It has been an emotional week for me, but one thing that has brought me pure joy through it all is the ridiculous unrestrained laughter of my children. While reflecting on their laughter the last few days, I've been reminded of a laughter meditation that is pure joy to practice. Kids and adults can join in this laughter meditation together and much fun can be had!
To start a laughter meditation, have each person lie down on the floor and relax their body. Try to relax the arms, legs, and even the parts of your face before you begin. Once everyone is settled, just laugh! If some encouragement to begin is necessary, try imitating a snort, or a high pitched giggle, to get everyone feeling silly. Laugh and laugh for a minute or two, until the contagious laughter has exhausted everyone. Follow with a deep breath in and finding stillness again to reflect on how the meditation felt.
In addition to fun happy memories, laughter meditation actually has numerous benefits. One method of meditation is to focus on just one thing: in this case, laughter. After laughing for a bit, it's hard to focus on anything else but how your body feels in the moment! Truly, a moment of mindfullness, just being in the moment without screens, outside noises, or any distractions.
Laughter has also been proven to help decrease anxiety, stress and depression. It can even alter the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Have you ever just forced a smile when you are a little down, and suddenly feel just a bit better? We have some control over our feelings and moods, and some simple tricks can go a long way. The release from laughter can change your tone for the day.
Have you ever tried a laughter meditation? If you have, tell me about it in the comments!
yoga, food, family, and travel. these are what drive my life! as a stay at home mom of 2 little girls with an active yoga practice. i longed to find the perfect yoga class for my own children. i felt a calling to a kids yoga teacher training in early November, 2017 and answered the call. in 2018, i felt called towards a greater mission. teaching teens & adults. today, i am living my dream.