TRIP OF THE WEEK

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

NO, it is not April 1. And, who knew, there re­ally is some­thing called laugh­ter yoga. Grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, laugh­ter yoga of­fers a pow­er­ful ex­er­cise and health regime by stim­u­lat­ing the pro­duc­tion of en­dor­phins, cre­at­ing a “feel good fac­tor” and boost­ing con­fi­dence. It also stim­u­lates the im­mune sys­tem, help­ing the body fight dis­ease while pro­vid­ing a great work­out, in­clud­ing ton­ing stom­ach mus­cles and ex­er­cis­ing in­ter­nal or­gans. Laugh­ing also re­duces stress and helps im­prove oxy­gen sup­ply, so can be help­ful for asthma suf­fer­ers.

It is prac­tised at the SwaSwara re­sort in Goa, and Well­be­ing Es­capes is of­fer­ing seven-night pack­ages from £900 per per­son (based on two shar­ing), which in­cludes full board ac­com­mo­da­tion in a Gar­den Villa, flights and car trans­fers. The re­sort, lo­cated on one of In­dia’s most beau­ti­ful beaches, also of­fers daily classes in med­i­ta­tion, pranayama and yoga nidra. Also on of­fer are morn­ing na­ture and bird-watch­ing walks with the res­i­dent nat­u­ral­ist, Ayurveda and cook­ery lessons. ( www.well­beingescapes.co.uk, 0845 602 6202).

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