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Breathing, laughing, living

EventsJoanne Eisemann

March 2019 | Hayley Manning

TO MOST people, yoga conjures up visions of chanting, sweaty bodies and limbs contorted into poses such as Downward Facing Dog, Reclined Cow Face and, of course, the Eight-point Shoulder Opener.

However, laughter yoga bears no resemblance to traditional yoga besides shared health benefits and a Hindu form of cultural greeting and/or parting from Sanskrit known as Namaste: “I bow to the divine in you”.

Attuned Vitality owner, Debby Kemsley describes her Laughter Yoga Club as “exercise for the soul” – designed to drive the stale air from your lungs, while creating a favourable environment for the happy, feel-good hormones - endorphins. Each 30 minute session features alternating sequences of laughter and breathing exercises, repeated over five rounds, followed by a pause at the end of each sequence.

“Laughing can increase the body’s endorphin levels to create a more positive attitude and generate a lot of energy. It can also lower the stress hormone cortisol, which can make people feel tired and unenergetic, without them even realising why,” Debby said.

Laughter Yoga Club will be at Deloraine House starting on 13th March, Wednesdays 9.00am for a 9.15am start. It’s free. Private and extra sessions also available. Contact Debby Kemsley: 0477 772 739.

From L-R Brenda Greichen, Debby Kemsley and Jilli Porter-Bains, all practice laughing yoga on a regular basis.   Photo | Mike Moores

From L-R Brenda Greichen, Debby Kemsley and Jilli Porter-Bains, all practice laughing yoga on a regular basis.

Photo | Mike Moores