Nov 02 2012
Come and have fun with the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club
Laughing is seriously good for you, Carol Ann Shannon and Nicole Worden say.
The pair are instructors in laughter yoga, a discipline developed by a doctor who discovered that deliberate, planned laughing can be a drug-free alternative to antidepressants.
Which is why Shannon, a South Surrey resident, owns two squeaky rubber chickens and a court jester’s hat and why Worden, a White Rock resident, happens to have a Viking helmet of the kind usually seen on old-time opera singers.
They demonstrate a laughter yoga exercise that involves shaking hands and laughing as they do it. If the laughing seems a little artificial at first, that’s okay.
“You fake it till you make it,” Worden says. “Laughter is contagious.”
And what starts as laughing for no reason becomes laughing for its own sake, Shannon explains.
“Sometimes, we laugh so hard that we cry,” Shannon says. “It’s insane fun. You feel divine.”
Shannon says working as a laughter yoga instructor has given her an opportunity to explore her inner child and laugh. Now, the self-described introvert will smile at strangers and say good morning.
Shannon and Worden lead the 20-member White Rock Laughter Yoga Club.
For more information about the White Rock Laughter Yoga Club, visit the club website: www.lafunnygirl.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Dan Ferguson, Peace Arch News