Event Details
Event Type: Online Class

August 19, 2023
10:00am - 11:00am
At your computer/device

Laugh Your Way to Well-Being

We can all use more laughter in our lives. Studies have shown that laughter has a number of beneficial effects on our well-being. It can release endorphins that improve your mood, reduce stress and tension, help relieve pain, and bring people closer together.

In this interactive online class, you will practice and learn about the health benefits of laughter yoga, a unique modality developed in India in 1995. Laughter yoga combines yogic breathing with laughter exercises in a playful and creative expression which can cultivate joy, imagination, and innovation.

In addition to laughter exercises, you will also be led through a gentle movement meditation in the form of basic qigong exercises and a body scan to stimulate relaxation and body awareness. No need to bring yoga mats. Ideally, you will have some privacy and a space where you can laugh without disturbing others. You will be encouraged to turn on your camera in order to interact and participate with others.

Attendance at the live session is required to receive incentive points. This class will not be recorded.

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Instructor: Gigi Otálvaro, PhD, is associate director of Stanford Living Education, where she leads the LifeWorks program which offers courses and workshops that integrate scholarship, creative expression, and embodied practices such as mindfulness and self-reflection. She is also certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader and is currently designing classes that combine laughter yoga with theater exercises and movement meditation practices.

Class details are subject to change.

Summer quarter registration opens on June 13