Laugh Yoga: A Way to Better Health

You might question this type of yoga but it is a real thing and has proven to not only increase happiness, but it can also strengthen the immune system, reduce pain and lower stress. What is it you ask? It is called Laugh Yoga. You just giggled didn’t you. See? It’s working already and soon you’ll be laughing your way to better health.

According to Laughter Yoga University, I bet you’re laughing again at the thought, laugh yoga is based on the concept that voluntary laughter can provide the same health 
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benefits as spontaneous laughter. Visit  www.laughteryoga.org to watch their video and if it doesn’t make you laugh or at least smile, I don’t know what will. You do not have to master any traditional yoga postures. That alone should have you jumping for joy. You simply need to laugh.

Laugh yoga  can increase oxygen intake and blood flow, improve blood vessel function, and can lower blood pressure. All this helps protect your heart, boost energy, dissolve stress, and allows you to gain focus. Think of laugh yoga as a complement to low-impact cardio.

We don’t laugh enough. Start with a smile, then a giggle, and before you know it the room will be filled with chuckles, hearty laughs and howling hoots. Laugh yoga classes promise to make us all laugh harder, more deeply, and more fully than we’ve ever laughed before.

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co.

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Headphones On. World Off.

I don’t think we need a doctor or scientist to tell us how music influences our workout. It’s pretty simple; good music equals good workout. Music is a mood enhancer so depending on the beat of your music, it can help you perform repetitive motions, get your heart rate up as you cycle, or help you cool down after a rigourous stair master session.

Your playlist can set the pace for your exercise routine. You’ll most likely work harder and your playlist will provide a distraction while doing 100 of your least favorite reps. Mine happen to be triceps but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! After all, Spring is around the corner and who doesn’t love a sexy, sleeveless dress.

Whatever your reasons is…blast that music and work it out!

Here is a short playlist I use when I know my day is going to be busy, but a quick workout is better than no workout. It’s only about 15 minutes with a 3 minute cool down. Your mind, body and soul are worth 20 minutes out of your busy day.

Learn How To Live – Alice Merton
Like That – Bea Miller
Heroes – Alesso
Miss Me More – Kelsey Ballerina
On His Knees – Danny Elfman

Now take a deep breath and Embrace the Ride….you’re worth it!

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co.

 

Wear A Smile…One Size Fits All

We are all born with a complete understanding of fun. It seems to fade over time and conditioning. So if you have forgotten how to have fun, my advice is to look at a child. Remember, you’ve only got one life so Embrace The Ride and have fun!

Be Where You Are
Kids are really good at enjoying the moment. Stop thinking about tomorrow or next week. Where you are is where the fun is.

Learn Something New
From new words to new facial expressions, kids are constantly learning. Aren’t we the ones who tell our kids, “learning is fun”?

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Toddlers take risks all day long; learning to walk, climbing stairs, learning to swim. Adults tend to stay in their safe place. Muster the courage to wear that hot pink bathing suit you love so much.

Find The Music
While adults would find a car alarm loud and obnoxious, my kids would run to the front door yelling whose car is that or start dancing to the sound of the alarm. Find the music in your day.

Smile And Laugh As Much As Possible
I’ve read that children smile 400 times a day and adults only 15. Smiling is the catalyst to having fun.

Notice Nature
Children are in awe of ants, birds, clovers and dandelions. Allow yourself to be captivated by Mother Nature.

Be Unpredictable.
There is no knowing what a kid will get into. Step out of your ordinary routine and you’ll be surprised at how liberated you’ll feel.

Hand Out High Fives
Next time you hear some good news, give somebody a high-five. It feels good to get pumped about the little things.

Get Dirty
Kids aren’t afraid to experience life hands on and neither should you.

Break The Rules
Rules are based on what’s known and can inhibit what’s possible. Fun doesn’t follow all the rules.

 

By: Rebecca Louise | Realife Co