I had the pleasure and privilege of giving a talk at the recent IFA conference in London. The theme was Preventative Healthcare, and my topic was ‘Laughter yoga’.
The significance of laughter yoga for aromatherapy professionals is its focus on self-care, with potential application for clients.
Laughter yoga is often thought of as a group activity, practised outdoors, with laughing-out-loud laughter. There is huge self-care potential in this.
However, there are other ways of practising laughter yoga including from the inside out (#laughteryogawithJoe) and this is where it can become directly applicable and useful to aromatherapy practitioners.
Laughter can be silent, internal and joyful.
Laughter yoga can be practised as an internal discipline with an energetic focus. This means being aware of and focusing on how the laughter yoga impacts mood and wellbeing, and how it can be directed to specific body parts.
Which brings us to our hands.
With practice, we can develop the ability to experience particular qualities in our hands.
For instance, we can both feel and transmit qualities like joy. We ourselves probably all recognise not only the difference of other people’s physical touch, but also the overall ‘feel’ and ‘presence’ of the practitioner.
Laughter yoga has the potential to increase the amount of joy we both feel and transmit through our hands.
Many of us will be familiar with some form of the Inner Smile meditation practice. We can use this in a physical way too.
The easiest way to start exploring this is through the power of your own smile.
The key practice is to smile a naturally warm and genuine smile and to feel this smile.
Once we have identified this feeling, we then practice moving it around our body, and to our hands. When we focus on feeling the feeling, we invariably start noticing differences – as will our clients.
Joy in our hands, everyone?