Laugh your way to well-being

By ELA LINDSAY

We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. Along with lowering blood pressure, reducing stress hormone levels and improving cardiac health, laughing also offers a decent abdominal workout.

Fifteen minutes of laughter burns about 10 to 40 calories. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, which leads to a general sense of well-being.

As a result, laughter yoga and laughing classes have sprung up all over the country.
Here are some local classes where you can laugh your way to better health.

Laughter Yoga, Relaxation and Meditation
Goebel Adult Community Center
1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks
5 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 28 through March 11
$60; for ages 18 and up
(805) 381-2744

Laughter Yoga
Camarillo Yoga Center
5800 Santa Rosa Road, Ste. 127, Camarillo
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Saturdays
Free; everyone welcome
(805) 484-8810

Laugh Your Way to Well Being
Borchard Community Center
190 Reino Road, Newbury Park
6:15 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 28 through March 4
$50; 18 and up
www.crpd.org
(805) 381-2791

Newbury Park Laughter Club
Conejo Valley High School auditorium
1872 Newbury Road, Newbury Park
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays
Free
Call Mary Watson at (805) 376-9641

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