Laughter, The Newsletter Feb. 17, 2012

Hey Ho, fellow laughers. Laughter helps us to thrive in the dark days of winter.

Club updates:

Thursday club now accepting Drop-Ins. $8. Hope to see you one night…7:30pm at149 Oswego StreetinJames Bay. Walking distance for some. J

If you have been missing your Monday morning Gene Furbee laughter “fix”, here is the lowdown.3200 Lynwood Avenueat Tolmie 10:30am. Show up early to assure parking. Suggested donation $5-$10.

Saturdays 11am to noon in Colwood. Phone Miho Lindley for details: 250.391.1117. Always a great class. By donation also.

Kathleen Roxborough’s next class at the Monterey Centre 1442 Monterey Avenue starts on March 7th. 4.45pm, a one hour class. Details and to sign up 250.370.7300.

Matti’s Saturday morning class is moving to afternoons. We are “lining up the ducks” so to speak. No doubt the last duck will be in place moments after I send this newsletter. ‘twas ever thus. J Like time 1-2pm Saturday afternoon. Likely place:Esquimalt.

I update the website about once a month, so it is usually up to date. You can check it out here when you need to:

Victoria Laughter Yoga Schedule: https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/laughter-schedule/

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Calling Leaders. Got a “heads up” from Janet show says the seniors facility where she works may be interested in a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader leading a group there. If interested, email me or call. victorialaughteryogaclub@gmail.com 250.477.8608.

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“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Wikipedia’s Definition of Laughter Yoga, from the Courtenay club website (thanks Alan): http://www.invokelaughter.com/wikipedias-definition-of-laughter-yoga/

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Laughter Yoga, 20 minutes a day…And how it CAN Improve The Bottom Line In Business!

by Heidi HeynsPower

Your First Question: ” You can’t be SERIOUS!!!….LAUGHTER….in the OFFICE????” My Answer…a BIG resounding”Ha Ha Ha…. YES!!!”

Imagine for a moment, the people that you work with…Laughing for Twenty Minutes before the start of every day at the office.

Are you picturing maybe that everyone gets along better when they are laughing?

Are you imagining that the result may be that people are less tense…and we all know that when people are free of stress they get an awful lot more work done. Are you following my chain of thought?

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT IT?

Improved immune system? Check!

Stronger arteries? Check!

Lowered Blood Pressure? Absolutely!

Stronger Heart? You think not? You’d be Wrong!

Improved Lung Capacity…

AND lowered Cortisol (nasty stress hormone!) and Lowered Adrenaline (also has adverse effects on the body when in a sustained excessive supply, such as under stress and tension throughout the day…not to mention sustained Laughter is ALSO a GREAT abdominal workout!

(and also..ONE MORE THING…you think FAKE LAUGHTER won’t be good enough? OUR BODIES ARE GULLIBLE!

If you fake laugh…your body doesn’t know the difference, it believes you. So…if you laugh and breathe and clap like everyone else in the class, you will get the SAME BENEFITS AS THEY DO! EVEN IF IT’S NOT GENUINE LAUGHTER!

WHERE ELSE WILL WE FIND FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SUSTAINED MIRTHFUL, JOYFUL and CHILDLIKE LAUGHTER?

Where else but in a Laughter Yoga session!!

Mirthful and Unconditional Laughter…It’s not found in comedy shops. Think about the jokes you usually hear at Comedy Shops…Are they making fun of someone? Of Something? IS your brain active? Do you have to think a little bit, sometimes?

UNCONDITIONAL laughter that requires no brain engagement…no making fun of anyone or anything…in fact, someone can participate who doesn’t even speak the language and still get the same immune response and all the other benefits. Without even understanding what the Leader is saying….

You’re thinking of a Group…Maybe of the people at your Office..and then you think, “Nah! This would never fly!”

Well, I invite you to imagine…imagine your colleagues, employees, staff, team, faculty…what have you, all experiencing these benefits together!!

…Laughter Yoga can help measurably REDUCE the devastating EFFECTS of STRESS whiles also INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY and MORALE in your office!! Now those aren’t such bad side effects, right? In fact, we generally call them BENEFITS!

WHAT IS LAUGHTER YOGA?

Well…first of all…YOGA…the word all by itself basically means “Unity Through Breath”…it’s the Word that comes BEFORE Yoga that tells you what kind of exercise you’ll be doing when you are breathing together, as a class.

In this case…it’s Laughter Exercises. Exercises that inspire Childlike, Playful, Joyful, Mirthful Laughter…the kind you see kids in hysterics with…Ask them what’s so funny and they double over, laughing even harder.

Remember those times!?? I bet your smiling just thinking about those times. That’s because Laughter feels so good! Just laughing, for no reason is a relaxing, joyful and healing moment…Imagine a whole hour of it! And yes! It’s as good as it sounds!

Laughter Yoga combines aspects of Yoga with aspects of

1. Mirthful, UNCONDITIONAL Childlike, Playfulness, (recalls happier, and much more relaxed times in our Lives)

2. Breathing, (helps to Oxygenate the cells) Clapping,(Clapping stimulates the acupressure meridians in our palms)

3. Light (VERY Light) Stretching.

4. Eye Contact

5. Limiting Participation of the Thinking Brain. (The less we THINK during Laughter Yoga, the BETTER!)

No Jokes.

No Comedy.

Just Laughter!

Sound Silly?

It is!

I mean…think about it….can you answer this Question….WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOUR FACE AND STOMACH ACHED FROM A PROLONGED and SUSTAINED BOUT OF LAUGHTER? When was the last time you laughed uproariously at work??

Even Oprah’s old curmugeon make-up guy, Reggie, was changed after his experience at a Laughter Yoga session!

(You may choose to pass this article on to your boss, or to someone you know who has a business. You may be helping them become more productive. Or contact me: victorialaughteryogaclub@gmail.com 250.477.8608.)

“I believe that Laugh Lines are Spiritual Braille, such that the spirits of Joy, Love, Wonder and Love may find us faster always!”

Heidi Heyns

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ARTICLES

The best medicine: The power of laughter

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/healthy-living/the-best-medicine-the-power-of-laughter-6288058.html

Laughter Makes You Happy

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03232/Laughter-Makes-You-Happy.html#.TwOQedSopdY.facebook

NETWORKING

Links:

Victoria Laughter Yoga Club site:

https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/

Founder Dr. Madan Kataria’s site:

http://www.laughteryoga.org/

Laughter is one of the missing nutrients. Vitamin “L” is needed daily.

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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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