Chuckles for the body and mind: Why laughter yoga is good for you

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Giggling and guffawing until your eyes water and your ribs shake: It’s pretty clear that laughter is good for you. And the more often you laugh, the better it is for both your mental and physical well-being. So, it makes sense to harness the positive effects of laughter and combine it with yoga – to create so-called “laughter yoga.” But what exactly is it? “Yoga techniques such as stretching and breathing exercises are combined with playful laughter exercises,” says Flensburg-based humour researcher Professor Tabea Scheel. The idea is that the laughter, which is fake at first, turns into genui…

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