“To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry. not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile…Let your conscience be your guide.” – Eat, Pray, Love [p. 231]
While I was in India I desperately searched for places to do yoga as well as Laughter yoga, which I had recently learned about and become totally fascinated by it. Ironically I found rather difficult to actually find places to do yoga. Perhaps it was because I was in a foreign country so I wasn’t too familiar with where things were or how to find them. It wasn’t until I went up to Rishikesh, the meca for all things yoga/mediation related that I found yoga!! But I still had not found Laughter yoga.
A couple weeks ago I went to an Ashram out in Buckingham, VA for a weekend of yoga, relaxation and meditation. It was amazing. I finally learned how to meditate truly, I went on nice long walks, had amazing food and met some amazing people. My final day there they offered a Laughing yoga class!! Well you can imagine my extreme excitement!!! What a way to end my stay there!
It was everything I had ever imagined it would be, it was hilarious, fun and silly. Everyone was genuinely laughing at the end of it. I wanted it to keep going! Even at the end when we were supposed to slowly drift into a silent meditation, my new friend and I could not stop laughing! haha! Afterwards I felt so amazing, smiley, glowing and had an overall fantastic feeling of happiness and joy.
I highly recommend you all investigating this class and trying it out yourself! You will NOT regret it one bit!
This is from the website above: “Laughter Yoga combines Unconditional Laughter with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.”
And here is a video by John Cleese about it:
How awesome is that!? I just find it so fascinating, I mean here we are as a nation, throwing millions upon millions towards insurance, medical bills, medication etc…. and there are so many other forms of healing oneself, something as easy as LAUGHTER can heal someone! I am certainly not putting down medications, as I know full well that some things cannot be helped and medication helps to fix minor flaws.