By Shayrn Cuneen
Laughter yoga is taking off in Ireland. In the one year that I have been a laughter leader, I have seen the interest in this type of yoga grow rapidly. Simply put, it is a laughter class. Yoga is a Sanskrit word, literally meaning to join or unite. In this case, it is union through sharing laughter together.
A typical laughter class starts off with some breath work to relax the mind and help us to be fully present in the class. This is followed by childlike playfulness that is lead by the laughter leaders. All you need to do is play along. It is proven that fake laughter is as beneficial as real laughter. The body can not tell the difference. Being in an environment surrounded by laughing people, it is very easy to forget ourselves and get caught up in the silliness of it all. And that’s what its all about.
Laughter yoga is extremely effective at bonding people together, as laughter is a universal language and a much deeper form of communication than words. I see laughter yoga as a means of practising laughter and consciously choosing to feel good.