Certified laughter-yoga trainer Antigoni Louka is leading a laughter yoga workshop in Limassol on Friday, November 16.
Laughter yoga is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Laughter yoga is done in groups, with eye contact, jokes and playfulness between participants. Forced laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
Laughter yoga sessions may start with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, chanting, clapping, eye contact and body movement, to help break down inhibitions and encourage a sense of playfulness. Breathing exercises are used to prepare the lungs for laughter, followed by a series of ‘laughter exercises’ that combine the method of acting and visualization techniques with playfulness. Laughter exercises are interspersed with breathing exercises. Twenty minutes of laughter is sufficient to develop fully physiological benefits.
It was made popular as an exercise routine by Indian physician Madan Kataria in the 1990s.
Louka says that children laugh around 400 times per day. In comparison, adults laugh only 15 times per day. “In our age, it is absolutely necessary to be able to find ways to enjoy our lives, to focus on the positive things, to feel grateful for what we have, to forgive, to love and laugh,” Louka says.
With simple training and guidance we can recover the lost laughter of childhood. This is the purpose of these workshops, Louka says.
Friday’s workshop will take place between 6 pm – 9 pm at Green Forest, Germasogeia.
Patmou Street, Limassol, 4044