Laughter Yoga Classes in Dublin Ireland
As featured on "Today with Maura and Daithi" on RTE1 National TV, click here to go to our Meetup page, where you can view the programme, as broadcast on RTE1.
The following is the text of an article which appeared in a recent edition of The Local News, with the headline "Laugh the stress away with Marion". It gives a good summary of what Laughter Yoga is all about:
Laugh the stress away with Marion
It's utterly ridiculous but, as it turns, out, strictly scientific - laughter works!
Boffins in Oxford University, in a large study using a non-laughing control group (a sour-faced bunch they must have been) say that laughter actually makes physical pain go away.
Laughter really is the best medicine.
Now Irish enthusiasts headed by yoga expert Marion Reilly are meeting every Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Lucan Sports and Leisure Centre, to prove that point in a practical way, with a "Laughter Yoga" class.
Though her work may seem novel, Marion is actually following a fifteen-year-long path laid out by Madan Kataria, the Indian doctor who started what he called "hasyayoga" in 2002.
He was curious to see if loud, lung-filled laughter, with all the endorphins it could release, could help his patients endure chronic pain. To his surprise, the results seemed almost instantaneous. Later, it was found to have benefits far beyond pain relief: "It helps people to cope with stress, anxiety, overwork and, of course, aches and pains" Ms Reilly explains.
And, for those with a low threshold of embarrassment, she offers reassurance: "First, bear in mind that you won't be the only first timer. There will be others and they'll be embarrassed too, at least when they walk in to the room." This quickly vanishes, she says, when the laughter gets going. Surprisingly, the techniques she teaches - and they are quite intricate and specific - have an odd way of turning a mild smile into full, volcanic laughter in just minutes.
"We teach something called gradient laughter, which is a bit like catching a fit of the giggles", Reilly told Local News. "After that, the sky's the limit. When the first minute or two is over, it all seems to happen spontaneously."
And to feel the tremendous benefits already proven - not just by Oxford dons, but also by formerly-stressed Mums and Dads, the charge is a modest 7 euro for an hour-long session. Drop in to the Lucan Sports and Leisure Centre at 6:50pm next Wednesday to find out more.
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New people are welcome at any time.
What is Laughter Yoga?
It is a combination of childlike playfulness and yoga breathing and it is great fun, we initially pretend to laugh in a Session and
through maintaining eye contact with others the laughter tends to become infectious and genuine and the good news is the body cannot tell
the difference between real and fake laughter we get the same health benefits and in Laughter Yoga we laugh from our bodies and not from our minds.
Is Laughter Yoga suitable for everyone?
Yes, Laughter Yoga is a universal language that connects us and brings us together.
What should I wear?
Clothes that you are comfortable and bring a bottle of water as you may get thirsty.
I have never done Yoga
No worries, Laughter Yoga is fun and relaxing.
What are the Benefits of Laughter Yoga?
- Relaxes muscles and increases blood circulation
- Antidote for depression/anxiety
- Strengthens immune system
- It's like an internal workout
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces symptoms of allergies, asthma, arthritis
- Improves creativity
- Increases memory and learning ability
- Helps keep you fit effortlessly
- Very sociable, helps people connect
Where did the idea of Laughter Yoga come from?
Dr Madan Kataria, a Medical Doctor in Mumbia, came up with the idea of Laughter Yoga, over twenty years ago. Some of his research was based on
Norman Cousins, who suffered a severe chronic illness, which left him in constant pain. He discovered that by watching comedy films
and belly laughing for ten minutes, he got two hours of pain free sleep. Some years later, Norman published the book "Anatomy of an Illness".
Another person Dr Madan was influenced by was Patch Adams, also a Medical Doctor, on whom the film "Patch Adams", with Robin Williams as "Patch", was based.
OK. I'd like to give it a try, what do I need to do next?
Have a look at our Meetup Calendar of upcoming classes, pick a day/venue that suits you and come along.
It's not necessary to be a member of Meetup, but, if you wish, you can join our Group by clicking here and then click "Join Us!" - if you are not already a member of Meetup, it's very simple to join.
It's really great fun - go on, give it a try!
I look forward to seeing you,