Laughter, The Newsletter: Victoria Laughter Yoga Club June 14 2010

Laughter: The Newsletter

June 14, 2010


Nice to see summer peeking at us with a bit of sun and warmth. Hope your busy schedule has room for just soaking in the healing sun even if just for a few moments a day.

One of the eye exercises I learned takes just 60 seconds and is supposed to help not just eyesight, but general overall health.

Goes like this: Close your eyes and point your head to the sun. Count to 60. Apparently a 60 second “sun bath” for the eyes boosts the immune system. I also work on releasing the tensions around the eyes during those 60 seconds. Relaxing and releasing the tensions into “Father Sun” always helps my mood in the middle of the day.

Let me know how it works for you.


Summer Laughter Schedule underway

Memorial Park Esquimalt is the Saturday 10am session for the summer.

Monday 11 am and Wednesday 7 pm continue at Esquimalt Rec.

Miho’s Wednesday at 6pm sessions also continue. I do believe she may be taking a short holiday so check with her before heading out. See brochure attached for info.


Thanks to Gracie and Natalia for undertaking speaking engagements at Aberdeen and Royal Jubilee respectively in the last few weeks.



Laughter Affects Body Like Exercise

From Non Violent Communication:

Living Compassion Tip — Week 30

Come Play With Me!

Do you remember as a child asking, “Come play with me”? Or is there a child in your life who looks at you with those expectant wide eyes, pleading for you to come have some fun?

Play is a basic human need. Plato said, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

What pops into your head when you hear the word “play”? Language like fun, laughter, kid around, cut loose, clown around, frolic, or let your hair down? Or is it thoughts like, I wish I had the time, play is for kids, or I have too many responsibilities to play.

Do you take time to fulfill this basic human need? Do you have a slot in your weekly schedule for play? What is your level of need for play in your life?

Mindful Practice for the Week

This week take some time to play — whatever that means for you. Notice while you are playing how you feel. If play is new to your schedule, take time to decide how much play on a weekly basis will support you in being truly who you are. Enjoy your week!

Comment: “Take time to play.” How important a reminder. That is the “inner spirit of laughter” that Laughter Yoga founder Dr. Madan Kataria talks about. And one of the elements of Laughter Yoga is child-like play.

So…..come on out to Laughter Yoga again and stay in touch with your inner child…or re-establish connection with your inner child. Such an important part of our healing and overall health.


Email for more info:

Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
Victoria Laughter Yoga Clubs
Laughter Yoga is the unique concept that we can laugh for no reason at all.
* Laughter exercises send endorphins (feel good hormones) to the brain.
* Yoga breathing: more oxygen to brain and body equals:
* Feeling healthier and more energetic.
* Sessions are led by a certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
* Non-profit, non-religious, non-political
Email for more info
110-174 Wilson Street Victoria, BC, Canada V9A 7N7
P.S. Quote:“Joy comes from using your potential.” – Will Schultz


About Victoria Laughter Yoga Club

Victoria Laughter Yoga Club is affiliated with Dr. Madan Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga. We laugh: Just ‘cause: ☺It feels good ☺Fights cancer* ☺Conquers stress ☺Improves circulation ☺Smooths out wrinkles ☺Is efficient exercise** ☺Slows the aging process ☺Boosts immunity(fight colds) ☺Oxygen to brain=clear thinking * Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology, Nobel Prize Winner (twice) says: “Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen to the cells and are the most important factors in living a disease-free and energetic life. When cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not and cannot occur.” (My bolding) **Dr. W. Fry states that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes or rowing or jogging.(Journal of General Psychology, 1938) Laughter Yoga goes beyond just laughter. Founder Dr. Madan Kataria has developed techniques to stimulate childlike playfulness, to adjust the aerobic and stretching component, and to promote emotional flow and release. Laughter Yoga can improve your physical health, release negative thoughts and emotions and get in touch with your spiritual nature. It helps us to develop an attitude of forgiveness, generosity, compassion and helpfulness while actively seeking the happiness of others. Combined, these principles can provide a powerful life-changing experience that we call the inner spirit of laughter. Laughter Yoga Clubs are non-political, non-religious, non-profit. There are a number of clubs in the Victoria area. Email for more info and current schedule:
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