Laughter Yoga: Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Living Healthy with Arthritis LogoIt has been said that laughter is the best medicine, so take one class in Laughter Yoga and you may not need to call your doctor in the morning!
 
A free presentation, “Laughter Yoga: Laughter Is The Best Medicine,” will be offered by  the Arizona Arthritis Center on Wednesday, April 7, 6 to 7 P.M., at the Arizona Cancer Center, Room 2920, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The event is open to the public. Wear comfortable clothing.Seating is limited and prior registration is requested; contact the Arizona Arthritis Center, (520) 626-5040, or e-mailLivingHealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu
 
Laughter Yoga combines laughter exercises with deep breathing, simple stretching and cultivation of childlike playfulness, laughter meditation and deep relaxation. Anyone can do it, even in a wheelchair. The presentation also will cover laughing alone practices and the scientific research on the medical and psychological benefits of laughter.
 
Gita (Jill) FendelmanInstructor Gita (Jill) Fendelman is a certified Laughter Yoga teacher and Kripalu-certified yoga teacher. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, Gita lost flexibility, balance and strength and dealt with chronic pain. She discovered that 20 minutes of laughter could make her pain go away for hours. She considers Laughter Yoga part of her “inner pharmacy” and so far has not found the need to take any prescription drugs. There’s nothing so serious that a little laughter won’t help, and Laughter Yoga reminds you to laugh at whatever life throws at you!
 
The lecture is part of a series of “Living Healthy with Arthritis” monthly talks presented by the Life Compass initiative of the Arizona Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.
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The Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved technologies for diagnosing, measuring and treating the disease. For more information, please visit the Web site www.arthritis.arizona.edu