Laughter yoga exercises have been around since 1995 and were created and started by Dr. Madan Kataria from India. Dr. Kataria discovered that our bodies and brains don't know the difference between laughing at something we find truly funny and faking a laugh. You still get the same great benefits. These laughter exercises combine deep breathing with some pretty silly actions along with laughing out loud. Laughter can produce wonderful health benefits for your brain and body. Here are just a few of the health benefits you may experience from participating in laughter yoga exercises:
1. Decreases the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body. This in turn helps your brain to think more clearly!
2. May help to decrease depression.
3. Increases oxygen flow to your brain.
4. Helps increase your immune system.
5. Gives you a burst of energy and joy
I have been a certified laughter leader since 2005 and regularly share these exercises with groups. In the video below my Mrs. Anita Chuckle character leads a group in three different laughter exercises- The greeting laugh, the circle laugh and the lawn mower. There are many more of these fun, interactive and silly laughter yoga exercises that I can facilitate and lead with your group. Are you ready to do life well? Try some laughter yoga exercises!
Sally shares some stress management ideas you can try when life brings you some unexpected stress!
Sally shares three power foods to energize your brain and body and help to keep you healthy!
1 cup berries
1 cup plain or Greek yogurt
1 cup milk
1-2 Tbs flax seeds
1-2 Tbs chia seeds
1-2 Tbs protein powder or peanut butter
Some quick cross the midline brain teasers that you can do to get blood flowing to both sides of the brain and work on your cross lateral coordination and are fun brain breaks for kids or adults!
Sally explains why crossing the midline is important to help children and adults develop skills and keep brains engaged and activated.