Kristina recently graduated from our 2014 Yoga Teacher Training Program and will be sharing her laughter and love of yoga at Queen Street Yoga, alternating teaching the Friday 5:30pm Hour Flow with her fellow YTT graduate Marta! Kristina is a tree-hugger by day, yogi by night. In her spare time she loves to knit, cycle, take photos of tiny things, laugh with friends, and drink tea.
People often comment on my laughter… I laugh a lot! And I’ve heard all sorts of opinions about my laughter – it’s the “best ever”, it’s too loud, it’s like a bubbling brook, it’s inappropriate at times…
But my favourite is always when people tell me that hearing my laugh causes them to laugh – it’s true, laughter is often contagious! And what’s wrong with that? I know how good laughing makes me feel – and it only feels better when I see that spreading around me.
Laughter as Medicine
I think a lot of people could use more laughter in their lives. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine, right?
Well, according to research, yes. A good laugh can go a long way. Laughter can have physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and quality-of-life benefits. Better yet, our brains can’t distinguish what is causing us to laugh. Whatever the cause of our laughter – a natural response to a funny joke, a contagion caught between friends, or self-induced fake-it-till you make it laughter – our brains perceive it the same way, releasing the benefits into our bodies.