Dr Andrew Weil Recommends Laughter Yoga by jlhd32


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									Dr Andrew Weil Recommends Laughter Yoga
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 14:00
Dr Madan Kataria with Dr Andrew Weil

                                       Dr Andrew Weil, Director of Integrative Medicine
                                       at University of Arizona, American Physician and
                                       several best selling books on health and healing,
                                       highly recommends laughter Yoga. Dr Kataria met
                                       him during his visit to states last year. Dr Weil is
                                       planning research on Laughter Yoga methods.
                                       This is what he said in his interview with LIME
                                        “We’ve all heard laughter is the best medicine, I
                                       think that may literally be true. I’m not talking about
chuckling, I’m talking about real laughter when it becomes almost involuntary. Laugh
until you cry, and your muscles hurt and you fall down. There’s a really dramatic change
in physiology and neurochemistry, and there’s now a very interesting formal system of
inducing laughter that came out of India – it’s called laughter yoga. It was the invention
of an Indian physician who has started laughter yoga clubs around the world.

The method is interesting – groups of people meet on a regular basis. They begin by
doing some physical exercises to warm up and then some breathing exercises and then
they start laughing. They don’t use humor to do this, they simulate laughter and after a
while in a group this becomes real laughter and it goes on for several minutes and at the
end people are refreshed. This appears to lower stress dramatically, to deal with anxiety,
to really improve a whole variety of physical symptoms.

About Dr Weil
Andrew Thomas Weil (b.1942) is an American author and physician, best known for
establishing and popularizing the field of integrative medicine. Weil is the author of
several best-selling books and runs a website and monthly newsletter, where he
answers questions relating to health. He is the founder and Program Director of the
Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) at University of Arizona. Weil started PIM in 1994.
[1] He has become one of the leading proponents of integrative medicine.

Dr. Weil appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1997 and 2005. Time Magazine
also named him one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997 and one of the 100
most influential people in the world in 2005. He received the John P. McGovern Award in
Behavioral Sciences from Smithsonian Associates in 2005

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