Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga
Main Topic
Health – Mental
Additional Topic(s)
Health - General
Solidarity - Social Activities
Duration
5-30 minutes
Implementation Mode
Indoor F2F
Goal(s)
● Learn how to use laughter as a form of stress relief and relaxation

● Develop an appreciation for the power of positive thinking and attitude

● Learn how to incorporate laughter and joy into daily life



Expected Results

● Increased feelings of relaxation and stress relief

● Improved mood and outlook on life

● Enhanced ability to cope with stress and difficult situations

● Improved communication and connection with others through shared laughter and joy

Overview of Activity
Laughter yoga is an exercise practice that combines laughter and deep breathing techniques to improve well-being and promote a positive and joyful atmosphere. Participants engage in playful laughter exercises, experiencing the physical and emotional benefits of laughter without relying on humour or jokes.
Description of Activity
1. The facilitator begins by introducing the concept of laughter yoga to the participants, explaining that it is a form of exercise that combines laughter and breathing techniques to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.



2. Participants should stand in a circle and be led through a few warm-up exercises, such as deep breathing and stretching, to get them moving and become comfortable with each other.



3. The facilitator should then start by instructing participants to laugh for 15 seconds, even if they don't feel like it at first, and encourage them to make eye contact with each other and to try to sustain the laughter for the entire 15 seconds.



4. After the 15 seconds are up, the facilitator should have participants take a few deep breaths and relax.



5. Lead another round of laughter, this time for 20 seconds. Encourage participants to be more expressive with their laughter, and to try different types of laughter (e.g. belly laughs, giggles, chuckles, etc.).



6. The facilitator repeats this process, increasing the duration of each round of laughter until you reach a total of 30 seconds.



7. After the final round of laughter, participants should be led in a cool-down exercise, such as deep breathing or stretching.



8. The facilitator then encourages participants to reflect on how they feel after the laughter yoga session and to share any insights or observations with the group.


Sources & Additional Materials
A good example of a laughter yoga can be found "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p4dZ0afivk">here.
Additional Notes
It's important to create a safe and supportive environment for laughter yoga, and to avoid any exercises or activities that may be triggering or offensive to participants. Additionally, be mindful of participants' physical limitations and adjust the exercises as needed to ensure everyone can participate comfortably.



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