Stretch & Move Your Way to Laughter

It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine and that yoga is 99 percent practice, only one percent theory. Putting the two together — in a rousing session of Laughter Yoga — is an enriching way to thaw out from the cold of winter and step into the sunshine of spring. A splendid way to treat yourself: both mind and body, with a hearty side of giggles.

Laughter Yoga Club Manchester prides itself on keeping each and every Meetup simple and playful. All you have to do is show up and laugh. There’s no pressure to dazzle others with jokes, force a smile, or even show up in a good mood. The beauty is showing up exactly as you are and relaxing into the moment.

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Mustering up the courage to attend any sort of fitness related Meetup can be a little intimidating. There can often be a little bit of hesitation when stepping into a new class or workshop, asking yourself: Will I know the right moves? What will the instructor be like? Will I stick out as the “new person”? The good news is this: that’s normal! Almost everyone feels those unsure feelings about being new.

The important part is to step directly through that hesitation to find what’s on the other side. More often than not, there’s a group of people waiting with open arms.

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The best Meetups are run by dedicated individuals like Maria, organizer of Laughter Yoga Club Manchester, who create a safe and welcoming environment for each and every member.

Members reveal the sort of lighthearted transformation that takes place at each Meetup. Member Tasha commented, “My soul was cleansed!” on a recent Meetup. George also wrote about the sort of community that he’s discovered: “You get a real sense of the positive values of laughing yoga, which mean you leave feeling relaxed, enriched and above all, happy! Strongly recommend.”

If you’re still unsure, that’s okay. Take a leap of faith and treat yourself to a heart-lifting, body-moving adventure. Find a local yoga Meetup — laughter or otherwise — near you.

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Josh Hersh
Josh loves the nitty gritty of bringing people together and helps support the Meetup community to have a seamless experience. He organizes The Thoughtful Gay Man Meetup. In his free time, you'll find him exploring the world of wine (he loves the Loire Valley!), studying Christian mysticism, and nerding out on the theories behind how communities are formed.