World Laughter Day Sun. May 1st 2-3pm Saxe Pointe Park. Laughter the Newsletter April 15, 2011

Laughter: The Newsletter

World Laughter Day!


First Sunday of every year!


2-3 pm Sunday, May 1st, 2011


Saxe Pointe Park

This year co-sponsored by Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

Here is the poster: Also attached. Please circulated widely…i.e. tell your friends (and your enemies…laugh with them…they become friends)


World Peace Through Laughter

World Laughter Day

Celebrate laughter and its potential in healing

Over 6,000 Laughter Yoga Clubs around the world celebrate laughter on the first Sunday in May.

Victoria Laughter Yoga Club members invite you to feel experience the joy of laughing “for no reason”

2pm – 3pm, Sunday May 1st. 2011 @ Saxe Pointe Park. End of Fraser Street in Esquimalt.

Co-sponsored by Victoria Laughter Yoga Club and the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

“Laughter Yoga” is the unique concept that we can laugh for no reason.

When you laugh, you change and when you change the whole world changes around you.-Dr. Madan Kataria, Founder of Laughter Yoga

The formula for world peace is very simple – one person at a time multiplies it and spreads it…When you change, the world changes. More peace inside, more peace outside. Laughter is a universal language which has the potential to unite humanity without religion.  Come to World Laughter Day and experience inner peace.


James Bay Community Centre Thursday session began last night.

Still time to register for the rest of the session (until April 21st), Session goes every Thursday until June 2nd. 6-7pm140 Oswego street. Phone 250.389.1470.

Victoria Laughter Yoga Schedule:



Awesome Video on Why Fun is Critical to Survival of the Species. Evolution’s gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans. “Play is the glue that holds us together.”

A Laughing Matter

Global TV piece on Laughter Yoga


5 Laughter Articles


Physiology of Breathing Dr. Madan Kataria, January 2011

Breathing is very fundamental to our life. We can live without food and water for several days but we can not survive without breathing even for few minutes. According to yoga the energy of life (life energy force) flows from the universal energy through our breath. Medically this energy of life can be equated with oxygen which is the basis of all metabolic activities and functioning of enzymes systems in our body cells. The lack of proper breathing is the root cause of less oxygen supply to our body cells.

Dual function of Breathing

Breathing is the only automatic process which has dual function. It goes automatic like heart beat under autonomic centers of the brain as well as it can be changed at will. With our deliberate conscious mind we can prolong the breath, shorten it or even hold the breath. By changing the way we breathe, we can change physiological functions at will. By moving our respiratory muscles we can expand our breathing capacity and increase the amount of oxygen to our body.

How prolonged Exhalation brings more oxygen

In order to understand how Laughter Yoga helps to improve oxygen to our body cells we need to understand physiology of breathing. Total normal capacity of human (male) lung is 6 Liters (6000ml) plus or minus 20%, depending upon the gender and body frame. Out of total 6 Liters capacity, lungs retain a 1200 ml to keep the lung cells called alveoli inflated. This is called residual air that can not be removed. Therefore, one can move up to 4800 ml of air in and out of lungs. This is called Forced Vital Capacity or FVC. But not everyone has the capability of using full 6 Litres capacity. Deep divers, swimmers and other athletes train themselves to utilize more than average capacity of their lungs.

During the normal breathing cycle (respiration), we inhale and exhale up to 500 ml to 700 ml of air (called Tidal Volume). Normally, we leave 2400 ml of air in the lungs as Reserve Volume after the tidal breath out. Out of 2400ml we can only force exhale 1200 ml as other 1200 ml is required to keep lung cells inflated that can not be exhaled. Therefore with laughter exercises we can get rid of extra 1200 ml of stale air which when replace by fresh air give more amount of oxygen. The inhaled air is oxygen rich, whereas the residual air stale and stagnant and has more CO2. Effective emptying of our lungs depends upon the effective use of diaphragm which is the major muscle of respiration. Laughter yoga exercises followed by deep diaphragmatic breathing helps us to renew the residual air in the lungs and that increases the net supply of oxygen to our body cells.

Also with deep breathing exercises we do in Laughter Yoga session we can force inhale up to 2500ml to 3000 ml (2.5L to 3L) of air which can increase net supply of oxygen.

Due to shallow breathing many of alveoli in the lungs (the air cells) do not expand fully and do not participate in respiration. Deep breathing exercises keep them open to participate in gas exchange to increase the supply of oxygen. The exchange of gases that take place in your lungs is called pulmonary respiration.

Ultimately we need oxygen for metabolism. The oxygen that is transferred to blood stream from inhaled air is utilized in mitochondria in the body cells (including brain cells) to generate energy by oxidation of glucose through a process called metabolism. This is called tissue respiration.

Brain is an amazingly hungry organ – it is only 2% of the human body weight, yet it consumes 20% of the energy mitochondria produces and requires more than 25% of the oxygen out of the blood stream. Many experiments have shown that one can increase brain alertness by either increasing glucose supply to the brain or the supply of oxygen to make the energy production more efficient. Deep breathing helps with the better oxygen supply.

Therefore your ability to breathe deeply depends upon you ability to exhale longer so as to empty the lungs and get rid of residual air which has more stale air with CO2. Also proper expansion of thoracic cavity. Laughter Yoga is an art of exhaling longer and that helps you exhale CO2 stagnant residual air from the lungs and hence increase the oxygen supply to your body and the brain. Laughter yoga is based on age old yogic wisdom of prolonged exhalation helps us to bring more oxygen to the body and brain. Imagine thousands of years ago no one knew about physiology of breathing but yogis knew by the way of experience that prolonged exhalation is the way to bring more oxygen to your body cells.

Exhaling longer than inhalation might take some practice and efforts but laughing for no reason is the easiest way to force your stale air out of your longs in order to get more oxygen to your body cells. The iconic posture of Laughter Yoga, laughing by Spreading arms up towards the sky allows chest to expand, so lungs get more space to expand. Laughing from the belly helps to move your Diaphragm efficiently and expand the abdomen so lungs get more space to expand.



Victoria Laughter Yoga Club site:

Founder Dr. Madan Kataria’s site:


Laugh along daily with Matti with his


Free laughter video


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“108 Tips for more Joy, Energy and Health”


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Melanie Rudolph
 created a doc “Some of the Best Laughter Yoga Videos Around the World

NBC News Clip with First Lady, Michelle Obama

Benefits of Laughter Yoga with John Cleese

World Laughter Day Copenhagen10,000 People

Psychiatrist Recommends Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga on CNN

Laughter Yoga in BlindSchoolin India

Laughter Yoga Live Show

Laughter Yoga in Uganda

Laughter Yoga in Prisons with Rebecca Foster

Laughter Yoga in Tunisia

Taiwan Laugh & Dance for No Reason

TaiwanTestimonial Laughter Yoga Changed My Life

Laughter Yoga at MD AndersonCancer Center

Laughter Yoga with Deaf & Mute Children

Laughter Yoga in CancerHospitalin Chicago

Laughter Yoga on Discovery Channel

Laughter Yoga on Dancing with the Stars – Harry Hamlin

Laughter Yoga in Hospital in New York

Laughter Yoga with Police in the Philippines

World Laughter Day 2010 on CNN

Laughter Yoga with Street Children India

Laughter Yoga with Seniors with Dr. Kataria

Laughter Yoga with Multiple Sclerosis

98 Year old TaiwanLaughter Yoga Participant

Global World Laughter Day Video from Iran, Africa, etc.

Laughter Yoga Documentary Ireland Part 1

Laughter Yoga Documentary Ireland Part 2

Laughter Yoga Documentary in India

Pangea day

Laughter yoga in Russia

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
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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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