Laughter, the Newsletter Sep. 9, 2010

Laughter: The Newsletter

Sep 9, 2010

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Additions to the Fall Schedule: Gracie:
Hello Laughter Lovelies!

Great News!! Victoria will have 2 new weekly Laughter Yoga sessions starting this Wednesday and Thursday!!

Very Good, Very Good, Yeah!

1.  Wednesdays, starting Sept. 8th  7-8pm @James Bay New Horizons Activity Centre,

234 Menzies St.

1st class: Free! $8 drop in, $6 per week for 8 week course   ( Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders pay what you’d like or come for free, it’s aprivilidge and delight to have you attend, come support more laughter in Victoria and  this new group and get your laughter fill, share an excercise or 2 or just participate, up to you!!)

2.   Thurdays, starting Sept. 9th 7-8pm @Fernwood Community Centre

1240 Gladstone Ave (near Chambers St.)

1st class: A toonie, $8 drop in, $6 per week for 10 week course. ( Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders pay what you’d like or come for free, it’s aprivilidge and delight to have you attend, come help spread more laughter and support  this new group and get your laughter fill, share an excercise or 2 or just participate, up to you!!)

**for more info contact Laughter Yoga Facilitator Gracie Gaughan, email: or

tele #: 250.590.0488

Hope you’ll join in on the fun!!

P.S. Thanks to all who attended the August Park sessions in James Bay, we had a great turn out and a blast! Very Good, Very Good, Yeah!


And Kathleen:

Hi  Everyone ,

Laughter Yoga classes continuing for Fall at the Monterey Centre ( 19yrs. +) September 13th. Monday evenings from 5:15p.m.-6:15 p.m.  There are also a day classes but uncertain as to times. Call and check it out 250-370-7300

Laughter Yoga classes are continuing at Saanich Commonwealth Place, Elk Lake Dr.   Check the Website or phone 250-475-7600
Starting  September 28th. ….  Tuesday nights 7p.m.-8p.m.

Offering a “FREE” info session September 21st. 7p.m.-8:30p.m.   at Saanich Commonwealth Place

Registrations on- line or by phone 250-475-7600…………………… Please Tell Your Friends!

And  ……………… there just may be some seats left at the Yakimovich Wellness Centre Sept. 24th. from 2p.m.-3:30p.m. for another FREE info session.
Look for classes in February at James Bay Community Centre And in the New Year at Panorama Rec. Centre.

Looking forward to Laughing with you! Hope to see you there!


Quotes: “A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.” Laura Ingalls Wilder 1867-1957, Author


Laughter Yoga Leader Training. Another weekend training coming up in the fall. Stay tuned.


Excellent article in Senior Living Magazine this month. On your newsstands and at this link:

Many thanks to Greg Van Dyke for superb reporting.

Fall Laughter Schedule

◊ Mondays, starting Sept 13, Gene Furbee moves his popular class to West Side Yoga Studio at #103-1249 Esquimalt Rd 10:30 am to 11:30am. $5 recommended drop in donation.

◊ Wednesdays 7-8pm at Esquimalt Rec Centre. April Davidson leading. $5 drop in and session subscription also available. Check at the desk. Starts Sept 8.

◊ Saturdays 10-11am, Matti will lead at Esquimalt Rec Centre. $5 drop in…just show up, no reservation needed.  Start Sept 11.

◊ Saturdays 11am to noon in Colwood. Phone Miho Lindley for details at 250.391.1117. Sept 11 start.


Article in Time Magazine (again)


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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
250-477-8608 To be removed from future mailings, reply to this email with REMOVE the subject field.



PS: Reward for reading through to the end:

Railroad  tracks. This is fascinating

Be sure to read the final paragraph; your understanding of it will depend on the earlier part of the content.

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used? Because that’s the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the US railroads.

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.

Why did ‘they’ use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.

Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder ‘What horse’s ass came up with this?’ you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses’ asses.)

Now, the twist to the story: When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah.

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel.

The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

So,  a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago  by the width of a horse’s ass.


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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