Laughter, the Newsletter Nov. 19, 2010

Laughter: The Newsletter

November 19, 2010


Introducing: The New You, a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.

You look in the mirror and see the clear transformation. You are smiling the broadest smile ever.


Your eyes are sparkling. There are fewer wrinkles…at least it feels that way.


You take a deep breath and as you exhale, you sense a warmth in the pit of your stomach.


You close your eyes and that warm and fuzzy feeling floods your whole body.


You open your eyes and you are almost giddy with the vibrant energy coursing through your veins.


For a moment, you think you have died and gone to heaven.


But this is real.


You can’t wait to get to work and dig into those challenges. Challenges that you used to call “problems.”


You are only one measly little click away from all the details…just open the attachment for the wondrous story of…

The New You, A Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.

Certification training Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th, 2010 in Victoria.



Updated Laughter Schedule on our website:


Documentary about laughter: “Laughology.”


The Dalai Lama on why he is a professional laugher:

In an excerpt from his new book, My Spiritual Journey, The Dalai Lama shares his belief in the surprising power of laughter and smiles to reach other people, even our enemies.

“I Am a Professional Laugher

I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher. Laughing is a characteristic of the Tibetans, who are different in this from the Japanese or the Indians. They are very cheerful, like the Italians, rather than a little reserved, like the Germans or the English.”



People born to laugh, but learn to cry

Laughing at a good joke or when someone tickles us is instinctive, but crying when we’re sad is something we learn from other people, say scientists. They say that only expressions of laughter and relief are instinctive, whereas other emotional outbursts need to be learned. To find out which sounds are instinctive, a team led by Disa Sauter in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, asked eight deaf and eight hearing individuals to vocalise nine different emotions, but without words.

These included fear, relief, anger, hilarity, triumph, disgust and sadness.

It turned out that the only two easily identifiable emotional sounds made by the deaf participants were laughter and sighs of relief. –ANI London November 13, 2010

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Quote: “Material progress and a higher standard of living improve comfort and health but do not lead to a transformation of the mind, the only thing capable of providing lasting peace. Profound happiness, unlike fleeting pleasures, is spiritual by nature. It depends on the happiness of others, and it is based on love and tenderness.” –Dalai Lama

Laughter Yoga clubs promote and instil that inner joy or profound happiness the Dalai Lama speaks of. See you soon for your shot of profound happiness at a Laughter Yoga Club near you. J



Laughter Yoga helped me with Chronic Pain and Reflex Sympathetic Dystropy Syndrome (RSDS) (Testimonial):



How to Feel Authentic Joy…EVEN When Unhappy: Matti’s new website explores this phenomenon:


From Kathleen Sun, Laughter Yoga Teacher Extraordinaire:

Friends of Byron Katie & The Work,

There is a workshop running Nov 26-28 here in Victoria on The Work & is run by a certified facilitator (heard of Caitlan and not know personally, & met Kim at Oct 2010 School for Work in LA).

Please pass along this info to anyone who may be interested!

Feel free to contact the organizers or me if you have any questions (I’m not involved in organizing but can speak about my experience with The Work).

With heart, Kathleen



Victoria Laughter Yoga Club site:


Founder Dr. Madan Kataria’s site:



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
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.




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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