No joke! Yoga class aims to change the world through laughter

For the last 20 years, the first Sunday in May has been dedicated to World Laughter Day.

Justin Udo
May 06, 2018 - 3:06 pm
World Laughter Day

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- For the last 20 years, the first Sunday in May has been dedicated to World Laughter Day. The purpose is to change the world in a peaceful and positive way through laughter.

On Sunday in Fairmount Park, it was a mix of meditative breathing and a good hearty chuckle during a laughter yoga class, led by Alexa Fong Drubay.

"It might seem a little strange initially, if you never tried it before," Drubay said, "but the more you practice it, the more you get into it and the more fun it becomes."

Drubay said the class has a little something for everyone.

"We're spreading laughter in all communities, we hope, from little kids all the way up to senior citizens," she said.

Drubay says laughing is good for both the body, by helping the heart, and the mind, by putting it at ease.

"We can all learn how to de-stress more with laughter," she said, "and it's also to create a positive way of connecting with people."

During laughter yoga classes, participants laugh at everything from running late to breaking a dish.

"We do all kinds of laughter exercises that are not based on jokes or comedy," Drubay said, "but rather on every day situations."

Drubay said even if you come to class with a frown, you're bound to leave with a smile.

"The fact that you're feeding off other people's laughter makes it infectious," she said.