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A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterwards. It even provides a good workout for the heart. Laughing 100 times is the equivalent to 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike!

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Laugh With 2 Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders

Adults over 18 are invited to attend a one hour Laughter Yoga session beginning at 10:30 AM, on Saturday, April 6 at Comox United Church, 250 Beach Drive near Comox Ave. in Comox. Alan Pattinson and Susan Baker, Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders will co-lead the sessions. They have been a “Laughter Team” for well over a year, leading Laughter Yoga sessions every other Saturday in Comox and once a month at The Views at St Joseph’s Hospital.

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“Our sessions at The Views prove that there are no physical requirements to participate in Laughter sessions because the entire session there is conducted with everyone seated in a big circle,” Susan says. “Really, the only requirement is a willingness to laugh.”

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When the brain signals the body to laugh, the body doesn’t care why; those feel-good hormones (endorphins) are released and stress is relieved. This quickly boosts the immune system, increases circulation, lowers blood pressure and also provides emotional and psychological release for an overall feeling of well-being.

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Feel free to wear bright colors, bring a friend, a water bottle and best of all share the gift of your laughter on Saturday, April 6th at 10:30 AM. (sessions are FREE, but donations to cover costs appreciated)

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Comox United Church lower side entrance is wheelchair accessible and will be the venue for Laughter Yoga every other week (exceptions in May) through the end of June. Dates are as follows: April 6 & 20, May 18, and June 1, 15 & 29. For more information call Susan at 250-890-0626.

 Posted by on April 3, 2013

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