and relaxed.  It is when our brain can process information much more efficiently; Laughter Therapy can help us feel joyful and relaxed.