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Central Library to Hold Laughter Yoga Session

by Katie Pyzyk May 16, 2012 at 10:45 am 4,624 19 Comments

Need a good laugh?  Tonight’s “Laughter Yoga” session might be just what you’re looking for. The free program takes place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street).

Laughter yoga is a practice started in India in 1995 to let people experience the medical benefits of laughter. The sessions are based on medical research indicating the human body apparently cannot tell the difference between real laughter and fake laughter.

Some of the benefits reportedly include an immune system boost, increased oxygen intake, increased “feel good” hormones and reduced stress hormones. To get the full benefits, a person must laugh heartily for a sustained period of time, about 15 minutes.

The four elements of laughter yoga are clapping and chanting, breathing, childlike playfulness and exercises.

“It’s geared to anyone who can laugh… of any fitness or mobility level,” the session’s instructor, Diane Cohen, told ARLnow.com. “At a time when many don’t have a reason to laugh, laughter yoga brings laughter — for no reason — to anyone willing to laugh. It’s non-political, non-religious, non-judgmental, non-competitive.”

Update 12:25 p.m. — A library spokesman has requested we clarify that this event is neither sponsored nor programmed by the library.

  • JimPB


    • Diane

      Yes, tonight, Wed., May 16, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. join us?

      • Robert Rivest

        It appears you have my video on your website, which is fine,
        but I do not wish to have your clickable link attached to my video on youtube:

        “As Seen On:
        ARLnow.com – Arlingto…”

        Please take your link off my video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppABQ8Z3lXc

        Thank You,

        Robert Rivest

  • Bluemontsince1961
  • Not your bro

    Reminds me of “The Road to Wellville.”


    • thegreatGU

      Love it

  • drax


  • JimPB

    It’s no laughing matter, the ARLCo library is a leader in innovations in services. Bravo.

    Missing, as yet: Follow throughs on tonight’s Laughter Yoga session:

    — a live broadcast of the session

    — a recording of the session that you can check-out for listening to

    — opportunity to contribute a recording of your prolonged laughter for the Laughter Yoga segment of the library’s audio collection

    — word on whether Santa(s) will be present in person or via IT

    • Diane

      Great ideas – no plans for recording for tonight. we’ll look into it for future sessions. as of now, no word on any Santa(s).
      join us?
      thank you!

  • Bacon

    Why don’t they just print out copies of the Trevor thread, pass them out, and give everyone there some real laughs?

    • Sad panda

      looks like that thread’s winding down 🙁

      • WeiQiang

        Totally, brah

  • Dude Where’s My Car

    hope they have some EMTs standing by.


    • drax



  • KalashniKEV

    As a training aid, they’re going to read the list of Vanity Projects that have already failed, are currently failing, and are scheduled for try-and-fail in the near future.

  • DarkHeart
  • novasteve

    Yes, the picture of Helen Thomas always makes me laugh.

    • Tabs

      post pics of you and we’ll decide who’s more fetching, you or Helen.

  • I could use a good laugh

    does one just show up, or is there a registration required? Is there an age minimum (I’d like to bring a 12 year old)?


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