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Chuckling Chakras: The funny efficacy of laughter yoga

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

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Bali  /  Wed, November 13, 2019  /  01:38 pm
Chuckling Chakras: The funny efficacy of laughter yoga

Movements in laughter yoga sessions are easy to follow, even for those with no yoga experience. (Shutterstock/My Good Images)

As someone who favors gloom over delight, laughing is rarely something I enjoy doing. There’s an old Indonesian saying that goes, “Don’t laugh too much, otherwise you’ll be crying later on”. Though I try not to believe it, this saying stays on my mind and keeps me from laughing too much because there’s a small part of me that is afraid that I’ll be shedding tears afterwards. With that in mind, when I was invited to join a session of laughter yoga, also known as hasya, in the Amankila resort in East Bali, I made the firm decision not to get carried away by the situation. The morning session was held on one of the resort’s pavilions, which overlooked the Lombok Strait. To reach the pavilion, we walked along a stone path surrounded by beach vegetation and shaded by coconut trees. Strolling along the path, I could hear w...