A recent study conducted by four German scientists has shown that different manipulations of facial expression leads to changes in the brain, which influences our performance and behavior.
This document is very important for all Laughter Yoga professionals as it will help them to explain the scientific rationale of laughter and breathing during their workshops, trainings and seminars. Please have a look at the pdf of this document which is profusely illustrated and can be printed and given as a handout.
Many Laughter Yoga professionals want to know if they can promote Laughter Yoga as therapy. Now, although Laughter Yoga has therapeutic effects, it is not to be offered as therapy because when you give any service as therapy, it involves liability issues. More so, most countries have complex laws with several rules and regulations before anyone can get an approval.
A new pilot study to assess simulated laughter exercises as a physical activity and the impact it has on the efficacy and performance of older adults was conducted in the state University of Atlanta, USA.
A pilot research study published in ‘Explore’ journal from NY in May-June edition of 2016, explored the outcomes of Laughter Yoga in adults with Parkinson׳s disease (PD) and their caregivers. The conclusion showed significant improvement in well-being for adults with PD and their caregivers, after attending a Laughter Yoga session.
This is a great document every Laughter Yoga professional must have and get it filled by the participants before their trainings and other Laughter Yoga workshops.
This is a very significant research conducted by the Friedrich Schiller University at Jena, Germany and published in the Journal Of Motor Behavior, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2014. The aim of this study, in which seven male and seven female students participated, was to quantify the activation of the trunk muscles during Laughter Yoga, in comparison with crunch and back lifting exercises.
Generally known as the love hormone, oxytocin has also been dubbed the cuddle chemical, and the bliss hormone due to its effects on behavior. It is made in the brain and is transported to, and secreted by, the pituitary gland. When released into the bloodstream it affects the uterus and lactation, but its release into defined regions of the brain also affects emotional, cognitive, and social behaviors.
This new laughter exercise is a direct adaptation of superbrain yoga which seems to be an ancient Indian practice to stimulate the entire brain. This technique has been researched upon in many universities and the results are scientifically validated.
As Laughter Yoga professionals we always talk about endorphins and how they work. We have a detailed article which will help you to deepen your knowledge about the ‘happy chemicals’ released during laughter.