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Healthwatch: Laughing Yoga


FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO FIND OUT WHO IS BEHIND THE SCAM. IN TONIGHT’S HEALTH WATCH, AN UNUSUAL STYLE OF YOGA IS KEEPING STUDENTS IN STITCHES. LAUGHING YOGA COMBINES TRADITIONAL STRETCHING WITH GUT- BUSTING LAUGHS. AS CBS2’S CHRIS MARTINEZ TELLS US, IT CAN HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH BENEFITS. Reporter: THIS YOGA CLASS BEGINS WITH A FEW SIMPLE MOVES. ONE MORE TIME. INHALE. Reporter: AND THEN. [ LAUGHTER ] Reporter: THE LAUGHING BEGINS. LAUGHTER YOGA ON CALIFORNIA’S LAGUNA BEACH GUIDES STUDENTS THROUGH DIFFERENT EXERCISES DESIGNED TO MAKE THEM LAUGH. SOME PEOPLE HAVE THEIR FAVORITES. Reporter: INSTRUCTOR JEFFREY BRIAR BROUGHT LAUGHTER INTO HIS CLASSES 12 YEARS AGO. WHILE HE ADMITS THE PRACTICE CAN LOOK A BIT UNUSUAL, HE THINKS THE HEALTH BENEFITS ARE NO JOKE. I USED TO BE SICK ABOUT THREE WEEKS A YEAR. NOW I’LL GO YEARS WITH NO COLD, NO FLU. GAMMA FREQUENCY. Reporter: A DOCTOR SAYS THE BENEFITS OF LAUGHING ARE MEASURABLE. WE’RE STARTING TO UNDERSTAND LAUGHTER OF BETTER THAN WE EVER DID. Reporter: WITH TESTS LIKE THIS, BERK TRACKS THE EFFECTS OF LAUGHTER ON THE BRAIN AND BODY. RESEARCH SHOWS LAUGHING LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE AND REDUCES THE LEVEL OF STRESS HORMONES. IT ALSO HELPS BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. INCREASES IN ANTIBODIES THAT LOOK FOR GERMS AND BACTERIA AND SO FORTH. [ LAUGHTER ] Reporter: PEDIATRICIAN YOLANDA COLUMN HAS BEEN A LAUGHING YOGA STUDENT FOR TWO YEARS AND SAYS THE CLASS HAS CHANGED HER LIFE. I FEEL REJUVENATED, I FEEL ALIVE, I FEEL HAPPY. JUST BE FREE. LAUGH! [ LAUGHS ] YAY! [ LAUGHTER ]

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