Janet Prince actually has them laughing to different scenarios, some related to the month like Groundhog's Day, laughing as groundhogs or as the guy holding up the groundhog.
"Another thing that happens in February is Presidents Day, so we're going to be presidents for this next little series of laughter. We're gong to start with stately laughter because we're the president," Prince said.
Prince and her five "laughter yoga" participants laugh in a stately fashion as they walk about Unity of Kanwha Valley. "Now, we're going to be out on the campaign trail. You might kiss a baby, you might shake a hand, you might give a speech.
"Prince and Marianne and David Gettman, Sharon Mullins, Emily Cloxton and Megan Lyon laugh uproariously or giggle as they hug someone just met on the campaign trail.
Each laughter exercise ends with a rhythmic clap and chant: "Ho-ho, ha-ha-ha! Ho-ho, ha-ha-ha! Ho-ho, ha-ha-ha -- yay!"
The exercises and the cackles of laughter move on through more scenarios: The Superbowl, including both laughing cheerleaders, quarterbacks and the coach pacing the sidelines. Exercises are interspersed with gentle stretching.
"The laughter yoga motto is 'no pain, no pain,'" Prince said. "So you do nothing that you are not comfortable with. If we stretch the right make sure you stretch the left. We encourage you to breathe from your diaphragm because this is where you're getting most of the health benefit from laughter yoga is by getting good fresh oxygen into your body.
"Laughter yoga was developed by an Indian doctor, Madan Kataria, in the late 1990s and has become a worldwide phenomenom.
"Dr, Kataria, being a medical doctor, understood the physiology of how laughter can help the body," Prince said. "So he thought to himself could I get people to just laugh with me? And he went to the park and found five people who were willing to laugh with him. What they did at first they took turns telling jokes, What they found in a couple of weeks they ran out of material or the jokes were offensive. So, Dr. Kataria got with his wife who is a yoga master and they developed laughter yoga.
"This wasn't Prince's first brush with the healing power of laughter.
When Prince was living in Ohio she become involved with Toastmasters. "One of my assignments was to do a humor speech. I put that one off to the very last, But then I started researching laughter and I developed a speech called "Let's Laugh." And the speech was very well received and I won speech contests with this speech. So laughter was always there for me as something I could use to help deal with stress."
Then a couple years ago she was reading Parade magazine and on the front cover was a woman described as "a laugh ambassador."
"I'm like what in the world's that?! So I researched her online and discovered she was a laughter yoga teacher. Here this past summer I had some extra time and discovered there was going to be a weekend program for certification to become a laughter yoga leader. So I went to Columbus, Ohio and took this training and became a certified yoga laughter leader. That was this past July. In August we started sessions here at Unity of Kanwha Valley and we do it the second Saturday of every month."