Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Warm Up

Smile - it's a warm up to laughter!

Smile more in 2013.

Photo:  Stock.xchnge

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Joy this Season

I wish for everyone a joy filled season!

Photo:  Stock.xchnge

Monday, December 17, 2012

Smart (?) Phones

When they’re all on their smart phones, where’s the laughter?   For generally it takes human interaction to generate laughter.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Breathe Correctly

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 correctly.

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 will deflate. 

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 your nose.

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…

Monday, December 3, 2012

Self-created Smile

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 think his self-created smile is pretty special.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Laughter Yoga Testimonial

“I walked into the laugher session very depressed.  It was Easter weekend and I was very lonely.  What they had me do did not just lift stress from my body, it lifted stress from my soul.

Reggie Wells
Make Up Artist for Oprah