For example, one Laughter Yoga exercise includes clapping and laughing at the same time.
Laughter Yoga Clubs often begin their meetings with this exercise.
The people clap with their hands in a set rhythm.
The goal in this clapping is to fully touch one hand with the other.
So, each finger on one hand fully touches the other finger on the other.
And the palms of both hands come completely together.
This makes a soft clapping sound.
At the same time people clap, they say ‘laughing words’ like “ho ho ha ha ha.”
These words sound like a person laughing.
But there is a particular way to do this.
The mouth is half open.
And the sound should feel as if it is coming from near the stomach.
While making these sounds the person smiles.
Members move around the space during this exercise.
They look into the eyes of the other people in the meeting.
These movements help to build good energy levels in the meeting.
Laughter Yoga experts say that this beginning exercise produces real physical effects on the body.
The exercises help blood to move around the body faster.
This makes a person feel better.
It also builds energy levels.
Doctor Kataria claims that laughter is actually a very good form of exercise.
He claims that it helps to improve the immune system.
This is the system in a person’s body that fights infection.
He also claims that Laughter Yoga can lower blood pressure and help lift depression.