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Laughter Yoga Provides Physiological Benefits - Find Out March 18 at 7 p.m.
03.18.13 |
Lebanon Valley College will host a session of laughter yoga tonight at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Miller Chapel. The session is free and open to the public.

Laughter yoga is a unique type of exercise that combines laughter – without humor, jokes, or comedy – with yogic breathing. The session will begin with a gentle warm-up including stretching, chanting, clapping, and various body movements. These movements help to break down inhibitions and develop feelings of childlike playfulness.

Breathing exercises are also used to prepare the lungs for laughter and those preparations are followed by a series of laughter exercises. Laughter is initially stimulated through these techniques while maintaining eye contact with others, but soon becomes real and contagious. These laughter exercises are interspersed with breathing exercises to provide a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

It has been proven that twenty minutes of laughter has physiological benefits. Laughter yoga is also said to promote energy and overall health.

Dr. Madan Kataria founded laughter yoga in 1995. It has since been sweeping the world and today there are thousands of laughter clubs in over 65 countries.

The yoga session is part of Lebanon Valley College's celebration of A Week of Happiness on campus, inspired by the United Nations' declaration of the International Day of Happiness March 20. Learn more at

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