Laughter Yoga

I watched the second episode of An Idiot Abroad Season 3 last night. The stars of the show, Karl Pilkington and Warwick Davies reach India and discover a joyous practice called Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga (Hasyayoga) is a form of yoga employing self-triggered laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on the scientific observation that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter, and that both provide the same physiological and psychological benefits. Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with pranayama (yogic breathing). Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, initially forced laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The “laughter” is physical in nature, and does not necessarily involve humor or comedy.

I have tried regular Yoga (once) and most of my family are right into it. For what it’s worth,  the bending and stretching routines, so close to the floor are not my cup of tea. It probably means they should be, but hey, each to their own.

Q. What did the yogi ask for in the pizza parlour?

A. Make me one with everything!

Laughter Yoga looks like a fantastic idea though, and what’s more there is a Laughter Club located near to me in the New Forest area too. Sound’s like a good laugh.

Yoga for Beginners

yoga-beginner

“a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.”

The class started off well enough, my new Yogi, Eve explained that I should be OK in this class of women as Yoga was originally developed by men. I suspect that these “men” would have been a little bit more supple than me however. Apart from the bending and stretching, I reckon it might be quite an enjoyable excercise.

Not naturaly gifted…

I knew I would struggle at Yoga, I remember being uncomfortable sitting cross legged at school. As everyone around me moved with grace and poise, I quivered and shook as I went for new positions, often falling short of the optimum posture, but I was pleased just to be there and if I can stick at it, I may even become a Yogi too, well maybe not, but I might be able to touch my toes.

Not just a Yogi beginner

I also signed up for a Tai Chi Beginners class – which starts tomorrow, and a Classical Guitar class for beginners too. It’s good to be a student again!