Health Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga has wonderful therapeutic and preventative health benefits. Scientists and medical doctors alike are amazed at what happens when we laugh.

When we laugh:

  • Take in more oxygen helping to keep us healthy by nourishing the cells
  • Increase circulation – giving us rosy cheeks and making us look younger!
  • Gives the tummy an abdominal workout and helps digestion
  • Boosts the immune system which fights disease by up top 40% (See article Laughter the best Medicine)
  • Reduces high blood pressure. After a laughter yoga session the blood pressure
  • Heart rate comes down to a lower resting rate
  • Stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol are reduced so we feel more relaxed
  • Happy hormones, endorphins are released removing the negative effects of stress
  • Endorphins (meaning self made morphine) can act as a pain killer and laughter can be used as a pain management tool (See Norman Cousins story )
  • Gives a sense of lightness and wellbeing
  • Help with depression and anxiety by boosting the production of seratonin (a natural antidepressant)

Do you need any more reasons??!! Laughter is good for you physically, mentally and spiritually, it lifts you up and makes you feel connected to people.

Some Health Benefits of Laughter

  • L aughter releases endorphins, giving us the feel good factor
  • A cts as aerobic exercise and is like “internal jogging”
  • U nleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers
  • G reat team building toolencourages better communication
  • H elps boost our immune system which helps us resist disease
  • T ones muscles, improves respiration and circulation
  • E ncourages positive thinking and creativity
  • R elaxes the whole body by reducing stress and tension

Health and Social Sector Clients:

  • Epsom Hospital, Macmillan Volunteers
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Royal Homeopathic Hospital
  • Peterborough City Hospital
  • One Community Carers, Eastleigh, Hants
  • Sutton Carers
  • Lewisham Carers
  • Lambeth Social Workers Team
  • Ascot,Croydon & Southwark Alzheimer’s Society
  • Leonard Cheshire Homes
  • SLaM DIY Happiness Project
  • MIND in Lambeth, Croydon, Bromley, Southwark
  • South London & Maudesely Hospital (SLaM)
  • Samaritans
  • Wimbledon Diabetics
  • Tooting Asian Day Care Centre
  • Wokingham Carers Group
  • Sunrise Residental Homes
  • Croydon Mental Health Forum
  • Hackney Families Together
  • Peterborough Womens Prison