That’s funny, club’s back

By Olivia Duffey

The Deniliquin Laughter Club is back for the year, offering a weekly Laughter Yoga session.

Laughter Yoga was started in Mumbai, India almost 25 years ago by a medical doctor who was undertaking research on the health benefits of laughter. Since that time laughter clubs have spread to more than 100 countries worldwide and have been offered in Deniliquin by Lesley Hills since May last year.

‘‘Laughter Yoga is a process where we practice simulated laughter exercises, yoga breathing and relaxation,’’ Ms Hills said.

‘‘A sustained period of laughter releases the feel good chemicals of Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins into our bodies and in doing so regulates blood flow, oxygen to the brain, appetite, mood swings and in some cases eases depression and anxiety.

‘‘The aim of the session is to have fun, be playful and to allow ourselves to forget our everyday worries for that hour. A bonus to the club is that we don’t even have to practice any complicated yoga poses.’’

The club meets every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm until 7.30pm at the Intereach Community Centre in Trickett St.

A gold coin donation is required to assist meet the cost of room hire and insurance. New members are always welcome.

For more information contact Lesley Hills on 0458 007 435.