Physical Therapy (Or Just Exercise) Turned Into Individualized Tai Chi Ending in Laughing Yoga—Therapy Turned Into Laughing Yoga
Every statistic about therapy (and a lot of other things) tells us about how many people it helps—but only if you actually do it. Therapy Turned Into Laughing Yoga is a way to interest more people who “won’t” do something about their chronic physical problems while also interesting them in doing it by helping them feel their own story about ___________ recovery (every person can fill in the “blank” of recovery). And Therapy Turned Into Laughing Yoga provides not just gentle stretching but provides a light aerobic workout through laughing. (It’s hard to hurt yourself laughing whatever the bad reputation it has for doing). Laughing Yoga is a wonderful way to feel better about yourself and bond with other yoga laughers. Follow each daily group session (or do it on your own) and walk to the store and buy some healthy things to eat. You should try to make new friends, people who will listen without judging you or offering advise (but nobody’s perfect).
How many of us are diligent about doing our physical therapy (or sport’s rehab) work? And whatever our age, we all feel better getting regular exercise—even if it only a tiny bit. And how many of us eat as right as we could? Shopping with friends makes it easier to pick out the healthier things. Include a small treat, maybe a candy bar broken into little pieces and shared with the group!
We’ve all had experiences that makes us feel happy or proud. Or you can try this with what you have overcome or are overcoming in life, but if it’s very emotional for you, please do it only while talking with a therapist or at least a good friend.
Physical therapists, sport trainers or make diagrams of the exercises for us to do. they want us to do. These show us moves which will help heal our bodies. Or approach it this way: where in your body does it hurt? If it hurts it might very well benefit from slow, gentle movement. Talk with your physical M.D. or clinic about what is OK and what is too much of a strain for you. Remember, only do a few moves at first, and if you aren’t too sore the next day, add a few more movements. Don’t overdo it the first day and end up in bed for a week rubbing the parts you hurt!
To start out, pin your diagrams on the wall (or you can in addition or all on your own make you own diagrams) Rearrange the diagrams in a circle to fit the actions into actions which become symbols of parts of your recovery story or visualizing your goal or dreams. This is a narrative but may involve only feelings etc. You are going to choreograph (a fancy word for create a dance) your own recovery story. It can be recovery from anything, many things, it doesn’t have to be the biggest thing in your life, or you could just choreography your hopes for the future. Do not choreograph yourself being victimized or abused. This is a happy dance and reliving terrible times can harm you further. This is a “recovery” story not an” illness” story—don’t wallow in troubles you found yourself earlier in life. Your story can be real, imaginative or a fantasy. You can share your story but you don’t have to share it with anyone except your friends.
After everyone has met each day (or week) and all simultaneously, at the same time, acted out or danced their stories, finish with Laughing Yoga and then walk to the store and shop together.
This is a pathway to recovery, finding laughter, making friends and eating good food. . Share the positive things that happen to you with your group and with others in your life.
They story of the history of this therapy is found at the website bedbugschool.net, where the protagonist , Carlos the Flying Bed Bug Hero, volunteers in his spare time to help other bugs encounter this Tai Chi of yoga.
Or if you want me to help you with your own story of transformation, please email me at MentalRecovery.wordpress.com.
Copyrighted with release if includes attribution to SMH NWSeedsOfChange.org. With Special thanks to Sandy who went down all these paths before me Feb 19, 2013. Brian Youngberg