Laughter the Newsletter Feb 11. 2011

Wow, what a class last night at the first night of 9 week session at James Bay Community Centre.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Kate Roxborough, for setting it up. I know she put a lot of energy and time into making it happen. Unfortunately, she has a family situation that needs her attention.

I am honoured and privileged to step in on her behalf and lead the class.

11 folks signed up for the full session and 3 of the 4 first night “drop-ins” signed up after for the full 9 weeks as well. Everyone in the group was so willing to let out their inner childlike playfulness. Very good, very good, yea!

And also thanks to Kate for this format. This is the first time that I am involved in a session that is NOT drop in, but rather folks made the commitment to stay for the full 9 weeks.

I am excited to experience the group energy building over that time and to see what happens when we get to know and trust each other. What kind of playful laughter shenanigans can we get ourselves into???

By the way, class number 2 is Thursday the 17th and there are a few spots left. One of the folks is actually from Seattle and she had ferry problems, so the 17th will be her first class as well.

And you can join us if you want to experience what a “closed” session is like. There will be no “drop-ins” at these classes, so we can really let our hair down and just focus on fun. Are you game?

If so, Call the James Bay Community Centre and reserve a spot. 250.389.1470.

P.S.: Did I read that right? Someone is coming up from Seattle to take the full 9 weeks with us? Yes! Again thanks to Kate for energetic promotion of this session.


Talking of Kate:

Now that my attention has been drawn to these “no drop-in” sessions of Kate’s, I notice that she has 4 more similar sessions starting in different locations:

Start Dates:

February 27th: Sundays 12.30 to 1.30pm

March 2nd: Wednesdays 3.15-4.15pm

March 7th: Mondays 10-11am (This one in Sidney), and

March 9th: Wednesdays 7-8pm.

All different locations. Check our website for full details and how to sign up:


More news: Miho will be leading local teachers in Laughter Yoga at a Professional Development Day. Way to go, Miho: Very good, very good, yea!


Victoria Laughter Yoga Schedule:



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.

My cheerfulness also comes from my family. I come from a small village, not a big city, and our way of life is more jovial. We are always amusing ourselves, teasing each other, joking. It’s our habit.

To that is added, as I often say, the responsibility of being realistic. Of course problems are there. But thinking only of the negative aspect doesn’t help to find solutions and it destroys peace of mind. Everything, though, is relative. You can see the positive side of even the worst tragedies if you adopt a holistic perspective. If you take the negative as absolute and definitive, however, you increase your worries and anxiety, whereas by broadening the way you look at a problem you understand what is bad about it, but you accept it. This attitude comes to me, from my practice and from Buddhist philosophy, which help me enormously.

I often say jokingly that a truly selfish person must be altruistic!

Take the loss of our country, for example. We are a stateless people, and we must confront adversity along with many painful circumstances in Tibet itself. Nevertheless, such experiences also bring many benefits.

As for me, I’ve been homeless for half a century. But I have found a large number of new homes throughout the vast world. If I had remained at the Potala, I don’t think I would have had the chance to meet so many personalities, so many heads of state in Asia, Taiwan, the United States, and Europe, popes as well as many famous scientists and economists.

The life of exile is an unfortunate life, but I have always tried to cultivate a happy state of mind, appreciating the opportunities this existence without a settled home, far from all protocol, has offered me. This way I have been able to preserve my inner peace.

I Love the Smile, Unique to Humans

If we are content just to think that compassion, rationality, and patience are good, that is not actually enough to develop these qualities. Difficulties provide the occasion to put them into practice. Who can make such occasions arise? Certainly not our friends, but rather our enemies, for they are the ones who pose the most problems. So that we truly want to progress on the path, we must regard our enemies as our best teachers.

For whoever holds love and compassion in high esteem, the practice of tolerance is essential, and it requires an enemy. We must be grateful to our enemies, then, because they help us best engender a serene mind! Anger and hatred are the real enemies that we must confront and defeat, not the “enemies” who appear from time to time in our lives.

Of course it is natural and right that we all want to have friends. I often say jokingly that a truly selfish person must be altruistic! You have to take care of others, of their well-being, by helping them and serving them, to have even more friends and make more smiles blossom. The result? When you yourself need help, you will find all you need! On the other hand, if you neglect others’ happiness, you will be the loser in the long run. Is friendship born of arguments, anger, jealousy, and unbridled competition? I don’t think so. Only affection produces authentic friends.

-from: “My Spiritual Journey” By Dalai Lama and Sofia Stril-Rever 304 pages. HarperOne. $25.99.



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Victoria Laughter Yoga Club site:

Founder Dr. Madan Kataria’s site:

Matti Anttila Site: Fr ee laughter video Plus: “108 tips for more Joy, Energy and Health” (email course):

Email for more info:

Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher


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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