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Open Your Heart Chakra With Laughter Yoga

Upcoming Laughter Yoga Class

My next Laughter Yoga class is scheduled for Sunday, February 20, 2011 from 12 noon to 1 pm at Empowered Yoga in Wilmington.  Pre-registration is now open for this class. Sign up here.

While you’re signing up for class (like that gentle nudge?) why not check out some of the other groovy classes Empowered offers. I studied for my 200 hour yoga teacher training in this studio and I consider it my second home (but no one ever offers to do my laundry or make me pancakes – Doh)!

For additional details, click any image in this post or simply head on over to Empowered Yoga to sign up.

I hope to see your lovely face in the studio on February 20th. Namaste with giggles, Christa

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Class Description

Join Christa Scalies, RYT, CLYL (Certified Laughter Yoga Leader) and founder of Giggle On® for an interactive specialty class designed to help you open and balance your heart chakra using the Kundalini and Hatha based practice of Laughter Yoga (also called Hasya Yoga). This practice teaches you how to laugh without using jokes or humor and provides a safe space for you to tap into “ahimsa” and your inner child by letting go of judgment, negativity, hostility, fear and stress and replacing those feelings with love, peace, acceptance and joy.

Bring a yoga mat and an open mind. Beginners welcome.

Class content

- Stretching, clapping, chanting, playful interactive group laughter exercises, free flow laughter meditation, Bharamari pranayama (Humming Bee Breath) and silent meditation

Benefits

- Reduces the levels of stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol, stimulates deep breathing, boosts the immune system by increasing levels of anti-viral and anti-infection cells, lifts depression, relieves stress, boosts self-confidence, creativity and improves communication skills.


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Laugh your way to God?

Laugh your way to God? Laugh your way to love? What if you could reach enlightenment, joy and total relaxation through laughter?

Do you think you would be inclined to incorporate laughter into your day if you knew it would be a pathway to love,  growth and perhaps even God?

Hummmmmmmm…

Meet my buddy, Osho, a fellow giggle guru. I never met him but I love what he says about laughter.

Osho’s world class smile, sense of humor and joke delivery skills are on full display in this “spiritually incorrect” Osho International video. Osho says instead of “God”, the word “F**K” has become the most important word in the English language.

Ever wondered what it would be like to mix George Carlin’s humor with Ghandi’s demeanor?

Wait no more. Check out the video at the 1:20 and 2:20 minute mark. (I know my giggle yogini friend Joyce will love this!) If 4 letter words offend you, skip the video.

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” — Jean Houston

God, Granola & Yogic Woo-Woo

I was searching the Internet the other day and found a short written interview with Osho explaining why he tells jokes. Osho believes jokes are prayers and through laughter, we can reach God.

I realize some of you may feel talk of God is too granola-yogic-WooWoo for your tastes but that’s ok. To each his own. One of my fellow blogger mates, Tom Volkar, from Delightful Work once said he lost 60 readers overnight because he mentioned the word, “God”. God means many things to many people.

I’m one of God’s biggest fans. Because this is my blog, I’m going to let my God flag fly high since I am 100% certain God Giggles On!

I don’t think you need to believe in a supreme being to appreciate the sentiments stated by Osho about laughter. Perhaps reaching God is not your goal but maybe you would like to bring more peace, joy and relaxation into your life. Let laughter take you where you want to go! Let Laughter be your release. Let Laughter be the celebration of life!

“Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Who was Osho?

Osho, born Chandra Mohan Jain (Hindi: चन्द्र मोहन जैन) (11 December 1931 – 19 January 1990) was an Indian mystic and spiritual teacher who garnered an international following and created an enormous amount of controversy. He is one of my newest giggle gurus. Osho’s teachings emphasize the importance of meditation, awareness, love, celebration, creativity and humor (YAY!) – qualities that he viewed as being suppressed by adherence to religious tradition and static belief systems.  Boo to suppression and YAY for laughter! Source: Wikipedia

“Humor is the fastest, fleetest way of giving —it can change pain to joy in a mere millisecond.” — Stephen Post

Life, a Great Cosmic Joke

Osho was once asked:  Why do you tell jokes?

His response:

First, Religion is a complicated joke. If you don’t laugh at all you have missed the point; if you only laugh you have missed the point again. It is a very complicated joke.

And the whole of life is a great cosmic joke. It is not a serious phenomenon — take it seriously and you will go on missing it. It is understood only through laughter.

Have you not observed that man is the only animal who laughs? Aristotle says man is the rational animal. That may not be true — because ants are very rational and bees are very rational. In fact, compared to ants, man looks almost irrational. And a computer is very rational — compared to a computer, man is very irrational.

My definition of man is that man is the laughing animal. No computer laughs, no ant laughs, no bee laughs. If you come across a dog laughing you will be so scared! Or a buffalo suddenly laughs: you may have a heart attack. It is only man who can laugh, it is the highest peak of growth.

And it is through laughter that you will reach to God — because it is only through the highest that is in you that you can reach the ultimate. Laughter has to become the bridge. Laugh your way to God. I don’t say pray your way to God, I say laugh your way to God.

If you can laugh you will be able to love. If you can laugh you will be able to relax. Laughter relaxes like nothing else. So all jokes to me are prayers — that’s why I tell them. Laugh.

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What is Laughter Yoga?

Reduce Work Stress: the Healing Power of Laughter

Humor Plan of Action

Have Fun: Tips to bring playfulness into your life

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New Year’s Resolution question

It’s NYR time! You know…New Year’s Resolution time!

Have you thought about your resolution yet? Do you do the NYR thing or are you the kinda person who doesn’t bother with all the resolution hype?

I set mine!

My resolution has nothing to do with reducing carbs, waving ba-bye to my chocolate covered espresso bean addiction, eliminating caffeine, stopping the nasty glue sniffing habit (not that I have one), flossing my teeth twice a day (who really does this anyway?) or Om-ing my face off at the yoga studio.

[Note to self:  It might be a good idea to eliminate caffeine but get real Gigglina - that so ain't gonna happen. And one more thing, buy more floss.]

New Year’s Resolution Question

My friends at Open to Hope posed a New Year’s Resolution question to me, and in turn, I pose it to all of you, my fabulous Giggle On™ readers.

The question:

What one thing do you resolve to do in 2009 to bring hope to yourself and/or someone else who is dealing with a significant loss or sadness in their life?

My answer…

I resolve to super size my smile everyday in 2009.

The more I smile, the more others smile back at me.

When I turn my big Italian Christa smile on full blast, I radiate happiness and joy back to myself and others. It’s a win-win deal. I LOVE win-win deals!

A simple smile or a big toothed silly-ass grin has the potential to fill up our spiritual gas tanks with positive light and energy.

The act of smiling is a physical prayer of hope and we all have the ability to deliver this care package of happiness to others during every moment of everyday.

Smiling is an act of pure love.

LOVE HEALS.

Smiling is a fat-free, calorie-free and, as far as I know…still tax-free! (but hurry up, that could change but quick!)

Give the gift of hope. Smile!

P.S.  I also plan to buy props in 2009 to help me carry out the resolution. Note to self: Buy a mustache on a stick, a whoopee cushion and chattering teeth.

It’s your turn to answer the question.

Be as specific and as creative as you can. Your response, either serious or funny, will help someone in need (that someone could be YOU).

What one thing do YOU resolve to do in 2009 to bring hope to yourself and/or someone else who is dealing with a significant loss or sadness in their life?

Please post your comment below.

Thanks and remember,


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