Laughter Yoga at Gilda's Club
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Inside Gilda's Club community room, you can hear chanting, wild monkey imitations, and yes, laughter.
The students in the class are participating in Laughter Yoga.
"The theory behind laughter yoga is that, 'if I act happy, I will be happy'," says Sue Ansari. She's been a Laughter Yoga teacher for five years.
The class begins with nearly 20 strangers but gradually, you see each one of them, making a connection with each other.
As cancer survivor Jami Dunbar experiences, "What shocked me the most is how it revealed how much sadness I have inside of me and that really surprised me. So often, I had to laugh instead of cry and I had to not cry."
And that feeling of sadness is something Laughter Yoga teacher Sue Ansari says occurs quite often during clas. "Often laughter is the key to unlock that emotion."
An emotion that Dunbar was relieved to let out. "I almost found like it was therapeutic," says Dunbar. "Like I need to keep doing this or talk to a counselor to find that laughter inside."
"This class is guaranteed laughter. And it's laughter as an exercise so that I'm getting all the benefits of laughter," says Ansari.
Laughter has been shown in studies to release your endorphins and lower your blood pressure, signaling your body to just relax, let go and discover yourself.
You have six more chances to try Laughter Yoga this weekend at Gilda's Club. Any one can go to the class - they just ask for a donation.
Here are the Laughter Yoga Classes:
Wednesday & Thursday March 14 & 15 - 10:00a and 7:00p
Friday-Saturday March 16 & 17 - 10:00a and 4:00p
Sunday March 18 - 3:00p and 6:00p
All classes are held at Gilda's Club on Bridge Street in Grand Rapids.