Laughter Yoga and Oxytocin Research

Boy, last week sure went by fast! Unfortunately I missed the tri-mixer. I'm guessing that my classmates carried on in my stead. I was, instead, fighting with car issues. I'll spare you all the details. Suffice it to say, the "Wonder Wagon" (my car) will be seeing some time with the mechanic in the very near future. Hopefully it's all fixable.

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I wouldn't dare have taken pictures of this, but in Functional Rehabilitation this last week, we had a guest "lecturer" come do a yoga class with us! It was AWESOME! I used to do a fair amount of yoga and stretching but have fallen out of practice with it. It was good to learn some different poses. It's definitely something I'd like to get back into. Of course a lot of our patients will likely be yoga followers--so it's good to be familiar in that aspect.

The best part of the demonstration was trying "laughter yoga." If you haven't tried this--I highly recommend it. The teacher challenged us to laugh for one minute--stating that our bodies don't know the difference between fake and real laughter. Now, I disagree with this philosophically, but it was absolutely hilarious. I have to call out my classmate Alid Perez. We all started our "fake laugh," and I swear he burst into authentic laughter. Within seconds I was crying because I was laughing so hard. It was therapeutic in really amazing and odd ways. I'm honestly thinking that I will try to find a laughter yoga group to participate in. Here's a web article from The Body Knows Best about the benefits of laughter yoga. If you're interested in finding a laughter yoga group near you--try the Laughter Yoga website. Have a laugh! It might make all the difference.

I've been doing some research on a variety of topics this week, the latest of which is on oxytocin and its roles in social conditioning. It's absolutely fascinating. Most of the research stems from the links between oxytocin and bonding between mother and child, but there's also research regarding partners and long-term relationships. I had, jokingly, made comments about relationships and oxytocin before. I had absolutely no idea there was truth to it. So I'm eating it up with a spoon. I've even added it to my Pubmed research returns. I'll probably have a million of those before too long.

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Now that I'm driving a car without AC (in Florida!), I want to remind everybody how important it is to drink a lot of water. This page, The Health Benefits of Water, isn't very flashy, but has a lot of good factoids about water. The body is over 70% water, the brain 75%. We lose 1/2-1 cup of water out of the soles of our feet every day! That blows my chronic flip-flop wearing mind! To contribute to my own dehydration, I went out to Pass a Grille beach to take some pictures for you all. Enjoy and have a great week!