by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
Someone asked if “Laughter Yoga” is alright.
Like all forms of yoga, the techniques and postures are not the problem, but the association with yoga is a problem. “Yoga” is a treif (not kosher) word. It is a branch of religions that promote idolatry. But touching your toes or laughing is fine.
For instance, when you look up “laughter yoga,” their internet sites say that; “Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional laughter with Pranayama (yogic) breathing.”
(Gutman continues) “Pranayama” is an intense breathing practice within Hinduism which, when followed, will certainly lead to the acceptance of many gods. This is ingrained within these teachings, but they teach it in such a way that they make those “many little gods” seem okay! You cannot take yoga out of Hinduism. It is like trying to take the rosary out of catholicism.
Bottom line: if you can laugh, and such, without any association or reference to yoga, then go have a good time.