Big Giggly Goals
For weeks and weeks and weeks I have been been dreaming of new ways to expand on the Giggle On! idea.
- How do I most effectively spread the Don’t Give Up! Giggle On! mantra of resiliency, laughter and playfulness to all corners of the world?
- How do I integrate the mission of a social enterprise with a revenue-generating business? [Since firing myself from my day job 2 weeks ago I realize a girl has got to eat.]
- How does Giggle On become a transformational agent of large-scale social change? [I have BIG goals]
I recognize that depression and mental illness (plus a host of other physical ailments) cause hopelessness, pain, sadness, isolation, frustration, anxiety and even death for millions of people each year.
- What will Giggle On do (what will I do) to help transmute these negative feelings into laughter & joy?
I GOT IT! I GOT IT! I GOT IT!
Enter Stage Left: Carmela Carlyle and Laughter Yoga Leader Training
Over the weekend of May 16th and 17th, I will be in San Francisco with Lissa Rankin, my Owning Pink friend and together we will attend a Laughter Yoga Leader Training with Carmela Carlyle (pictured left).
Carmela is going to train me to be a Laughter Yoga Leader. Yeah baby!
Christa and Laughter Yoga – could this union BE anymore perfect?
I AM SO PSYCHED!
Laughter + Yoga = Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga was created by Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian medical doctor. He and his wife, Madhuri, a yoga teacher, integrated yoga breathing, stretches, clapping and laughter exercises to create Laughter Yoga. They started a small group in 1995 and there are now Laughter Yoga Clubs in 62 countries with thousands of people laughing for better health around the world everyday.
Have you experienced a laughter yoga class? Would you like to try laughter yoga? If so, I would love to hear from you.
I have been intrigued by the idea of Laughter Yoga since last August when I posted a YouTube video on the subject.
In my recent post, Yoga breathing with Whoopie Cushion, my intention was to open the dialogue about breathing, specifically deep breathing – or lung aerobics – in a fun way. You know me. I like fun. I love to laugh.
Reduce stress, B-R-E-A-T-H-E
I am a certified yoga teacher but I realize the average American or the majority of people who read my blog are not yogi’s or yogini’s. Incorporating the Whoopie Cushion got your attention and allowed me to briefly and comically address the importance of the breath for stress reduction.
The most important part of any yoga practice is the breath. Yoga cultivates deep breathing. Deep breathing increases oxygen delivery to the body, specifically, to your cells, and aids in detoxification and stress relief.
During deep breathing exercises in our yoga practice, we exhale more fully. The inhalation breath that occurs after a deep exhale allows more oxygen into the body.
More oxygen is good for you!
Laughter is a fast, easy and fun way to expel stale air from our lungs. Laughing strengthens our immune system, reduces stress, pain and depression, increases circulation, oxygenates lungs and tissues, relaxes and strengthens muscles, boosts endorphins and provides a connection for interpersonal communication to others in our community.