You’ve heard the saying that laughter is good medicine.
It makes sense: laughter makes us feel good, but too often we limit it to great company, good times and life being sweet.
Recent overseas studies have shown an exercise program called laughter yoga helped reduce anxiety and improve sleep for participants with neurological conditions.
In October, MS Queensland is trialing laughter yoga with two online interactive sessions, facilitated by Queensland’s leading laughter yoga practitioner The Happydemic’s HeatherJoy Campbell.
“Laughter yoga works on the premise that our bodies don’t differentiate real and fake laughter. Just physically laughing is enough to send our healing hormones into overdrive,” says HeatherJoy.
“It’s also a simple and impactful way to improve immune function by increasing cardiovascular activity and improving lymphatic function with deep breathing and increased oxygen.
”With laughter yoga, you don’t need to be in the mood – but give yourself over to the process and you soon will be
The 30-minute sessions on Zoom will be done seated.
HeatherJoy trained in India with the medical doctor who devised laughter yoga and has been delivering in-person – and now online – laughter wellbeing sessions throughout Queensland to all ages and abilities. She runs a neighbourhood social ‘laughter club’ as a community service in Brisbane too.
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