Were you thinking that doing yoga meant getting your body into an impossibly pretzel-like position (and getting it out, of course) while you pondered the meaning of all existence?
A session of laughing yoga might show you that health can be improved with a dose of silly as well as serious.
Working with a certified laughter yoga leader, you may experience reduced stress, improved cardiovascular and respiratory function, help with the digestive tract and immune system, toned muscles, and a fresh outlook on life.
A 30 minute class can vary from little giggles to hearty belly laughs, and includes stretching and breathing exercises (University of Michigan Health System, 2008).
Deep belly laughter works a multitude of core muscles, especially helpful for problem areas like belly fat and the back.
Of course, you can add laughter to your aerobic and strength exercises where appropriate.
And for stress reduction, what could be easier?
Count on those daily giggles to fight the gloomies.
Follow up with a cup of loose leaf green tea for health benefits.
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