Monday Punday

Too cute not to share.  Laughter is great medicine; contentment breeds calm ~ or here’s to hoping! Naturally, a balanced Yoga practice will stimulate the endorphins; you can also do a lot with breathing exercises.

A great yoga therapy technique to simulate laughter is Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati Pranayama (pronounced (kah-pah-lah-BAH-tee). Kapala = skull and bhati = light (implying perception, knowledge).
The effect of this energizing pranayama is to clear the mind, release emotional tensions, improve digestion, and leave you feeling “brighter,” almost as if your brain was standing in a warm and happy sunbeam.
Build up slowly!
Step by Step Guide:
Sit comfortably, using any support or props.  Try seated tadasana on a chair, if you like.
Focus on your lower abdomen, placing your hands there, one atop the other. Breathe in and then try laughing.
Notice the activity under your hands, as the belly contracts in short bursts.
Inhale, and as you exhale next time, repeat the same “ha ha ha” action but using short exhales through the nose.

Your inhales can be long, passive and slow, the exhales will be shorter bursts.  You can keep your hands on the belly and use them to pump the abdomen until you are comfortable and feel more adept at the rhythm.

Monday Punday

 

Rana Waxman (689 Posts)

Rana Waxman is a registered yoga therapist ERYT-500, with 20 years teaching. Rana believes that Yoga is a system which is accessible to everyone, although not a one-size fits all practice. Rana is a regular contributor to MindBodyGreen, Lole Blog, and Elephant Journal, and is often called the “Modern Yogini”. Rana's inspired style blends dynamic, strengthening flow, kinetic skills, alignment and restorative yoga. Rana leads workshops internationally, and is a teacher trainer for the Leeann Carey Yoga School, founder of the Yapana® Yoga Therapy Method. Rana has just released the YOGA MIND CD, filled with meditations and breathwork which perfectly accompany any and all levels and styles of practice. Rana currently resides and teaches in Jersey City


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About Rana Waxman

Rana Waxman is a registered yoga therapist ERYT-500, with 20 years teaching. Rana believes that Yoga is a system which is accessible to everyone, although not a one-size fits all practice. Rana is a regular contributor to MindBodyGreen, Lole Blog, and Elephant Journal, and is often called the “Modern Yogini”. Rana's inspired style blends dynamic, strengthening flow, kinetic skills, alignment and restorative yoga. Rana leads workshops internationally, and is a teacher trainer for the Leeann Carey Yoga School, founder of the Yapana® Yoga Therapy Method. Rana has just released the YOGA MIND CD, filled with meditations and breathwork which perfectly accompany any and all levels and styles of practice. Rana currently resides and teaches in Jersey City