Laughter Yoga, Cure for the Apocalypse & The Skill of Happiness. Laughter, the Newsletter Feb 18, 2011


April Davidson will be demonstrating Laughter Yoga at Saanich Parks And Rec in the Community Services Department on March 9th.

It’s a program called “Living Actively in Your Community” and will give a participants a taste of Laughter Yoga and may spark some good interest and maybe more laughers in some of our clubs.

April also tells me she had an awesome session with some First Nations elders. They wove some magic together.


Quote: “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls…A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.” Mother Teresa


As I write, Miho and April are leading teachers in Laughter Yoga during their Pro D, or Professional Development Day.

I am sure it will be great and everyone will have fun and learn about Laughter Yoga from 2 great leaders.


Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders Training Update

No date set yet for a training, but a few folks have expressed interest, so March or April look like a good window of opportunity.

If you have an interest, have a look at the attached article and then email me with:

a)   Your interest level on a scale of 1-10,

b)   Which weekend(s) in March or April would NOT work for you.

Many thanks, Matti. And use this email:


Quote: The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted. Mother Teresa

(1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)

Note: Laughter Yoga Clubs are inclusive. We love everyone equally. Great place to get connected with others.


Victoria Laughter Yoga Schedule:



Great article from the Huffington Post. Com:

Laughter Yoga: Cure for the Apocalypse

Gordy Grundy, Artist and Columnist. Posted: February 16, 2011

We are a long wink of an eye from the kickoff of the Apocalypse, and so far, I must say, “It’s not so bad.” Sure, the headlines are unnerving. Civil is not resting well. Circulation problems are stifling every system. Elections rancor. But on the whole, there is much less fire and lava than I thought there’d be.

I intend to laugh my way through the Apocalypse. Reading a recent article in The New Yorker about Laughter Yoga, I was marveled by the brilliant logic of it. This low impact, chakra-smart exercise may be a true DIY miracle breakthrough. The process seems too good to be true. It’s nirvana for lazy people who like to have a good time and laugh a lot — just like me.

On a paint-chipped wall in the sour cafeteria of my dour workplace, there is a mural by a street artist that reads, “Laughter Oxygenates Your Soul.” I am already on the same page.

I want to become an advocate for Laughter Yoga. It can change the world. The physical action of laughing affects one’s Life on many levels: body, heart and soul. Laughter is a stress-reliever.

Laughter Yoga creates a practice or an exercise of laughing. The New Yorker piece by Raffi Khatchadourian describes the creation of the movement and its restorative and pain-relieving qualities.

Most compelling is a thorough section on the medical benefits. It’s an old story. Medical science has been considering the physiological benefits of laughter for a very long time (and pharmaceutical companies are trying to figure out how to charge for it). Now the Establishment needs to study it.

Some think that the intense joy and soulful freedom of laughter is like having a conversation with God. A good giggle is transcendent. In this Life, a laugh is often as good as it gets. Laughter is on par with the act of creation. Laughter is a shortcut to our pure inner-child. Love may conquer all, but the elation of Love is infrequent. A laugh can occur anywhere, spontaneously and easily. An orgasm tops the charts, but in deference, a laugh does not demand a partner, drinks and dinner.

Intrigued, I immediately found a Laughter Yoga meeting in a Los Angeles suburban city. I had to check it out. The group was captained by an Asian cheerleader who was filling in for the local leader who was teaching an out of town seminar. The group totaled six when I joined the room. Groups vary in size, averaging 20, but sometimes number a hundred.

The general premise is simple: breathe, relax the body and be joyful. You will live longer and better.

Some clapping, laughing and eyeball-locking interaction got the ball rolling. Nothing horribly lame, the exercises were simple, fun and creative. One does not need a joke (or Jay Leno) in order to laugh. You can guffaw just for the hell of it.

Your body doesn’t have a sense of humor, but it does know how every muscle and tendon changes and relaxes with a chortle. The oxygen intake is greater. The body recognizes the physical action of a laugh and everything reacts in the best possible way. Conversely, what does your body do when you are angry and frightened? It tenses up and shuts down.

After the session, I powwowed with my laugh mates. For the newbie, the most difficult thing in Laughter Yoga is allowing yourself to let go. We are vulnerable when we laugh. That is why so many people tend to be afraid of laughter, joy and glee.

In an environment where everyone is gladly forcing a laugh, it’s not so hard to peel the onionskin of our fears and swan dive into the womb of childlike merriment.

The hour flew by. I never broke a sweat, but I heated up. No exercise was repeated and oxygen was the focus. Breathing is something that we all do well enough, but few are really good at it.

Afterward, my lungs felt cleaner and larger. My head tingled with euphoria. A weight on my shoulders had lifted.

The days, life is harder and more confusing than ever before. The old tried-and-true survival tactics are insufficient for the fury of the End of Times. A case of Pabst Blue Ribbon is not enough. The only painkiller for an event like the Apocalypse is a strong sense of humor.

These are trying times. It is so easy to get lost in the dense jungle. There is a jigsaw of green in every direction, hiding due north. By gut or guile, we carry-on, hacking our machete into the endless and indistinguishable verdant color, wading a path forward. Somewhere, forward.

At times, we stop, retrace a path and change direction. It seems unending.

And, after a time, in an instant, we breakthrough to a wide clearing and crystal waters. The dense canopy of the jungle has lifted. We can see the sun, follow its direction and re-chart our path. We can start again, with a laugh.


Gordy Grundy is a Los Angeles based artist. His visual and literary work can be found at He is the mastermind of Fortuna.

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The Skill of Happiness Feb 15, 2011

From Matti’s Blog:


Victoria Laughter Yoga Club site:

Founder Dr. Madan Kataria’s site:

Laugh along daily with Matti with his Fr ee laughter video…Plus f r e e  email course:

“108 Tips for more Joy, Energy and Health”

Click here:

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
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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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