LAUGHTER YOGA WORKSHOP!

I am so excited to tell you I have a great collaboration happening with the AWESOME and INCREDIBLE Carmen La Greiga!

Carmen has kindly offered me her studio space to run my Laughter Yoga workshop in. A visual artist, Carmen creates art and finds time to teach art to adults and children, in Spanish and English.

You can find her studio in Madrid’s website here, her art on these websites here and here and on Instagram here.

I’m so grateful to be working with her, linking Art and Movement of the body for health and wellbeing purposes!

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Laughter is the best medicine! We’ve all heard the phrase but do we make time for this natural, magical elixir or do we take our health too seriously!

I’ve made a FREE 2 hour workshop, combining traditional hatha, ashtanga and yin yoga practises with the energising and health boosting laughter yoga! Sign up on MeetUp here!

WHAT IS LAUGHTER YOGA?

Laughter yoga, was the invention of medical doctor Dr Madan Kataria and supported by his wife Madhuri Kataria they started the laughter movement in a Mumbai Park in 1995. Now there are thousands of laughter clubs in more than 100 countries. – I want to make a new club here in Madrid!

Simple, pure and natural laughter has been scientifically proven to reduce levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine in the blood. Just 15 minutes of continuous laughter has many health benefits!

You can see the Laughter University website here.

WHAT DO I NEED?

Anyone can come to this workshop. No previous yoga experience required, no sense of humour is needed. If you find it difficult to laugh then this is a workshop you really need to come to. It’s for your own good!

How to enjoy the workshop best:

  1. Comfortable clothes – no tight jeans or formal shirts, something like pyjamas acceptable!
  2. A smile – we will give you one of ours to borrow if you forget yours.
  3. Something to lay down on (towel, blanket or yoga mat).
  4. Childlike attitude – we can provide one for you on the day.

WHERE IS IT?

The workshop will be held in The Greek workshop (Taller La Griega), Calle de Fúcar, 4, 28014, Madrid, SPAIN.

Closest metro is Esatación de Arte or Sol.
Bus Routes 6 (Desamparados), 27 and 34 (Prado-Atocha), 32 (Neptuno).

WHEN IS IT?

Sunday 1st December 2019, workshop starts at 11am.

Please arrive 10-20 minutes before the class so we can arrange the space to fit us all. Remember, we are here to have fun, allow yourself the most fun by coming early to settle in and start comfortably!

FINALLY, WHY?

You can’t enjoy life if you are sick.

Laughter Yoga strengthens the immune system which not only prevents
you from falling ill, but also helps to heal a variety of conditions like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, depression, arthritis, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, backache, insomnia, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, menstrual disorders, cancer and many others.

SOURCE: https://laughteryoga.org/

Here is some HARD SCIENCE that backs up these health claims:

In a 2014 study on the effect of laughter Yoga on general health among nursing students:

Conclusions: The findings showed that laughter Yoga had a positive effect on students’ general health and improved the signs of physical and sleep disorders, lowered anxiety and depression, and promoted their social function. Therefore, laughter Yoga can be used as one of the effective strategies on students’ general health.

SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3917183/

In a 2017 study on the effect of laughter yoga exercises on anxiety and sleep quality in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease:

Conclusion: The results of the present study demonstrate that laughter yoga exercises can reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. As a result, laughter yoga exercises may be beneficial as a complementary therapy with standard treatment methods to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality in patients with Parkinson’s.

SOURCE: http://www.bmrat.org/index.php/BMRAT/article/view/200

BUSINESS LEADERS: In 2016 on QUARTZ – a website for global news and insights for a new generation of business leaders – an article:

Clinical findings support claims that mirth, genuine or otherwise, has positive physical, physiological, and psychological effects. Laughter is associated with improved heart rate and immune system function, lowered blood pressure, reduced stress hormone production, increased salivary flow, and elevated pain tolerance. Whether or not people are really feeling gleeful, the body responds positively to the act of laughing, which can then induce actual relaxation and feeling of wellbeing.

SOURCE: https://qz.com/824005/the-hard-science-that-backs-up-age-defying-laughter-yoga/

A 2019 article on the website Help Guide – a non profit mental health and wellness website, this article explains the benefits of laughter. Written by Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.

Find your inner child. Pay attention to children and try to emulate them—after all, they are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing at ordinary things.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
Laughing with my friend Aisha in Egypt

One of my favourite reads is this study as is has an example of a laughter prescription:

We propose that laughter prescriptions might contain detailed information as to the frequency, intensity, time, and type of laughter (forming the useful mnemonic “FITT”), much like pharmacological prescriptions and exercise prescriptions. This format aims to give patients clear and easy-to-remember guidelines. It is also a way to present laughter in a serious manner. When prescribing laughter, it would be of utmost importance to individualize the recommendations, taking into consideration the patient’s own sense of humor and willingness to engage in new activities, such as laughter yoga.

SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6125057/
SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6125057/ See below for the prescription:
  • An example of a laughter prescription:
  •  (F) Frequency: once a week
  •  (I) Intensity: belly laughing
  •  (T) Time: 30 minutes
  •  (T) Type: your favorite sit-com
I don’t know these people but they look happy!

If you are still unconvinced a more extensive list of studies is available here.

I WELCOME YOU:

I really hope you can come along and start something fun and healthy with me. I teach yoga, art, emotional freedom (EFT and TFT) and now I hope to teach you how to have a good laugh at yourself, your problems and just how ridiculous some things that we worry about are.

I’m not a medical doctor. If you have any health concerns, speak to your doctor, however I have full insurance for teaching yoga and I promise to look after you.

I’m not your guru or a magical being that can solve all your problems – YOU ARE.

Take back control of your life – laugh and the world laughs with you.

If you have any questions, please ask!

Join us: https://www.meetup.com/Amazing-Yoga-with-Aliya/events/266314528/

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