Yoga is difficult. It involves all sorts of crazy stretches and poses that don’t occur naturally in real life. Well, we’ve seen the downward dog on more than one occasion at Club Dallas, but that’s another story altogether. And come to think of it, we’ve actually mastered the corpse pose. But other than that, we’re just not cut out for yoga.
Then some friends told us about laughter yoga. We thought they were talking about all-male nude yoga, but no, they meant laughter for the right reasons. Ha-ha-ha and all that jazz.
Led by Michele Schamburek, LaughYoga is a laughter club that meets at Cosmic Café on Oak Lawn. Each week, people come together to snicker, chortle, guffaw and flat-out scream with delight.
But it’s not as strange as it sounds (OK, it is, but we had a blast.)
Built around a central theme (in our case, Studio 54), participants are taken on an imaginary journey that allows them to laugh more easily, release tension and basically improve their overall health. (Laughter lowers stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving the body's resistance to disease.)
As the music blared, we disco-danced, flirted and boogie-oogie-oogied ‘til we just couldn’t boogie no more. And even though it’s perfectly acceptable to fake it (even faux laughter has its benefits), we found ourselves giggling like the schoolgirls we weren’t biologically meant to be.
Sure, it took us a few minutes to get over feeling self-conscious in front of strangers, but once we let ourselves go, it was fantastic. And the endorphin high lasted for several hours, so consider that fair warning if you need to get to sleep early.
If you’re feeling blue next Monday, you might just consider giving LaughYoga a whirl. We hear they’re coming to record the laugh track for the Charles in Charge reunion special, so fame could be in your future, too.
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
2912 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas