Laughter Yoga… Who doesn’t have time for a laugh?

The Birth of Laughter Yoga can be traced to the first days of Spring in the year 1995. Laughter Yoga was created by Dr. Madan Kataria (a physician from India) in collaboration with his wife Madhuri (a yoga instructor.

It’s based on the concept that the body can’t tell the difference between real laughter and fake laughter, so the physical and mental benefits are virtually the same!

Research shows laughing lowers blood pressure and reduces the level of stress hormones. It also helps boost the immune system.

“Laughter Yoga” on California’s Laguna Beach guides students through different exercises designed to make them laugh, and students have said that it has really changed their lives for the better!

Laughter yoga sessions may start with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, chanting, clapping, eye contact and body movement, to help break down inhibitions and encourage a sense of playfulness.

Breathing exercises are used to prepare the lungs for laughter, followed by a series of ‘laughter exercises’ that combine the method of acting and visualization techniques with playfulness, and even with just twenty minutes of laughter, is sufficient to develop full physiological benefits.

What do you think about Laughter Yoga?!?

 

Namaste!

How To Fit Yoga In Your Messy Life: Rebecca Pacheco Opens Up

Yoga can be intimidating for people. If you have been thinking that yoga has been reserved for a certain segment of people, you are wrong. Yoga is for everyone. Whether you are a yoga enthusiast or not, a personality you would like to learn more about is Rebecca Pacheco.

A yoga expert, Rebecca has a huge following in Boston and has many credentials to her name such as her first book, Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition To Fit Your Modern Life. Rebecca also happens to have a blog where she debunks myths regarding yoga and focuses on how yogic principles can be beneficial for our day to day lives.

According to Rebecca, if you can breathe, you can do yoga. Rebecca, who is happily married, is wife to a very athletic person but at the same time, she isn’t intimidated. According to people, yoga can sound a bit too precious and perfect for a lot of people to pursue it and incorporate it in their day to day lives. There are many stereotypes that surround yoga as well. People wonder how they can fit it in their tough routines and have other important queries as well.

Pacheco is a yoga guru. It is true. She has a decent approach and an approach that works well. Pacheco has taught Olympic swimmers to professional ballerinas. She is also a teacher at important meditation classes at Equinox Sports Club downtown.

Yoga is good for the body and your overall well-being and Pacheco is someone who is accessible because she started doing yoga regularly like all of us. She took her first class in Cape Cod when she was a teenager. She started practicing yoga on a beach mat.

Pacheco’s journey in yoga began in the late 1990s. She traveled to India to explore yoga. However, back then, she did not consider and think of it as something that she will take up as a career. Gradually, her interest in yoga began and improved. She then started blogging as Om Gal in 2008 and that was the start of her incredible journey.

Soon after, Rebecca started to write a book and that incorporates all the details about yoga. Her book, Do Your Om Thing came out in 2015 and it was a refreshing start to yoga and poses. She is now working on her second book and she is determined to do more. In her second book, she wants to understand and realize what the important questions are in your daily life and how you can give yourself to people in the Internet age where the internet is available 24/7.

On the other hand, yoga is a fun activity and one that should be incorporated by people in their day to day lives for obvious reasons. If you are having a bad day at work and want to gulp down on some pizza but at the same time want to know how to go about releasing the stresses and doing everything right? Yoga is the way and Rebecca is here to tell you just that.