Laughing Yoga

I wish I was at yoga. It’s a Saturday morning in California. Yoga is kinda what you do.

I’m not a yogi, but I wish I was.  I think that’s going to be part of my new workout routine.  I haven’t actually done yoga since last June and it was hysterical. Literally.

Every year, my best friends from college and I travel somewhere fun together. Last summer, we headed to Laguna Beach. It was our “We’re Not 40…Yet” trip. Part of our goal with that trip was doing things we’ve never done, things out of our comfort zones which included something called Laughing Yoga.

We got up early on a Saturday morning and headed down to the main beach. Getting up early on vacation wasn’t something that we would ever normally do, but we were determined. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but we were already laughing before we even got there. We’re really good at laughing. We do it a lot.

One thing that we did know was that we weren’t going to be a big physical workout (which is why we walk a mile to get there, to get in an “actual” workout) but yoga on the beach has got to be a good thing, right? Spending time on the beach is never a bad thing.

There was a little bit of everyone there. People 20 to 80. People of every size, shape, and color.  People that do it every week and people like us just wanting to see what all of the laughing was all about. We took our shoes off, put our toes in the sand, got into a big circle around a king-sized bed sheet and started our first position.

Repeat after me, “Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha, Ha. Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha, Ha…”

Laughing Yoga was one of the silliest, weirdest, strangest things I’ve ever done. And not speaking for my friends here, but I loved every second of the craziness.  Why? Because it was so far out, so bizarre, you just had to love it. Here’s a video to prove just how nutty it was. I promise it is worth the 4 minutes and 37 seconds.

And that was exactly what it was like. “Very good, very good, yea! Very good, very good, yea!” It was crazy.  And in a crazy way, it was fun. We were laughing hysterically because we had never felt so ridiculous in our entire lives. But this trip we were all about doing and trying things that we had never done. Laughter Yoga certainly fell into that category.

In case you’re wondering, there is actual video footage of us doing laughing yoga, but my friends might never speak to me again if I posted it here. Instead here’s a picture post workout:

:: erin, foshee, kristi, amy, and me ::

Will we do it again? No, probably not. Definitely not. Yeah, probably never. It’s one of those “did it, done it, don’t need to do it again” type of things. Would I have done it with any other group of people than these dear friends? No way. I was in Laguna with my best friends on a beautiful day, followed by coffee and breakfast on the beach.

Now that I would do again and again.

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