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Laughter Yoga

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What’s so funny?

I walked to my first Laughter Yoga class wondering what you are probably wondering right now – what in the world is laughter yoga? Will there be a stand-up comedian cracking jokes while I am in downward dog?

I walked to my first Laughter Yoga class wondering what you are probably wondering right now – what in the world is laughter yoga? Will there be a stand-up comedian cracking jokes while I am in downward dog?

There was no comedian, and no downward dog, but there was plenty of laughter.

We started with a traditional cross-legged circle and introduced ourselves by our laughs, then took turns laughing like the other. While it sounds strange to laugh without thinking something is funny, we also laugh with joy, and this was the laughter of the second kind. Something took over, and what started as a pretend laugh became a real laugh as we passed our laughter around the circle.

According to Laughter Yoga instructor Vanessa Rhae Nordhues, whenever we laugh, our brains release positive hormones that induces yet more laughter and fills us with peace.

There were plenty of movement activities. We handed an imaginary phone off to one another and found hilarious laughter in what the imaginary person on the end had to say. We pretended to be in traffic and laughed hilariously at our minor collisions. We found laughter in the ridiculousness of life and let the stress melt away.

But I won’t give it all away. Vanessa has agreed to hold a free Laughter Yoga class at ICoHS.

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Where: ICOHS College: 1500 State Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Cost: FREE – donations are encouraged.

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

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Hibiscus tea is a sweet fall freshment that you can drink hot or cold that not only won’t add on pounds, but can actually help you lose weight. That’s right – lose weight. Hibiscus properties help to stimulate your metabolism which helps you shed those pounds.

But did you know it also comes with some amazing health benefits? Along with a slimmer figure, hibiscus tea is also heart healthy. It can help to lower high blood pressure as well as lower high cholesterol. It is also a mild anti-inflammatory and can help ease aches and pains caused by pressure in your body.

Next time you want to pick up a sweet hot or cold beverage with zero guilt, try a cup of hibiscus tea.