• Dr Laura Stix, ND

Laughter Yoga + Self-Hypnosis = Joyful Living

Laughter Yoga: Create Joy While Defeating Stress!

One of the easiest ways to create more joy in our lives is to laugh more! Did you know that children laugh approximately 300-400 times a day while adults laugh a mere 10-15 times a day? It’s true!

Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing, helping to cultivate childlike playfulness.

Laughter is simulated as a physical exercise and since the body cannot tell the difference between real and fake laughter, no sense of humour is necessary!!

It does NOT involve the yoga poses people typically think of when they think of “yoga”! Yogic breathing emphasizes expanding the lungs and extending the exhale longer than the inhale. This is what we do naturally when we laugh!

The good news is that we can shut off stress by simply laughing!! By stimulating the diaphragm and abdominal muscles,,Laughter Yoga is a physical exercise that turns on the relaxing (parasympathetic) nervous system, and turning off the stressful (sympathic) nervous system.

There are MANY benefits to Laughter Yoga….It elevates mood, boosts health, increases circulation, increases oxygen, reduces stress, boosts immune function, decreases blood pressure, is a natural pain killer and improves productivity, personal development, social connectivity, resilience and emotional balance.

Self-Hypnosis: Redefine Yourself!

The best way to think about self-hypnosis is to call it “Self-Guided Meditation”…this usually makes people feel more at ease with the concept of “hypnosis”. Really, it is just self-guided brain training where, while physically relaxing, a state of heightened awareness is developed and utilized. All that is required is knowledge of some of the simple tools and techniques that, with regular use, we can use to create the lives we deserve and desire.

Our minds have the wonderful ability to be “reprogrammed”. Simply through using our thoughts and imagination we can start changing how our brain cells fire together, and begin redefining our habits, behaviours, beliefs and mood. The wonderful thing about the mind is that it cannot tell the difference between a real, or an imagined experience! So when we practice training our minds to become what we desire them to be, that becomes our new “program”.

Isn’t it empowering to know that you have the capacity to become the person you desire to be, simply by changing your mind? Using self-hypnosis you can become the kind of person who remains calm in the face of stress, who eliminates self-limiting behaviours or frustrating habits, who has the ability to slow their mind down for sleep, who sees the world through the lens of optimism and joy…the only limits that exist are the ones we create for ourselves!

Everything that we are is defined by our mind, so self-hypnosis becomes a gateway to redefining who we are and how we show up in the world.