Carry laughter with you wherever you go – Hugh Sidey

Experience the joy of free-flowing laughter!

Sydney Laughter holds regular laughter yoga workshops and classes throughout Sydney, bringing more joy and happiness to participants’ lives. Workshops are based on the principles developed by the founder of laughter yoga, Dr Madan Kataria.

Join us for one of the most enjoyable and funniest exercise classes you will ever experience! Laughter yoga is an exercise system that uses rhythmic clapping, yogic breathing and simulated laughter to bring about hearty laughter from deep within the body.

You do not need to have a particular sense of humour, nor do you need to feel like laughing to enjoy a laughter yoga class. You will find that before long the laughter flows naturally due to the group dynamics and the contagious nature of laughter. Laughter yoga teaches you to laugh freely from the body, rather than from the mind.

In our busy world we often do not have the opportunity to really stop and just laugh uproariously the way we did when we were children. Laughter yoga creates a space for people to have fun and release pent up stress and tension through a good deep belly laugh! Laughter is nature’s antidote to stress – scientific research has shown that sustained laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body, leading to improved health and wellbeing.

What is laughter yoga?

Dr Madan Kataria (a medical doctor from Mumbai, India) developed laughter yoga, which combines laughter-based activities, clapping and breathing into an exercise routine. Laughter yoga is based on the body’s inability to distinguish between real and fake laughter – both provide the same wonderful physical and psychological benefits. Therefore the laughter is simulated at first but it very quickly turns into real, spontaneous laughter.

Laughter yoga works without humour, jokes or comedy. It is practiced in a group setting, and is extremely effective because laughter is contagious. As participants interact, the exercises stimulate laughter from all members of the group. One of the objectives of Laughter yoga is to cultivate childlike playfulness, which helps participants to laugh without reason, and eye contact also helps to convert fake laughter into real laughter. People of any fitness level and age group are able to participate.

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