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Laughter Yoga With Seniors

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With a distinct rise in life expectancy due to advances in medical science, the population of senior citizens is likely to triple by the year 2020. As the joint family structure crumbles and youngsters steer away from parents, the seniors, particularly in the West, find themselves alone either in aged care facilities or old-age homes. They are prone to frequent bouts of depression that often leads to a debilitating condition.

Laughter Yoga – the Best Medicine

Laughter Yoga is indeed the best medicine to be prescribed for seniors to keep them in good cheer. A good Hearty Laughter gets rid of stress, worry and depression. It touches the emotional core and alleviates feelings of loneliness and isolation. Besides being the panacea for good health, laughter generates positive thoughts and reduces the negative strains.

Hundreds and thousands have benefited by Laughter Yoga, a great therapeutic alternative that combines Laughter Exercises with Yogic Deep Breathing, for a complete workout of wellness. Elderly people suffer from a variety of diseases due to their reduced immunity, and a life long of unhealthy habits. Although not all diseases can be cured, laughter brings several positive changes. It is an instant stress buster, which helps to reduce the risk factors for cardiac diseases arising due to stress. Laughter helps to reduce blood pressure and lowers cholesterol levels.

Factors Affecting Seniors and How Laughter Yoga Helps

Retirement: The biggest stressor for seniors is a feeling of being ‘useless’ after retirement. It leads to major depression and mental agony. Lack of importance creates frustration and many a times proves extremely detrimental to physical and mental health. Extended Hearty Laughter helps to reduce stress and generate a positive attitude. Laughing together in a group helps to boost self-esteem and overcome feelings of insecurity.

Lack of Bonding: Laughter Yoga is especially beneficial for older people. Seniors are always in need of human contact. While most of them are surrounded by like minded peers, they still miss the bonding of a family. They need someone close with whom they can share their emotions.

Laughter Yoga sessions have the power to reach beyond the healing of laughter. The effective network of caring-sharing relationships is the key to a happy and healthy life. Relationships with people become very strong and the feeling of loneliness dissipates. Seniors enjoy the daily meetings as it generates a sense of belonging. Laughter Yoga can give seniors that much needed feeling of closeness and fraternity.

Physical immobility: Sedentary lifestyle, illness and lack of physical exercise cause stiffness of limbs and muscles, leads to immobility and pain and aches. Laughter Exercises coupled with deep diaphragmatic breathing are simple, structured and a lot of fun. They are easy, safe, and economical and provide a genuine form of physical exercise. Regardless of any limitations – cognitive or physical, they are appropriate for all. Extended Hearty Laughter is known to increase muscle movement, mobility and boost the immune system. It increases disease fighting cells and proteins, and triggers release of endorphins (body’s natural painkillers)

Decline of cognitive faculties: Faced with age and age-related troubles, seniors find that their physical and mental faculties decrease. With the beginning of certain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Senile Dementia, the capacity to comprehend humor declines. The degeneration of the brain cells makes it difficult for many seniors to understand and organize facts, let alone humor. Simple tasks become difficult, frustration levels rise making it harder for them to laugh.

Under such conditions Laughter Yoga is ideal for seniors to reap the scientifically proved benefits of laughter to improve their health and well-being. It helps to provide an emotional bonding and is one of the most powerful tools against depression.

Since humor is an intellectual phenomenon, seniors find it difficult to laugh without a reason. This is where Laughter Yoga helps them to be able to laugh and start living a life full of joy once again. Being a physical process, it does not require any mental abilities thus helping the older people to understand humor without using their cognitive faculties. A few hours of laughter every day will increase your memory, thinking ability and intellectual capacity.

Physical illness: Scientific studies have proven that the reason of frequent sickness is because there is a lack of oxygen in the body cells. Laughter Exercises and Deep Breathing help to attain good health by increasing the supply of oxygen. People in the Laughter Clubs with chronic pain, migraines, headaches and asthma have found attacks to become less frequent, and in some cases, to disappear completely. Many members with high blood pressure, severe spinal, neck or shoulder problems and even diabetes have found their life normalizing eventually requiring no medication. Many members with depression, anxiety and chronic stress related diseases have reported moving from debilitating fear and anxiety to a more positive state of mind, transforming their quality of life.

Social Laughter Clubs – A Boon for the Elderly

The simple fact is that, for humans to be happy, we need a network of healthy emotional relationships with a group of people who care about us and about whom we care. Social Laughter Clubs have the power to reach beyond the healing of laughter. The effective network of caring-sharing relationships is the key to a happy and healthy life. Relationships with people with whom one laughs with regularly becomes very strong.

Happiness through Emotional Networking

Sadly, for many elderly people, modern life does not include a network of caring and sharing relationships — The lack of two-way emotional dialogue and relationship leaves them without emotional grounding, often resulting in feelings of isolation and loneliness.

The amount of time spent with others is not what matters; it is the quality of interaction that is important. If there is lack of warmth and friendliness, it leads to anxiety and stress among the elderly. To facilitate better physical and mental health, Laughter Clubs provide a rich social network of people who care about one another, and perhaps even more importantly, a way of getting to know new people who we care about. This provides a sense of emotional security which resists stress and depression – the number one sickness in seniors.

The session with seniors is not just about laughter. It entails creating a connection with them, building a rapport by talking, listening and physical touch. A smile goes a long way to establish a bond with seniors who are in need of care and empathy. It creates an ambience of belonging and generates the much needed feeling of closeness and fraternity. Laughter sessions help them to share similar interests and instill familiarity and intimacy. It gives them the opportunity to confide their emotions and express themselves freely.

Laughter Yoga exercises are simple, structured and entertaining. They are easy and safe, and provide a genuine form of physical exercise. They appropriate for all, regardless of their cognitive, sensorial or motor abilities/limitations. People’s participation is invited and not imposed. Laughter Yoga appears to lift depression and replace it with a positive outlook. Health improves, many chronic ailments disappear, the exercise improves mobility, communication and relations also improve.

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Astrological Musings & More

New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter…the Moon is the closest celestial body to the Earth. Its effects can both be felt and seen by the inhabitants of this blue planet of ours. Tides rise and fall, people become overly emotional then sullen, our physical bodies experience the effects as does the Earth itself with earthquakes being more likely.

I’m an astrologer but I’m also a Wiccan. We live close to Nature and observe the signs given by the natural events taking place. We recognize that these changes are also changes in the energy that surrounds us. When the Moon is moving from New to Full, the energy is increasing. The light from the Moon is actually reflected sunlight and, while the Moon may be just a planet to some, from an energy perspective, the Moon is reflecting our emotions to us.

You can learn and begin to understand a lot about yourself with the knowledge of what sign the Moon was in when you were born. The information gleaned there can help you understand what affect the phases of the Moon may be having on you.

Why should that matter? Why should you care? To me, knowledge is power. In this case, it gives you the opportunity to take better control of the emotional side of your life through a better understanding of your actions and responses to people and situations. Better choices can be made which offers the opportunity for more peace in ones life. Who wouldn’t want that?

As you become familiar with your own Moon sign, you will begin to understand how, as the Moon passes through its phases and the zodiac signs, it affects you personally. Instead of being adrift in this tide of lunar energy, you now will have an awareness that allows you steer a more steady course through your life. You will have empowered yourself emotionally. Awesome!

So, as we head to the first Full Moon of 2015, know that you can manifest a more stable emotional course for yourself simply by knowing your Moon sign and learning what effects the Moon can have on you. Pretty cool, huh?

Mercury in Aquarius 2Before we get to that first Full Moon, we have Mercury transiting into Aquarius on Sunday, January 4th at 8:08 p.m. EST.

The energies of this placement create minds that are open to new experience. Aquarius being impersonal allows the mind to be unbiased, truthful and objective. Ideas become very original, unconventional even.

Mercury in Aquarius manifests the highest intuitive ability due to an easy connection to the Universal Mind, going beyond the limits of the individual ego.

Mental energy is stabilized and concentrated allowing for the possibility of telepathy occurring. This is an excellent time for astrology and occult study of any kind.

This is a time to seek mental stimulation through friendship and the company of intellectual and elderly persons.

Wolf MoonThen we have that Full Moon, sometimes referred to as the Wolf Moon, that will be occurring in the sign of Cancer on Sunday, January 4th at 11:53 p.m. EST.

Here, the Moon is in the sign it rules making it a very emotional, intuitive energy. This is a time to express ones true feelings. It’s time to stop repressing anything you have been holding onto for far too long.

The Full Moon allows us to bring this to a head as the Moon prepares to wane, thus clearing the path ahead of obstacles that may be holding us back. One thing that holds most of us back is our unexpressed feelings. This first Full Moon is calling us to clear our energy fields and our bodies of all those things we have kept hidden. Let go, so life can flow.

There is a nurturing energy with Moon in Cancer. Just be sure it doesn’t turn to smothering and possessiveness. Like many things in life, there is a delicate balance that needs to be achieved here.

This is also a passive, easy-going energy. While this can be very good in many situations, there are other situations where action is needed. Don’t allow this energy to stop your forward motion, if action is required.

If your natal Moon is in Cancer or you just feel the effects of this Full Moon, be prepared to express yourself and to instinctively know when that needs to happen. Don’t hold back. It’s time to speak up and let your feelings flow.

Mars in PiscesMars will go into Pisces on Monday, January 12th at 5:21 a.m. EST., a difficult placement for this fiery planet.

It’s not an aggressive energy, actually suggesting shyness. While the energy does create kindness, good listeners and a forgiving nature, it also can cause those influenced by it to too easily swayed by others. It can also create a fear of the unknown or aimless wandering with no goals. Emotions are unpredictable with ecstatic highs and depressive lows.

Alcohol and drugs should be used with care during this transit, especially if you have Mars in Pisces or just feel the effects of this transit.

Psychology, anything creative or any form of the occult can be very motivating now.

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As I close this first “Musings” for 2015, I want to remind everyone that Valentine’s Day is not that far away. That wonderful day dedicated to love. Whether it’s intimate love, familial love or friendship love, this is a time to celebrate it. With that in mind, I offer this astrological special:

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Until next time…

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