Howdy, Pinkies! Happy Mojo Monday. Last week, we got a little bogged down in Memorial Day festivities, so I didn't want to post about Laughter Yoga until I knew you were listening. Are you there now? Have you ever heard of Laughter Yoga? You gotta try it. It's a hoot. My friend Christa Scalies, founder of Giggle On, signed me up to become a Certified Laughter Yoga instructor, and I had no idea how much fun I'd have. We took a laughter yoga instructor certification workshop with Carmela Carlyle (who is a total Pink Goddess). As it turns out, Laughter Yoga is a great way to get your mojo back.
Laughter Yoga was developed in India by a Western-trained medical doctor, Dr. Madan Kataria, who started the first laughter club in a park in Mumbai in 1995. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 social laughter clubs in 60 countries. Dr. Kataria became curious when reading medical journals about the health benefits of laughter. He figured that if laughter is good for you, why not induce laughter so everyone could enjoy the health benefits? He began by sitting around a Mumbai park with five people, telling jokes. But as you can imagine, the jokes turned sour, people got offended, and Dr. Kataria was left searching for ways to get the benefits of laughter without pissing anyone off. Enter Madhuri, his wife, a yoga instructor. She suggested that perhaps people could achieve the benefits of laughter by laughing-for no reason at all- and breathing deeply. So Laughter Yoga was born. Laughter Yoga is a combination of laughter, child-like playfulness, and yogic breathing (Pranayama). The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on the scientific fact that the body doesn't know the difference between fake laughter and real laughter. Your body benefits from the endorphin release, cardiovascular exercise, deep breathing, reduction in cortisol levels, stress relief, and increase in oxygen that occur as the result of engaging in Laughter Yoga. Plus, if you do this in a group, I promise- you'll have a blast and build community while you're at it. You'll laugh so hard you'll pee your pants, and your Pink Posse will love it. So if you've lost your mojo, and you don't feel like laughing, fake it 'til you make it.
If you have the chance, take a Laughter Yoga class, but if not, here's the Mojo HO HO, an exercise you can do with you Pink Posse or by yourself. To become certified, I had to make up a brand new, totally unique Laughter Yoga exercise that had never been done before. So this was mine. Here's moi- leading the group in the Mojo HO HO. Okay, so I know I look totally goofy (I swear it seemed normal if you were there.) So forgive me my geekiness, trust me on this one, and try it with a group of girlfriends. Once you convince the neighbors you're not drunk (really! I swear! All we drank is green juice), it'll be a great conversation starter!
This is my very favorite story that came out of our Laughter Yoga workshop. Carmela teaches Laugther Yoga to a group of elderly folks, and one women relayed this story: Every time she wakes up, she throws her arms and legs up into the air, laughs her ass off, and yells, "I'm alive! I'm alive!" I think I'm gonna have to start doing that. You too? Here's what it looks like:
Whadya think, Pinkies? Are you laughing? If so, mission accomplished. Interested in trying it? Happy Mojo Mondays!
He he ho ho ho (and a few gigantic giggles),
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