Good health is our greatest asset. However, with the current hectic pace of life and high pressure living, we all suffer from varying degrees of stress. Stress and tension disrupt life and effect emotions, showing up in the form of fatigue, sleeplessness, poor health and a lack of inner serenity.
So how do we get rid of stress?
We all know that is easier said than done.
Aerobics classes, treadmills etc. etc. may help us feel better temporarily and we may even lose some weight, but they do nothing to make us calm and serene.
American research has shown that laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones and boosts immune functions. It also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers, and fosters general sunniness of temperament. A hearty laugh relieves tension from the body and helps overcome fatigue and tiredness. With laughter the body feels rejuvenated, anger subsides, and the mind becomes calm and refreshed.
But how easy is it to laugh without a joke? Not easy for most people.
This is where laughter therapy can help.
Laughter therapy is a component of yoga. It comprises a series of exercises in which we laugh without telling any jokes. Each style of laughter is designed to benefit a different part of the body, so doing the whole series will benefit the total body. But these laughter exercises are done as a segment of a total yoga regimen in which we do some yoga postures, some breathing exercises and some meditation as well.
So how do we learn how to combine them all together?
Sushil Bhatia has done just that for you in his book "Laughing your way to fitness with yoga and meditation".
The book is aimed at the novice in this area. It is for those who want something that is easy, fun and inexpensive. There are no gimmicks, no gadgets to buy, no special clothes to wear. It contains simple exercises, which each person can do at their own pace and in their own space. Everything is explained in simple to understand language and is an easy read.