How laughter helps the mind and body

Posted at 02/24/14 5:55 PM

MANILA -- A  yoga practitioner has found a way to make the Indian practices more relevant to Filipinos.

Paolo Martin Trinidad decided to localize yoga and created what he calls "Pinoy Laughter Yoga," which incorporates Filipino values and games. 

"Kapag ang isang tao ay tumatawa, lalo na 'yung tinatawag nating scientific na pagtawa, na ginagamit ang diaphragm, agad na tumataas ang immune system. Nagci-circulate yung dugo, at kapag nag-circulate ang dugo, nalilinis ang system," Trinidad said in an interview on DZMM.

He added that the saying "laughter is the best medicine" came from a Bible verse, and was also mentioned in the Koran.

"Maraming benefits ang laughter therapy. Lumalabas 'yung stress, 'yung pagod kapag tumatawa ang isang tao," he pointed out.

Trinidad also advocates proper breathing, where a person should inhale and exhale slowly through the nose. This not only calms the brain but can also remove anger and anxiety.

"Kailangan i-train ang utak na huwag masyadong mag-isip ng negative, at iwasan ang galit," he said.

Citing studies, Trinidad said the average person has 60,000 thoughts every day. He noted that 85% of these thoughts are negative, while only 15% are positive.