WHAT ARE YOU LAUGHING AT?
A laughter yoga club follows a set routine with a variety of types of laughter for group members to experience. Their mantra is ‘fake it until you make it,’ with the idea that enforced laughter ultimately makes people laugh out loud genuinely. Laughter techniques at club meetings include:
MOBILE PHONE LAUGH Imagine listening to a really funny conversation on your mobile phone, fingers sticking up like antennae.
GREETING LAUGH Shake hands and laugh with other members.
SHY LAUGH Cover face with hands, peer over top and giggle, cover face and peep out and giggle.
NO MONEY LAUGH Pulling out your pockets to show that you have no money, and pointing and laughing.
LAUGH AT YOURSELF: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Before you can laugh at others you should be prepared to laugh at yourself. Point to your chest and laugh.
MILKSHAKE LAUGH Holding imaginary glasses in each hand, pour liquid from one glass to the other whilst saying ‘Oooo, ahhhh’, then laughing as you tilt your head back whilst miming drinking the milk.
GIBBERISH A very good facial exercise and great for losing inhibitions. Just walk around having gibberish conversations with each other. Try to keep a straight face.
MEXICAN WAVE In a circle, lift your arms up and laugh Mexican wave-style.
LION LAUGH This is a yoga breath. Open eyes and mouth wide, stick out your tongue and laugh whilst holding your hands by the side of your head like lion’s paws.