Check out this new fitness fad. It's part traditional Yoga, part improv, and part just plain silliness. It's called Laughter Yoga.
The class begins with everyone walking down the street with their hands in the air laughing hysterically. After "warming up," they form a little circle and begin clapping and chanting. Then they have a group stretch session.
The 45 minutes of light Yoga poses are combined with improv-style exercises to get you to loosen up emotionally. Things like telling an imaginary joke in gibberish, or playing on an imaginary swing set, or pretending to be a seal on the beach.
They wind down by lying on their backs, murmuring nonsense words, chuckling spontaneously, and beating their chests.
Laughter Yoga goers admit to feeling self-conscious at first, but then they just got connected to their inner child, and didn't care.
Want to find out more? Check out the American School of Laughter Yoga website.
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Want to know which celebrity is way serious about Laughter Yoga? Then
Jeremy Piven of HBO's Entourage is into Laughter Yoga and has also been spotted at the Jivamukti studio. He explores his passion for Yoga in India on the Discovery Channel's show Journey of a Lifetime.