What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter yoga is a modern exercise involving prolonged voluntary laughter. This type of yoga is performed without any humorous reason to laugh, yet provides similar physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter.

Laughter yoga sessions often 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.

Benefits

Reduce Stress

Laughter yoga has shown to decreases in cortisol levels up by up to 28%

Boost Energy

Laughter Yoga brings more oxygen to the body and brain, making us feel more energetic

Improve Mood

Laughing releases endorphins, helping to improve your mood within minutes

Quality of Life

Laughter helps us create a positive mental state and deal with difficult situations

Larry.jpg

Meet Larry

Laughter Yoga Leader

Laughter is a blessing. If you can laugh when there’s nothing to laugh at — you’ve got it.

In the News

unity in yoga.jpeg

Laughter Yoga

Laughter truly can be the best medicine!
 

Learn how the power of laughter and a commitment to laughter yoga has helped Larry O’Brien manage the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and bipolar disorder, as well as improve his overall quality of life.


Get ready to laugh out loud!

 

article.jpg

Providence

Larry O’Brien loves a quote from Hafiz, the medieval Persian poet: “Laughter is the sound of a soul waking up.”

When you see O’Brien in action, you’d believe it. During his laughter yoga sessions, he rides energetically around the room in his wheelchair. As he laughs, he claps out every syllable: “Ho! Ho! Ha-ha-ha! Very good! Very good! Yayyyy!”

age friendly.jpg

Age-Friendly RI Radio Hour

We have a great show for you to today!

 

I'm really really looking forward to this. I have with us (not in the studio, we're in our own homes in our own little Zoom boxes) Larry O'Brien who is from the providence Laughter Club.

0_Close-up-of-mature-woman-laughing-and-

How laughter really is the best cure for Covid blues, according to doctors

Doctors now say a daily giggle can boost our mental and physical health after a bleak year, with laughter the best cure for Covid blues

Larry.jpg

Boston Globe

Larry O’Brien laughs. A lot.

O’Brien, a Laughter Yoga leader, runs the Providence Laughter Club, which has taken to Zoom since the onset of COVID-19. All are welcome.

I sought him out because, like a lot of us these days, I needed a good laugh. I’d heard about him for years through my friend John Roarke.

larry2.jpg

The Providence Laughter Club on "Mann About Town"

An interview with Dick and Rona Mann of WBLQ radio in Westerly, RI

mann-about-town-ProvLaughterClub
00:00 / 39:39