We had a busy weekend last weekend. Still recovering!
On Saturday, I sold my Catholic books at a women's conference. I sold some great books. I also heard some good speakers.
And then there was the 'Laughter Yoga" lady. Yikes.
It was a Catholic Conference. Yoga is considered 'New Age' and Catholics are not to dabble in any New Age activities.
Laughter Yoga is a form of Yoga (hasyayoga) in which the practitioner induces laughter in himself, not necessarily at the stimulus of humour.
The effect of being in a room full of people forcing themselves to laugh (under the tutelage of a certified teacher) was rather creepy. It reminded me of those scenes in some old movies were a person is having a dream sequence or a memory where a group of people is pointing at the dreamer and laughing.
It claims to have many health benefits. It can reduce high blood pressure, relieve stress, improve diabetes, reduces depression, increases oxygenation of the blood, releases endorphins...
As Catholics, we are to give pride of place to Gregorian Chant during liturgy. We can chant at home, too.
Guess what? Health benefits will ensue...lower stress, increased oxygen in the blood, increased muscle tone, reduced depression...and we're praying at the same time!
I hope it was ignorance, and not will, that had someone invite a yoga practitioner to a Catholic women's conference. Why would someone assume they had to look elsewhere for health benefits.
It annoys me that something as basic as laughter could be associated with spiritual practices. It's a bit like what's happened to rainbows.