VIRTUAL Laughter Yoga

When: 10/11/2021 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


FREE for Survivors and their Family and Friends

Class begins promptly at 5:30 PM

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Session Description:

Laughter yoga is a modern exercise involving prolonged voluntary laughter. This type of yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides similar physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter.    It is usually done in groups, with eye contact and much playfulness between participants.   It is an exercise program for Health and Wellbeing.   The yoga part of Laughter is the combination of Laughter Exercises with yoga breathing techniques. There are more than 20,000 free social Laughter clubs in 110 countries. 

Laughing yoga is a popular movement and breathing exercise that aims to cultivate joy, bring out your inner child, and help you let go of daily life stressors.     Considering that laughter is contagious, it's no surprise that laughing yoga has grown from one small group in Mumbai, India to over 5,000 clubs worldwide. 

Dr. Kataria, the founder of Laugher Yoga, claims that laughing will help lift your mood, reduce stress,
strengthen your immune system, increase energy levels, improve your quality of life, and help you better manage hardship.      He believes that learning to laugh on cue can help you deal with stressful situations by promoting optimism and positivity.   Since you cannot always rely on external influences to make you laugh, learning to laugh on your own can be a valuable tool.    Laughing is known to release endorphins and "happy" hormones like dopamine and serotonin.      Plus, it suppresses stress-hormones like cortisol. These effects are linked to a better mood, reduced pain, lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, and lower stress levels and rates of depression.     What's more, laughing with other people can increase social connectedness and bonding, as well as strengthen relationships. It's also linked to feelings of security and safety, allowing a person to feel more relaxed.


Instructor Bio: 

Lynne West Van Heusden is a new resident to North Carolina.    She has been a Laughter professional for 9 years and was trained with the founder of Laughter Yoga,  Dr. Madan Kataria.    She has led laughter sessions for the Livestrong organization in Texas, the Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan, and has trained many laughter yoga coaches across the country.   She was also a founding member of the Austin , Tx, Laughter yoga club.    

Lynne loves to bring  laughter with her anywhere she goes.    She is excited to bring Laughter Yoga to you.    She likes to remind people that laughter is an amazing renewable resource that it is impossible to run out of.    Lynne is originally from Texas and moved to North Carolina from Michigan with her husband and 2 rescue dogs in 2020.


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Pink House Disclaimer...

Programs at Carolina Breast Friends should not be used as a substitute for any treatment. Sessions are intended to provide community and general support for breast cancer survivors. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your doctor if you are in any way concerned about activities that are part of an offered program.


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