Laugha Yoga: Intentional Laughing
Saturday, 3:00pm | Bridge
Laughter has many physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits, including: releases endorphins which improves mood; boosts immunity; lowers blood pressure; relaxes and unwinds the muscles; nurtures hope and optimism; improves self-confidence; improves alertness; improves social cohesion and strengthens relationships; reduces pain and allows us to tolerate discomfort; shuts down the stress hormones released in stressful situations.
Laugha Yoga is a program of intentional laughing to achieve these many benefits. No yoga poses are performed; participants just need to bring a desire to have fun. I will lead a group in the Laugha Yoga practice and end with a relaxing meditation.
Kristie Miles is an Ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister and the Director of Pastoral Care at Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg Retirement Community in Virginia. She is a Certified Thanatologist and tries to balance that by practicing Laugha Yoga. Her favorite ancient Greek word is “Spoudogeloios” which is formed from two words: “spoudos,” which means “serious” or “earnest,” and “gelein,” which means “to laugh.” In other words, “spoudogeloios” is “serious-playful” or “solemn-joyful.” Hot Springs is her favorite place in the United States!
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