Coach joy, laughter yoga Ambassador in Russia Dmitry Efimov explains why laughing is useful, and also answers other questions about this unusual form of yogaMitya Ефимов27 March 2019 12:2443630
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Yoga of laughter have three objectives. The first is of course health promotion. By scientists it has been proven that laughter really prolongs life and improves its quality, strengthens the immune system.
The second goal of the yoga of laughter is a psychological relief. During laughter produces endorphins — the hormone of joy, which, respectively, has a positive effect on the emotional background and helps to get rid of depression and stress.
The third reason yoga laughter — peace in the world. It is known that the person whose life is filled with joy and positive, will not unleash conflicts, fights or even wars. And laughter yoga just promotes formation of positive thinking and fills human life with joy.
What muscles work during exercise laughter yoga?
Mostly, of course, involved the abdominal muscles. During laughter of people actively exhales, the diaphragm is reduced, whereby work all the abdominal muscles (direct, oblique) and back muscles. Actively involved facial muscles, the face getting all flushed, and the skin is rejuvenated through natural hasbinding.
In the classroom students also jump, jump, bend over, that is, involve almost all muscle groups.
At the University of California conducted research, the results of which showed that 15 minutes of laughter is equal to an hour of work on a rowing machine. In average, an hour of laughter lost 500 calories — almost as much as being burned for an hour of training on the treadmill.
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Is it possible to completely replace training in the gym yoga laughter?
Depends on what results the person expects. If the goal is to become an Olympic champion, then, of course, no, in this case, laughter yoga may not be a replacement for training. But if we are talking about physical education classes, daily exercise, laughter yoga will be very useful. Today, in many countries, and in India almost everywhere, every morning and every evening people come to the parks to practice yoga laughter. Many combine basic exercises with this practice.
When I started to practice yoga of laugh, the founder of this technique — the Indian doctor Madan Katariah — gave me a job: laugh 40 consecutive days for an hour a day. During this time I lost eight pounds. My body was getting enough exercise just from laughing. When I was doing fitness, such a result I could not be achieved.
How not to hurt yourself doing yoga laughter?
Hurt yourself laughing, of course, difficult, because too many of you still laugh can't. From yoga of laughter, there are no side effects, but there are contraindications. Laugh people with chronic diseases of the heart and respiratory tract because these systems are active during the exercise. It is impossible to engage people with hernia, especially a hernia of the back, because your back muscles get strain. The people who have recently had surgery, are unable to practice yoga of laughter. Those who are sick with any viral diseases, so they anyone else, since laughter yoga is a group practice. It is impossible to actively engage people with epilepsy, since laughter yoga is an emotional charge, and the person with epilepsy surge can begin the attack. Rest of at any age this charger is great.
Do you have to learn to breathe "correctly" to start doing yoga laughter?
Yes. In the classroom explains how to breathe correctly. Laughter yoga is a breathing practice. It is very similar to the yoga pranayama.
If to explain the principles of proper breathing for laughter yoga in a nutshell, it looks like this: we make a deep inhalation through the nose, inflating the belly, hold your breath, count to ten (who, it turns out), and then completely exhale all the air.
How to laugh properly? A few simple tips.
Actually, laughing can everyone. We begin to laugh with three months. Everyone has their own style of laughter. To laugh easier, again, you need to take a deep breath, inflate the abdomen, hold your breath, try to count to ten and exhale completely the air. And at the moment of exhale — laugh. To make it easier to start, say the letter a and begin to laugh, something like this: "Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha". Try not to "give up" laughter and posmejatsja to the end. Reduce the stomach to got out all accumulated air, after a deep breath, in order to saturate the body with fresh oxygen.
Finally I want to ask you right now to detect a minute or two and laugh. Feel how to change your attitude. You can imagine the kind of "scale of pleasures" range from 1 to 10 points and assess your condition to laughter and after. I guarantee that after the laughter level of joy will grow at least two units.
In average, an hour of laughter lost 500 calories – almost as much, how much is burned per hour of study on a treadmill, dorochet: materials of press-services
To make it easier to start practicing yoga laughter, here are a few exercises that will help to start laughing.
"Aloha". To do every day in the morning, it will help recharge your positive mood.
Standing, feet slightly wider than shoulders, bend forward, hands to try to get to the floor, take a deep breath and begin to climb. At this time to say "Hooooooooo" and then, straightening himself, saying "ha-Ha-ha!" hands spread wide apart. So you greet a new day. To perform the exercise eight times.
"Rainbow shake". Imagine that you are in the hands of two glasses and one of them is a rainbow. "Pour" the rainbow of cups in the Cup, then, well, "shake", "drink" rainbow. During the "drink" laugh. Imagine the rainbow fills you, as you glow and radiate joy. Make three or four such "throat".
"Smartlife". Imagine that someone calls you. Lift the phone to your ear and imagine that someone says something funny. You can answer, not just "listen". And, of course, laugh. Laugh so at least a minute, and emotional background will immediately become much more positive and feel better.
Another exercise that is linked to the phone, "Smehom". Here you are not to imagine the receiver with the laughter of a loved one, and give your laughter people. For this exercise, you will need to take your phone, open any messenger, to say something like: "Mom (if you want to please a mother), I give you my laughter" and begin to laugh into the phone, recording their laughter. And then send this message to the recipient. Certainly, receiving such a message, your loved one smile and feel better, and you will be happier that you were able to make someone happy.
Practicing laughter in the morning, afternoon and evening, you will become physically healthier, emotionally more stable and fill it with the joy of his life and the lives of their children and loved ones.