Laughter yoga combines exercise with giggles 

One of the more unusual additions to the metro's yoga scene is Laughter Yoga, whose low-impact sessions of light stretching with gaggles of giggling are free, open to whoever shows up.

"It's people getting together as a group and laughing for no reason," teacher Christopher Slater said. "We don't use any jokes or comedy. We do some gentle breathing and stretching exercises, as well as laughter exercises. That combination makes for a stress-relieving, very joyful time."

BENEFITS
As one would expect of a club based primarily around chuckling, the sessions are highly informal.

"This is very gentle. There are no complex moves to learn. A child could come in for his first time and follow right along directly," said Slater, who noted that the fact that it is laughter rather than just deep breaths adds an extra kick to the exercise. "Plus, when you laugh, the brain releases chemicals and hormones that are good for the body " painkillers, anti-depressants. It's proven to help the cardiovascular system."

SCHOOLS
Slater plans to start visiting schools in hopes that laughter yoga might be offered as a way to make the long school days a bit more bearable.

"Academia tends to be too serious and, from my experience, it had a negative effect on me," he said. "Laughing, even just a little bit every day, will help release that tension. Plus, when you laugh, all that oxygen goes to the brain, making it easier to concentrate." "Charles Martin

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