Laughter Yoga for the win!

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Well we didn’t win the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge, but the journey was fun!  The Library Challenge Team the “Info-matics” sponsored the hour long midday event.

Our instructors Naturopathic doctors Hanifa Menan and Jeff Appelmann of the Menan Centre for Optimum Health in Oakville led 28 people through light stretching, yogic breathing, simulated laughter and play.

Laughter Yoga was created in 1995 by family physician Dr. Kataria, who was seeking a way to relieve stress for some of his patients.  These laughter exercises do not depend upon jokes which can be limited by experience and culture.  Artificial laughter results in reduction of stress, lower blood pressure and increase in endorphins.

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