Laughter Yoga helps restore psychological and physical health around the world
Vancouver Observer, July 24 2016 – Olivia Fermi
I asked Amy about the benefits of Laughter Yoga and she said it “takes courage to show up and to be vulnerable through laughter and playfulness.” Taking that risk gives people self-confidence with a ripple effect like the ripple of a good belly laugh.
“Healthy emotion is like a wave,” said Amy, “like the weather, arising, cresting, releasing… For expression of more challenging emotions, like anger, grief, these expressions can be inhibited. Reconnecting to the wave through laughter …can help us shift the weather.”
I wondered about shifting attitudes about climate change with laughter and if that might be a way to empower people on a social scale.
“Taking in the full immensity of the challenges facing us can be overwhelming,” Amy responded, “being able to express our emotions in some way is imperative. Laughing helps to spark our creativity and imagination. These are essential tools to help us move into a difficult future.”
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