Laughter Yoga and Pelvic Floor

Saturdays 8 – 9am

Garden Studio

27th April: Free
Trial day: $15
Drop-in: $25
5 classes: $100 (1 free class)

Wheelchair Accessible

Laughter Yoga and Pelvic Floor

Laughter is basically an expiration. A very powerful expiration, which requires the effort of the whole body.

Laughter is feel free! When we feel free, without thinking about anything, totally in this cathartic experience (which those who have experienced laughter can understand and who cannot, can start experimenting), even our body lets itself go, especially the pelvic floor area which is totally released (in the event of a loud laugh even in an abrupt manner).

This can cause small leaks initially, but with time and stimulations, it can also leads to other problems, because the correct movement, which should make the pelvic floor during an expiration, is totally the opposite!

All this can be prevented or improved by training to coordinate breathing with the correct movement of the pelvic floor.

The concept is the same as one of the characteristics of Laughter Yoga: “You can train body and mind to laugh”. By repeating body behaviour over a period of time, the mind begins to generate predictable responses. The body learns to produce a reaction similar to the stimulation of the knee, without involving the rational part of the brain or the thought process. This is what is called “conditioning”. Training is the key word.

Training to laugh brings a positive attitude in life, brings laughter in everyday life because the body and mind get used to it. In the same way the perineum can also be trained, learning to coordinate the breathing and movement of the perineum so that it becomes automatic during laughter not releasing the muscle but contracting it. Therefore our breathing is very important to work on the pelvic floor.

During inspiration, the lungs, ribs, abdomen and pelvic floor muscle expand. On expiration, on the contrary, the muscular filaments of these tissues slip into each other. The diaphragm it is the only one that makes the opposite movement. On the pelvic floor rests the weight of a column constituted by the superposition of the organs. If the pelvic floor were not elastic, the pelvis organs would remain squeezed between it and the organic column, so urinary incontinence would become a permanent problem. The pelvic floor must compensate for changes in pressure due to coughing, hiccups, pregnancy, carrying weights and … laughing !! Only a dynamic structure of the pelvic floor can respond to this.

Class Structure

1- Breathing and visualise

Breathing is the purpose to work on the perineum and on the pelvic floor, so it is essential to deal with it carefully. We’ll visualise the muscular fibres of pelvic floor that slide one against the other, distancing and getting closer together and we’ll try to do the same movement with our hands, by distancing our fingers and then intertwining them. Breathing in and focusing on the pelvic floor muscles and on belly that perform the same movement of the hands is easy to understand the breathing that tells us our body and that we should always perform. Breathing out, the muscles of the belly and pelvic floor contract and the fingers meet again. During breath out, the energy gets taken upwards and in case of cough, for those suffering from incontinence, not only energy but also small losses!

2- Clapping with laughter mantra ho ho ha ha ha (making a small alteration changing ho ho with two inspirations) associated with the control of the perineal movement.

3- Calcutta laughter (making a small alteration changing ho ho with two inspirations) for energy sharing associated to the control of the perineal movements.

4- Exercises and games of laughter

Always starting from the laugh namaste, laughter of acceptance and laughter of the compliment. Other laughter exercises and games will change from session to session.

5- Laughter Meditation alternating with the use of the laughter mantra associated to perineum control. The meditation of laughter will be the most consistent part, but it will be alternated with a minute of mantra so as not to lose the sound of laughter but remember what movement the perineum must do.

6- Relaxation or with Humming or with Grounding dance or with Yoga Nidra.

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