I posted this a few years ago, but since one of my faithful
readers is so interested in the subject, and since it’s an important topic,
I’ll post it here again.
In Laughter Yoga, as in life, it’s important to breathe
Breathing correctly means two things:breathing through your nose and
breathing from your diaphragm.
When you breath through your nose, the air is filtered,
moistened and warmed.When you
breath through your mouth, the air is dirty, dry and cold.We were designed to breath through our
nose.If you’re not talking,
eating, laughing, singing or kissing, your mouth should be shut.
When you breath from your diaphragm (located below the lungs
and heart), this area will move.As you inhale your diaphragm will expand; as you exhale, your diaphragm
If you’re breathing incorrectly you’re probably
hyperventilating, which simply means taking in too much oxygen by breathing too
much and too fast.Most people in
our society are hyperventilating without knowing it.
If you are breathing through your mouth, you are
automatically breathing too much, because your mouth is three times bigger than
If you are breathing from your upper chest (as most adults
are), you are automatically breathing too fast, as it takes less time to move
air in and out of your chest.Breathing from your diaphragm automatically slows your breathing down.
In summary, if you’re hyperventilating already and then come
to do laughter yoga, you could run into trouble getting light-headed, i.e.
hyperventilating even more.When
we laugh our breathing speeds up which is generally a great thing because it
oxygenates the body.But if you’re
already taking in too much oxygen, it can tip the oxygen/carbon dioxide ratio
off balance.For me this started
to happen, after many years of leading laughter yoga sessions.I learned that I had been breathing
incorrectly forever, i.e. I had chronic hyperventilation.I have since corrected that problem
through proper breathing and have been able to enjoy all the great benefits of
laughter yoga again.
Photo: My Roman
nose through which I should be breathing…
This young man decided to smile – as a conscious
choice. He noticed he wasn’t a
smiler and decided to change that –
by simply smiling - often.
He’s now fallen in love with smiling. It’s become his default expression.
No one who knows him now would ever believe that he wasn’t always a fulltime smiler.
I am a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and affiliate of Laughter Yoga International as well as a Certified Laughter Leader and affiliate of World Laughter Tour. I have been bringing laughter into the world since the day I was born and have been leading programs in Laughter Yoga in the Pacific Northwest since October 2001. I created this blog to share my thoughts and experiences on the healing power of laughter. Visit my website at www.onethousandlaughs.com