Sahar Moussly, an Author and Master Behavioural Coach will be the first yogic instructor to introduce Laughter Yoga Therapy to residents across the United Arab Emirates starting May to commemorate the “World Laughter Day” which takes place on 6th May 2012.
Laughter Yoga is an improvised, simple and yet profound exercise routine that is sweeping the world across as the next wellbeing workout for all age groups without any side effects. It combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, that soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on researched and scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits; proving a hearty laugh is a good way to jog internally.
Sahar will lead laughter sessions that will commence from 16th May 2012 and will be held every Wednesday from 7:15 – 8:15 pm at DUCTAC – Mall of the Emirates (Enoc room).
Stressing on the importance of this therapy; Sahar Moussly, Author, Master Behavioural coach and now laughter therapist said, “Let us learn to define what happiness to you is and adopt the habit of humour. Laughter can not only improve health but bring new perspective, renew self-esteem and provide a sense of empowerment overall. It can help reduce the level of stress and anxiety. Laughter is the best medicine without any side effects.”
Clinical research on Laughter Yoga methods, conducted at the University of Graz in Austria; Bangalore, India and in the United States has proved that laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc.) in the blood. It fosters a positive and hopeful attitude. It is less likely for a person to succumb to stress and feelings of depression, helplessness and able to laugh away their troubles gradually. This concept is fast gaining popularity in schools, institutions, organisations and now even in the corporate world.