You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Stretching for laughs in the park

News

Stretching for laughs in the park

Thursday 22 November, 2012

There was lots of laughter and long stretches for a group taking part in a special yoga session at Braeside Park recently. They were enjoying a Laughter Yoga class as part of a Re-Activate in Parks program for the ‘more mature’ age group, being run by Parks Victoria and COTA - Council of the Ageing.  

Laughter Yoga combines laughter with yoga breathing. The laughter is not for any of the usual reasons, but as a body exercise within a group, and one participant, Gaye, says it’s good for both mind and body.

“I felt more energized, and with a really positive attitude to the week ahead. I actually got a lot done in the afternoon after that session. I feel really comfortable participating in the laughter yoga with this particular group of people, as we’ve been together for 12 weeks in the Re-Activate in Parks program.”

Another member of the group, Rosaleen, really enjoyed the laughter technique. “It was a new way of opening up my mind, and it really releases tension. And what’s more it’s free, everyone can do it. ”

Re-Activate in Parks helps seniors connect with others in their local community through participation in recreation activities in local parks.

There is increasing evidence to show that getting out into a park and connecting with nature is good for both physical and mental health and well being.

Re-Activate is providing weekly activities such as park gym and tai chi for older adults in Braeside Park up until the 3rd December.

What's on

Click to view RSS Feed

Heart Foundation Walking - Park Walk

18 Sep 2014 10:00am-11:00am

Enjoy the great natural beauty of the Billy’s Creek area and learn some local history while enjoying a free guided walk run by Friends of Morwell National Park. The park is home to many species of native orchids, marsupials and birds, as well as relics of past land usage. Billy’s…

Click to view RSS Feed

Heart Foundation Walking - Park Walk

19 Sep 2014 10:00am-11:00am

Combining rare coastal woodlands and a beautiful coastline, this loop walk immerses the walker in natural beauty and a real sense of remoteness. Come along and enjoy this free guided walk by the Friends of Edwards Point Coastal Park.

Click to view RSS Feed

Kooyoora Wildflower Show

20 Sep 2014 12:00am - 21 Sep 2014 12:00am

Local wildflower display, bus tours, presentations, photographic competition, plant and local products sales, activities and more. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be available. Location: Inglewood Eucy Museum 20 Grant Street North, Inglewood

Click to view RSS Feed

Please note there is no Hanami Day event this year

20 Sep 2014 12:00am - 21 Sep 2014 12:00am

There will be no Hanami Day event this year, but visitors are encouraged to enjoy the gardens anytime during the cherry blossom flowering season that usually occurs across 2-3 weeks in September. Good places to enjoy the flowers include: George Tindale Memorial Gardens, Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens and the National…