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What’s the purpose of Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga reduces anxiety, uplifts the mood of participants, builds healthy relationships with other individuals through a group experience, and improves health and well­being. Laughter Yoga has many physiological as well as psychological benefits. Dr. Travis Stork, an E.R. Doctor featured in the show The Dr’s, recently explained the physiological responses that take place in the body during laughter. Laughter stimulates the limbic system which controls emotions, behavior, our sense of smell, memory (long­term), and motivation. In addition, all the muscles in the body are activated during laughter, providing a particularly vigorous workout to the face and abdomen muscles. Blood flow increases within the heart and throughout other organs,increasing the heart rate and boosting the immune system through the increase of white blood cell production.

How can Laughter Yoga help children and teens?

At a young age, children and teens develop a sense of independence and understanding of their world through education, language, interaction and learned behaviors. If they feel safe to express themselves and have healthy relationships and experiences that create fun and humorous moments, they will become more adaptive and resilient. By engaging in laughter ­inducing exercises like Laughter Yoga, individuals can develop important coping skills. Through such exercises, they can learn how to maintain a sense of balance during tough life circumstances and choose how they experience them. The section below has some examples of Laughter Yoga exercises that we use in a group context.

Laughter can be increased through practice and established to create a sound mind, body and spirit. People at any age can benefit from laughing and from using Laughter Yoga as a tool for improving emotional intelligence and balancing physiological channels, such as increasing endorphins and improving the immune system.

What does Imagination Heals offer through Laughter Yoga to help improve kids self-­esteem/confidence, reduce stress, reduce anxiety and improve mood?

Simple, fun movements and interactions that are easy to repeat at home or in groups. Sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are led by trained facilitators.

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