Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, August 2009

“Having heard of Norman Cousins’ book, “Anatomy of an illness, I was intrigued to try out a laughter club. I attended two one-time sessions before finding a Saturday morning club here in Victoria. I immediately volunteered to get trained as a leader and enjoyed the whole process of coming to a club then learning how to lead one.

A real shift happened, though, when a friend told how a big change occurred in his life when he started participating two to three times a week. His wife had a stroke a few years earlier and there was a lot of stress and little laughter for them as he was taking care of his wife on a full time basis. Now, they were having more laughter throughout each day.

As a result of hearing that, I started attending 2-3 times a week and found it made a big difference for me as well. Specifically, chuckling or laughing at situations that in the past would have caused consternation, upset or downright anger. Also, I find myself smiling more and easier.

While life still hands me challenges, I find the load is much lighter now since Laughter Yoga has entered my life.

My thanks go out to Dr. Kataria and to all laughers who keep the joy of laughter alive in a challenging world.” -Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Victoria, BC, Canada. August 2009.


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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