Yoga encourages a hybrid

13.10.2004

13.10.2004


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Jennifer Saranau

In a recent yoga class in New York, a dozen enthusiasts breathed deeply, relaxing your shoulders and took a pose of a lion. They put his hands in front of faces, like legs, and sticks out his tongue.
Then those present began to walk around, looking at each other's faces and shouting "ho, ho, ha, ha."

"I call it the new yoga — says Francine Shore, a social worker and one of the leaders of the four 45-minute sessions at the" Laughing Giraffe. "- This is very exhausting, yet do, and are very happy."

There are already yogilaty and disco yoga. Now the U.S. has a new hybrid enthusiasts — Laughter Yoga.

The combination of traditional yoga breathing exercises with gentle stretching and exercises that mimic the laughter — the new yoga, on a plan, should cause quite a laugh. Its supporters say it helps relieve stress and benefits to health, for example, making it easier to asthma.

Studies about the laughter and health is in its infancy, but there are suggestions that laughter boosts the immune system, increases pain tolerance, reduces stress hormones, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. According to the instructors, yoga laughter gives all these benefits and also facilitates bronchitis and asthma, enhances self-esteem and self-confidence, relieves depression and anxiety, tones the muscles of the face.

Almost everyone agrees that it does not cause harm.

The popularity of yoga laughter arose at a time when yoga as a whole are on the march of the United States. According to a survey conducted in 2003 by Harris Interactive commissioned by specialized weekly Yoga Journal, more than 7% of adult Americans, or 15 million people practice yoga today — and it is by 28.5% more than a year ago. One in six of 35,300,000 respondents expressed the intention to do yoga in the next 12 months.

According to experts, the spread of yoga leads to appearance of new hybrids and laughter yoga is just one of them. Among other branches of traditional yoga has yo-shi (a combination of yoga with tai chi), yogiaty (yoga and Pilates) and yoga spinning (a combination of yoga with riding a bicycle).

The usual laughter yoga session lasts about 30 minutes, costs from zero to $ 15 and begins with deep breathing and stretching. Participants make a series of exercises that include chants of "ho, ho, ha, ha," motion around the room and make eye contact. There are exercise "Laughter on the phone": the participants pretend that talking on a cell phone, and then, make eye contact, begin their "ho, ho, ha, ha."

During the "vengeful laugh" members threaten each other index finger and shouting, "Ha." Another popular exercise "why I laugh," is that you hit your hands on hips, looking at the other and ask, 'Why me?' Ha, ha, ha. "

Each exercise lasts about a minute and punctuated by deep breathing and stretching, followed by a move to the next position. Proponents argue that a combination of deep breathing, "ho, ho, ha, ha" and exercises perfectly stimulates the diaphragm, the abdominal muscles and lungs. As with other types of yoga, everyone is free to invent your own exercises.

Participants say that staying in wacky poses and the fact that they reside others, quickly causing quite a laugh. The only rule: you can laugh with each other, but not with each other.

In search of clean jokes

Present Laughter Yoga — the invention of Indian physician Madan Qatar. In 1995, after reading about the health benefits of laughter, he and four others began to meet daily in the morning in a park in Bombay and telling funny stories. Having exhausted the stock of anecdotes in which there is no dirt, they began to make fun of each other and laugh. And then it occurred to the Cathars: very easy to laugh for no reason, when you see how others laugh.

Based on this concept and our own research, he developed a combination of breathing and the "game" exercises designed for group sessions. This and went hasya or laughter yoga.

According to Dr. Qatar, today there are more than 2.5 million of Laughter Yoga clubs.

Steve Wilson, a psychologist and expert on humor, who learned this technique six years ago in India and founded the company World Laughter Tour Inc., Argues that in the U.S. there are more than 100 clubs, most of them are free.

In addition to the schools of yoga, the demand for training laughter yoga by corporations looking for ways to relieve stress.

Instructor Lisa Wessman from New York says that this year held in corporations and associations, 36 courses of Laughter Yoga, whereas in 2002 only six.

In truth, laughter yoga is suitable only to a limited circle of people. At the heart of "Laughing Lotus" in New York, the idea never caught on. The Centre opened laughter yoga club four years ago, and two years ago he quietly disappeared, replaced by monthly seminars. "People just did not come back," — says one of the founders of "The Laughing Lotus" Dan Flynn, who believes that America has quite enough reasons to laugh.

Some examples of hybrids

Yo-shi — Yoga and Tai Chi

Yogilaty — Yoga and Pilates

A spinning yoga — yoga and bike

God — yoga and boxing

Disco yoga — yoga and disco music

Aqua yoga — yoga and water

Nude Yoga — Yoga Wear
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In a recent yoga class in New York, a dozen enthusiasts breathed deeply, relaxing your shoulders and took a pose of a lion. They put his hands in front of faces, like legs, and sticks out his tongue.
Then those present began to walk around, looking at each other's faces and shouting "ho, ho, ha, ha."

"I call it the new yoga — says Francine Shore, a social worker and one of the leaders of the four 45-minute sessions at the" Laughing Giraffe. "- This is very exhausting, yet do, and are very happy."

There are already yogilaty and disco yoga. Now the U.S. has a new hybrid enthusiasts — Laughter Yoga.

The combination of traditional yoga breathing exercises with gentle stretching and exercises that mimic the laughter — the new yoga, on a plan, should cause quite a laugh. Its supporters say it helps relieve stress and benefits to health, for example, making it easier to asthma.

Studies about the laughter and health is in its infancy, but there are suggestions that laughter boosts the immune system, increases pain tolerance, reduces stress hormones, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. According to the instructors, yoga laughter gives all these benefits and also facilitates bronchitis and asthma, enhances self-esteem and self-confidence, relieves depression and anxiety, tones the muscles of the face.

Almost everyone agrees that it does not cause harm.

The popularity of yoga laughter arose at a time when yoga as a whole are on the march of the United States. According to a survey conducted in 2003 by Harris Interactive commissioned by specialized weekly Yoga Journal, more than 7% of adult Americans, or 15 million people practice yoga today — and it is by 28.5% more than a year ago. One in six of 35,300,000 respondents expressed the intention to do yoga in the next 12 months.

According to experts, the spread of yoga leads to appearance of new hybrids and laughter yoga is just one of them. Among other branches of traditional yoga has yo-shi (a combination of yoga with tai chi), yogiaty (yoga and Pilates) and yoga spinning (a combination of yoga with riding a bicycle).

The usual laughter yoga session lasts about 30 minutes, costs from zero to $ 15 and begins with deep breathing and stretching. Participants make a series of exercises that include chants of "ho, ho, ha, ha," motion around the room and make eye contact. There are exercise "Laughter on the phone": the participants pretend that talking on a cell phone, and then, make eye contact, begin their "ho, ho, ha, ha."

During the "vengeful laugh" members threaten each other index finger and shouting, "Ha." Another popular exercise "why I laugh," is that you hit your hands on hips, looking at the other and ask, 'Why me?' Ha, ha, ha. "

Each exercise lasts about a minute and punctuated by deep breathing and stretching, followed by a move to the next position. Proponents argue that a combination of deep breathing, "ho, ho, ha, ha" and exercises perfectly stimulates the diaphragm, the abdominal muscles and lungs. As with other types of yoga, everyone is free to invent your own exercises.

Participants say that staying in wacky poses and the fact that they reside others, quickly causing quite a laugh. The only rule: you can laugh with each other, but not with each other.

In search of clean jokes

Present Laughter Yoga — the invention of Indian physician Madan Qatar. In 1995, after reading about the health benefits of laughter, he and four others began to meet daily in the morning in a park in Bombay and telling funny stories. Having exhausted the stock of anecdotes in which there is no dirt, they began to make fun of each other and laugh. And then it occurred to the Cathars: very easy to laugh for no reason, when you see how others laugh.

Based on this concept and our own research, he developed a combination of breathing and the "game" exercises designed for group sessions. This and went hasya or laughter yoga.

According to Dr. Qatar, today there are more than 2.5 million of Laughter Yoga clubs.

Steve Wilson, a psychologist and expert on humor, who learned this technique six years ago in India and founded the company World Laughter Tour Inc., Argues that in the U.S. there are more than 100 clubs, most of them are free.

In addition to the schools of yoga, the demand for training laughter yoga by corporations looking for ways to relieve stress.

Instructor Lisa Wessman from New York says that this year held in corporations and associations, 36 courses of Laughter Yoga, whereas in 2002 only six.

In truth, laughter yoga is suitable only to a limited circle of people. At the heart of "Laughing Lotus" in New York, the idea never caught on. The Centre opened laughter yoga club four years ago, and two years ago he quietly disappeared, replaced by monthly seminars. "People just did not come back," — says one of the founders of "The Laughing Lotus" Dan Flynn, who believes that America has quite enough reasons to laugh.

Some examples of hybrids

Yo-shi — Yoga and Tai Chi

Yogilaty — Yoga and Pilates

A spinning yoga — yoga and bike

God — yoga and boxing

Disco yoga — yoga and disco music

Aqua yoga — yoga and water

Nude Yoga — Yoga Wear
In a recent yoga class in New York, a dozen enthusiasts breathed deeply, relaxing your shoulders and took a pose of a lion. They put his hands in front of faces, like legs, and sticks out his tongue.
Then those present began to walk around, looking at each other's faces and shouting "ho, ho, ha, ha."

"I call it the new yoga — says Francine Shore, a social worker and one of the leaders of the four 45-minute sessions at the" Laughing Giraffe. "- This is very exhausting, yet do, and are very happy."

There are already yogilaty and disco yoga. Now the U.S. has a new hybrid enthusiasts — Laughter Yoga.

The combination of traditional yoga breathing exercises with gentle stretching and exercises that mimic the laughter — the new yoga, on a plan, should cause quite a laugh. Its supporters say it helps relieve stress and benefits to health, for example, making it easier to asthma.

Studies about the laughter and health is in its infancy, but there are suggestions that laughter boosts the immune system, increases pain tolerance, reduces stress hormones, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. According to the instructors, yoga laughter gives all these benefits and also facilitates bronchitis and asthma, enhances self-esteem and self-confidence, relieves depression and anxiety, tones the muscles of the face.

Almost everyone agrees that it does not cause harm.

The popularity of yoga laughter arose at a time when yoga as a whole are on the march of the United States. According to a survey conducted in 2003 by Harris Interactive commissioned by specialized weekly Yoga Journal, more than 7% of adult Americans, or 15 million people practice yoga today — and it is by 28.5% more than a year ago. One in six of 35,300,000 respondents expressed the intention to do yoga in the next 12 months.

According to experts, the spread of yoga leads to appearance of new hybrids and laughter yoga is just one of them. Among other branches of traditional yoga has yo-shi (a combination of yoga with tai chi), yogiaty (yoga and Pilates) and yoga spinning (a combination of yoga with riding a bicycle).

The usual laughter yoga session lasts about 30 minutes, costs from zero to $ 15 and begins with deep breathing and stretching. Participants make a series of exercises that include chants of "ho, ho, ha, ha," motion around the room and make eye contact. There are exercise "Laughter on the phone": the participants pretend that talking on a cell phone, and then, make eye contact, begin their "ho, ho, ha, ha."

During the "vengeful laugh" members threaten each other index finger and shouting, "Ha." Another popular exercise "why I laugh," is that you hit your hands on hips, looking at the other and ask, 'Why me?' Ha, ha, ha. "

Each exercise lasts about a minute and punctuated by deep breathing and stretching, followed by a move to the next position. Proponents argue that a combination of deep breathing, "ho, ho, ha, ha" and exercises perfectly stimulates the diaphragm, the abdominal muscles and lungs. As with other types of yoga, everyone is free to invent your own exercises.

Participants say that staying in wacky poses and the fact that they reside others, quickly causing quite a laugh. The only rule: you can laugh with each other, but not with each other.

In search of clean jokes

Present Laughter Yoga — the invention of Indian physician Madan Qatar. In 1995, after reading about the health benefits of laughter, he and four others began to meet daily in the morning in a park in Bombay and telling funny stories. Having exhausted the stock of anecdotes in which there is no dirt, they began to make fun of each other and laugh. And then it occurred to the Cathars: very easy to laugh for no reason, when you see how others laugh.

Based on this concept and our own research, he developed a combination of breathing and the "game" exercises designed for group sessions. This and went hasya or laughter yoga.

According to Dr. Qatar, today there are more than 2.5 million of Laughter Yoga clubs.

Steve Wilson, a psychologist and expert on humor, who learned this technique six years ago in India and founded the company World Laughter Tour Inc., Argues that in the U.S. there are more than 100 clubs, most of them are free.

In addition to the schools of yoga, the demand for training laughter yoga by corporations looking for ways to relieve stress.

Instructor Lisa Wessman from New York says that this year held in corporations and associations, 36 courses of Laughter Yoga, whereas in 2002 only six.

In truth, laughter yoga is suitable only to a limited circle of people. At the heart of "Laughing Lotus" in New York, the idea never caught on. The Centre opened laughter yoga club four years ago, and two years ago he quietly disappeared, replaced by monthly seminars. "People just did not come back," — says one of the founders of "The Laughing Lotus" Dan Flynn, who believes that America has quite enough reasons to laugh.

Some examples of hybrids

Yo-shi — Yoga and Tai Chi

Yogilaty — Yoga and Pilates

A spinning yoga — yoga and bike

God — yoga and boxing

Disco yoga — yoga and disco music

Aqua yoga — yoga and water

Nude Yoga — Yoga Wear
In a recent yoga class in New York, a dozen enthusiasts breathed deeply, relaxing your shoulders and took a pose of a lion. They put his hands in front of faces, like legs, and sticks out his tongue.
Then those present began to walk around, looking at each other's faces and shouting "ho, ho, ha, ha."

"I call it the new yoga — says Francine Shore, a social worker and one of the leaders of the four 45-minute sessions at the" Laughing Giraffe. "- This is very exhausting, yet do, and are very happy."

There are already yogilaty and disco yoga. Now the U.S. has a new hybrid enthusiasts — Laughter Yoga.

The combination of traditional yoga breathing exercises with gentle stretching and exercises that mimic the laughter — the new yoga, on a plan, should cause quite a laugh. Its supporters say it helps relieve stress and benefits to health, for example, making it easier to asthma.

Studies about the laughter and health is in its infancy, but there are suggestions that laughter boosts the immune system, increases pain tolerance, reduces stress hormones, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. According to the instructors, yoga laughter gives all these benefits and also facilitates bronchitis and asthma, enhances self-esteem and self-confidence, relieves depression and anxiety, tones the muscles of the face.

Almost everyone agrees that it does not cause harm.

The popularity of yoga laughter arose at a time when yoga as a whole are on the march of the United States. According to a survey conducted in 2003 by Harris Interactive commissioned by specialized weekly Yoga Journal, more than 7% of adult Americans, or 15 million people practice yoga today — and it is by 28.5% more than a year ago. One in six of 35,300,000 respondents expressed the intention to do yoga in the next 12 months.

According to experts, the spread of yoga leads to appearance of new hybrids and laughter yoga is just one of them. Among other branches of traditional yoga has yo-shi (a combination of yoga with tai chi), yogiaty (yoga and Pilates) and yoga spinning (a combination of yoga with riding a bicycle).

The usual laughter yoga session lasts about 30 minutes, costs from zero to $ 15 and begins with deep breathing and stretching. Participants make a series of exercises that include chants of "ho, ho, ha, ha," motion around the room and make eye contact. There are exercise "Laughter on the phone": the participants pretend that talking on a cell phone, and then, make eye contact, begin their "ho, ho, ha, ha."

During the "vengeful laugh" members threaten each other index finger and shouting, "Ha." Another popular exercise "why I laugh," is that you hit your hands on hips, looking at the other and ask, 'Why me?' Ha, ha, ha. "

Each exercise lasts about a minute and punctuated by deep breathing and stretching, followed by a move to the next position. Proponents argue that a combination of deep breathing, "ho, ho, ha, ha" and exercises perfectly stimulates the diaphragm, the abdominal muscles and lungs. As with other types of yoga, everyone is free to invent your own exercises.

Participants say that staying in wacky poses and the fact that they reside others, quickly causing quite a laugh. The only rule: you can laugh with each other, but not with each other.

In search of clean jokes

Present Laughter Yoga — the invention of Indian physician Madan Qatar. In 1995, after reading about the health benefits of laughter, he and four others began to meet daily in the morning in a park in Bombay and telling funny stories. Having exhausted the stock of anecdotes in which there is no dirt, they began to make fun of each other and laugh. And then it occurred to the Cathars: very easy to laugh for no reason, when you see how others laugh.

Based on this concept and our own research, he developed a combination of breathing and the "game" exercises designed for group sessions. This and went hasya or laughter yoga.

According to Dr. Qatar, today there are more than 2.5 million of Laughter Yoga clubs.

Steve Wilson, a psychologist and expert on humor, who learned this technique six years ago in India and founded the company World Laughter Tour Inc., Argues that in the U.S. there are more than 100 clubs, most of them are free.

In addition to the schools of yoga, the demand for training laughter yoga by corporations looking for ways to relieve stress.

Instructor Lisa Wessman from New York says that this year held in corporations and associations, 36 courses of Laughter Yoga, whereas in 2002 only six.

In truth, laughter yoga is suitable only to a limited circle of people. At the heart of "Laughing Lotus" in New York, the idea never caught on. The Centre opened laughter yoga club four years ago, and two years ago he quietly disappeared, replaced by monthly seminars. "People just did not come back," — says one of the founders of "The Laughing Lotus" Dan Flynn, who believes that America has quite enough reasons to laugh.

Some examples of hybrids

Yo-shi — Yoga and Tai Chi

Yogilaty — Yoga and Pilates

A spinning yoga — yoga and bike

God — yoga and boxing

Disco yoga — yoga and disco music

Aqua yoga — yoga and water

Nude Yoga — Yoga Wear

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