Sunday May 6th, 2012
World Laughter Day is customarily celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year. This year it will be celebrated in Austin at Zilker Park with grand group of new laughter leaders and YOU!!!
Around the world, it is a day when people come together to connect through laughter, joy and childlike playfulness. We will practice group laughter exercises together (see more common questions about Laughter Yoga below). In 2012 it is being celebrated in more than 70 countries around the world.
The founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr Madan Kataria, had a mission to bring vibrant health, joy and world peace to everyone on the planet. This powerful message delivered through laughter has been felt throughout the world. What started out as 5 people in a park in India in 1995 has grown, and this year thousands of people worldwide will gather to promote the benefits of unconditional laughter. For centuries, everybody knew laughter was the best medicine, but there was no reliable delivery system. Laughter Yoga is a breakthrough exercise routine, which allows people to practice laughter without depending upon outside conditions to make them laugh.
Come join in the fun!! Wear comfortable clothing and be willing to laugh, play and let loose!
Zilker Park under the Big Shade Tree on the Robert E Lee side. Robert E Lee Drive and Lund Street, Austin, TX
When you turn in to Zilker go to the left parking lot and look for the signs!
What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga is a unique idea where anyone can laugh at any time for no reason at all, we don’t need any jokes, comedy or a sense of humor. Anyone can do it.
We laugh in a group as a form of exercise in the beginning, but when we connect with others through eye contact and childlike playfulness the laughter becomes real and contagious. We connect with one another as we’re laughing and releasing stress.
Who can participate?
Laughter Yoga is for everyone – families, seniors, teachers, business people, nurses, doctors, hospice workers and caregivers, anyone in stressful situations. It opens the heart and promotes health, longevity, connection and releases dopamine and other endorphins in the body, even with fake laughter.
Why is it good for you?
It is a scientific fact that the body doesn’t know the difference between fake laughter and the real thing, whether your laughter is real or fake, you get the same physiological and biochemical benefits as genuine laughter.
Sustained hearty laughter stimulates the diaphragm to release and triggers the parasympathetic nervous system to kick in. This is why so many feel a sense of deep peace and relaxation at the end of a laughter session.