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ONLINE: Laughter Yoga with Myléne

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 25, 2020

$5

These days we must increase our immune system – and laughter is a good, and fun way to do that.

Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.

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Myléne and some participants share a laugh during the session.

Mayo Clinic Article excerpt:

Stress relief from laughter

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

Improve your sense of humor

Are you afraid you have an underdeveloped — or nonexistent — sense of humor? No problem. Humor can be learned. In fact, developing or refining your sense of humor may be easier than you think.

  • Put humor on your horizon. Find a few simple items, such as photos, greeting cards or comic strips, that make you chuckle. Then hang them up at home or in your office. Keep funny movies, books, magazines or comedy videos on hand for when you need an added humor boost. Look online at joke websites. Go to a comedy club.
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you. Find a way to laugh about your own situations and watch your stress begin to fade away. Even if it feels forced at first, practice laughing. It does your body good.

    Consider trying laughter yoga. In laughter yoga, people practice laughter as a group. Laughter is forced at first, but it can soon turn into spontaneous laughter.

  • Share a laugh. Make it a habit to spend time with friends who make you laugh. And then return the favor by sharing funny stories or jokes with those around you.
  • Knock, knock. Browse through your local bookstore or library’s selection of joke books and add a few jokes to your list that you can share with friends.
  • Know what isn’t funny. Don’t laugh at the expense of others. Some forms of humor aren’t appropriate. Use your best judgment to discern a good joke from a bad or hurtful one.

Laughter is the best medicine

Go ahead and give it a try. Turn the corners of your mouth up into a smile and then give a laugh, even if it feels a little forced. Once you’ve had your chuckle, take stock of how you’re feeling. Are your muscles a little less tense? Do you feel more relaxed or buoyant? That’s the natural wonder of laughing at work.

Mayo clinic article references

 

DE-STRESS WITH US!

Hosted on the first Tuesday of the month by local laughter yoga leader, Mylene, Laughter Yoga is a class that enables you to practice laughing so that when life gets difficult, you can laugh and change your perspective and state of mind. It involves child-like play with meditation and breathing exercises and laughing (no yoga mats needed).

Some benefits of laughter yoga include: Easy and fun exercise for health and happiness, reduces stress instantly, strengthens immune system, keeps you in a good mood and cheerful throughout the day, oxygenates your brain and makes you feel more energetic, keeps positive mental attitude in difficult times, burns calories and even increases memory.

Check out this Mayo Clinic article about the health benefits of laughter yoga! 

Stress relief from Laughter? It’s no Joke

 

More About Mylene and Her Class

Poitras is an Expressive Arts Specialist, which means she assists people in self-expression through such things as water coloring, finger painting, dance, life stories and singing. She also does massage therapy, laughter therapy, puppetry and reiki, which is a form of energy work. “Dying is a big journey, and I help patients and their families embrace their situation,” she said. For the past several years, she has also had her own business, Dance LaVie, where she lists herself as a Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, Expressive Arts Facilitator and a Laughter Yoga Leader.
Laughter Yoga classes consist of a group of people who gather together to practice laughter as a form of exercise to improve their health — the “Yoga” refers to the union of body, mind and spirit. They began in 1995 when Dr. Madan Kataria, of Bombay, India, while writing an article entitled, “Laughter: The Best Medicine,” had gatherings in a park in order to get people laughing. He told jokes, but people soon grew tired of them, and some were even offended by them, so he came upon the idea of “laughter for no reason.” It was soon discovered that “fake” laughter had the same health benefits as “real” laughter — such as the relief of stress; a reduction of anxiety, fear and depression; a strengthened immune system; improved respiratory and circulatory systems; pain relief; improved digestion; relaxation; normalization of blood pressure; self-confidence; and the promotion of compassion and creativity.
“Laughter Yoga creates the body chemistry of happiness,” Poitras said. “Besides having fun, you create endorphins. It’s like an inner jogging.” And Kataria said, “Laughter does not solve your problems, but it can dissolve your problems.”

Poitras’ Laughter Yoga classes include deep breathing, stretching and laughter exercises. She begins by telling people they can put their problems in the garbage can outside the room and pick them up when they leave. There are bubbles, of course, which not only lighten the mood, but also help engage proper breathing. Participants do “silly stuff” to lighten up and boost self-esteem. There’s role-playing, such as pretending you are at the beach and walking on hot sand, or you are marching as if in a joyous band or parade. Ordinary activities are exaggerated as they are performed. There’s a lot of improvisation. They tell jokes in “jibberish” and laugh, which forces the rational mind to let go. There’s a lot of positive affirmation. There’s also a guided relaxation. At the end, they come into a circle and she asks them if they would like to send joy, laughter, peace and love to someone or to a situation. And always, there is the laughter.

“We laugh for no reason, just for pleasure, to have fun and feel invigorated,” Poitras said. “When you laugh, you are here now, just being in the present. At the end of class people feel more relaxed, lighter. They’ve forgotten their problems. I love to see how they transform,” she said. “They tell me I make their day.”
“They come to have fun,” she said. “They come because they are depressed and want to find that joie de vivre again. They want to try something new, to expand their minds, to heal. Laughter is good medicine. Some people say they miss this — the laughing and being silly — from their childhoods.”

Flo Bartosiak-Grenman is one of Poitras’ happy students. “These classes bring me a real sense of release about any issue in my life,” Bartosiak-Grenman said. “I come away with a different perspective. Suddenly things are not as important as I thought, and I leave feeling that life is good and that there’s no need to worry.”
And Poitras keeps the laughter going, even outside her classes. “I try to get people to laugh when I’m in public,” she said. “At a red light I’ll be laughing, and I’ll roll down the window and say to the next car, ‘I’m practicing Laughter Yoga.’ When I get to the next red light, I’ll be next to the same car and they are laughing. It’s fun and contagious. I’m often creating situations where people will laugh. I find a way to bring love and peace and laughter to people.”
“Everything starts with self-acceptance and learning to be here now, and to enjoy life, to be mindful in everything you’re doing,” she said. “Peace and joy are available all the time. I believe we’re here to love and to serve each other, to bring joy to everything we do. … Express yourself. Be creative. Lighten up. We need to be more aware that this is a beautiful life and that we’re all in this together. You can create a masterpiece with your life. If we express ourselves and are creative, we have infinite possibilities.”

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Date:
June 23
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
$5