Laughter Yoga - No no, no no no!! I won't be going back to Laughter Yoga any time soon. You know that song by the Eagles - Hotel California? Specifically the line "you can check in any time you like, but you can never leave?"
I was a little spooked, I'm not going to lie. First of all the setting was very weird - the group met in a very old section of a local hospital which seemed to be entirely empty except for us. One member of my group wandered empty halls going in circles for what felt like hours before finally finding the right room. The room was not a typical hospital meeting room - it was like walking into a 1930's Hollywood horror movie set - formal ornate couches and chairs, heavy draperies covering floor to ceiling windows, large empty fireplaces, gilded candelabra and enormous chandeliers.
We worked our way through a number of "laughter exercises" which consisted of acting out "laughing phrases" such as "electric shock laughter" and "animal poop laughter" while walking around the room making eye contact with other group members. I tried to "go with it" and thought I did pretty well but I'm telling you the fake laughter and peoples' faces seemed more maniacal than playful. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind...perhaps a different group might have been more comfortable for me...I don't know.
Thankfully I had two friends with me and we made it through a really strange and surreal hour and were safely back on the streets of London once again. I felt like I had escaped an asylum!! Perhaps I'll try it again someday, I'm not sure, but definitely not this group. I feel more inclined to go for "real laughs" with my friends, and by reading funny books and watching funny stuff on youtube and Netflix. I found "faking it" kind of tiring after a while.
It seemed a lot like this...
Would you try Laughing Yoga? Should I give it another try now that I know what to expect?