with Neeta Merchant
What is Laughter yoga?
Laughter Yoga is a great fun exercise session which can be done with dance movements. The session combines laughter exercise (stimulated laughter) and yoga breathing, which turns into real laughter when practiced in a group. Per Dr. Kataria – the founder of this program, laughter has two sources – one from the body, and one from the mind.
What are the Benefits
Research studies have found that laughter has a variety of benefits – it helps to ease anxiety/depression, increases circulation, stimulates the immune system, prevents heart disease, exercises the muscles, reduces stress hormones and even invigorates the brain.
About Neeta Merchant
Neeta is a certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant who is very passionate about helping people cultivate a healthy relationship with food and their body. During her 31-year career in the corporate world and as a volunteer HICAP Counselor, she observed first-hand the devastating results as her clients and coworkers faced diagnoses like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental health struggles, and autoimmune disorders.
Like so many others, Neeta’s health was a gradual decline after a major accident. She spent years struggling to reclaim her health and vitality after surgery and life-threatening complications. Her symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue, fibromyalgia, chemical reactions led to additional health issues. Given the options of additional major surgeries and drugs for the rest of life, she began the fight for her quality of life, enduring many challenges on her road to healing and understands the pain of poor relationship with the food and the effects of conventional medicine on the health. Her quest to save her own life has transformed into a mission to support others on a similar journey.
Neeta has dedicated her life to helping people cultivate healthy relationships with their bodies and with food. She empowers and educates her clients to use food and lifestyle changes to support their body, mind, and spirit. Ultimately, they achieve balanced wellness and live a healthy, blissful life. Her values are to work with clients in a thoughtful compassionate way and hold their hand in their wellness journey.
Neeta obtained certifications in Holistic Nutrition from Bauman College, Berkeley, California in 2019. To complement her practice, she obtained certifications in Basic Yoga from Kaivalyadham, India and Laughter Yoga Instructor from Laughter Yoga International University. She teaches Laughter Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation to incorporate whole body wellness. She is a proud member of NANP (National Association of Nutrition Professionals) and an active Bauman Wellness Moderator and Facilitator teaching nutrition programs in the City of Irvine.
Neeta was born and raised in India and is deeply influenced by her country’s culture of diversity, traditions and values. Indian people, food and festivals, form a vivacious base of enlightening social spirit and enthusiasm. In her spare time, Neeta enjoys cooking and rehabbing traditional recipes into healthy dishes. She loves to read, travel, tune into nature when hiking or walking, and devotes her time to community service.