Laughter Yoga!

Laughter yoga was developed in the mid-Nineties by Madan Kataria, a doctor in Mumbai.

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This article claims to be about the benefits of laughter yoga for ageing...but it is even better than that! It looks at the broader benefits of laughter yoga such as strengthening of the immune system and the reduction of pain - the endorphins released are said to be 30 times more powerful than morphine.

Laughter yoga was developed in the mid-Nineties by Madan Kataria, a doctor in Mumbai. He had been working on the potential health benefits of laughter and, on impulse, took his wife to a local park, accosted three strangers and told them jokes! :) When the jokes ran out, he decided to test the theory that feigning laughter could induce similar benefits to the real thing. He encouraged the group to fake laughter for a minute and found that it quickly became genuine, infectious and beneficial.

Laughter yoga classes are now springing up in the US and the UK. Happy giggling everyone.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS