High on Endorphins
Fellow Laughter Yoga Teacher Gene Furbee and I made a Laughter Pilgrimage to the “All America Laughter Yoga Conference” this past weekend.
It was a blast. The highlight for us was the Saturday night Laughter Championships. We intended to watch, but could not help ourselves.
Our adventure began when I drove 5 of us, Gene, three ladies from Minnesota and myself to a wonderful restaurant I was raving about only to find it was closed! We all laughed. Luckily, across the street we found a sushi place and had many laughs there.
On the way back, we kept triggering each other in laughter and by the time we got to the venue, we were quite anarchic and disruptive. We chose to watch the proceedings from outside as we continued laughing so loudly. (We even got shushed by one of the organizers. Something to add to the resume’: “Got shushed for laughing too loudly at a Laughter Yoga conference.”)
Anyway, when the three registed teams had performed their first laughter challenge, we spontaneously burst onto the stage and did our thing. We were five and already breaking the rules as teams were supposed to be only four members.
This mayhem continued on through all the different laughter challenges (I think I now know what it must have felt like to be a Marx Brother.)
The last challenge was for us to perform the “mating call of the WaWa bird.” Gene and I went on stage by ourselves without the rest of the team and started our woo woo calling facing away from each other. Slowly we turned to each other and were attracted to each other. Then the three lady birds came on stage all confused about two males attracted to each other.
I have to buy the video of the conference now to see what this looked like from the outside.
From the inside, I cannot remember laughging so loudly, so deeply, so long and so joyously in all my life.
The next morning, we five got up and sang we were sorry, i.e. we chanted the Ho’Oponopono song: “I’m sorry, Please forgive me, thank you, I love you.”
Beyond the fun, we had some sincere learning. (Laughter Yoga folks are never serious, but we are sincere.)
My take away message came from two LY clubs who have expanded their missions and become much more social. They spend more time together socializing and even go on trips together.
For the fall session, it’s my intention to serve tea and possibly even cookies after Laughter Yoga classes.
We have a number of clubs in the Victoria area. Find the one closes to you here; https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/laughter-schedule/
Laughter Yoga on the Radio.
CFAX 1070 (on the AM dial) will be broadcasting a full 45 minute segment interviewing me about Laughter Yoga this Thursday, August 29 from 12.15 in the noon hour to 1pm.
Be sure to tune in and tell your friends who may be sitting on the fence about coming to Laughter Yoga.
For out-of-towners, you can listen on the web: http://www.cfax1070.com/
Victoria Laughter Day
The 2nd Annual Victoria Laughter Day will be at 11am to noon on Sunday, Sept. 15th at Saxe Point Park. A great time to be had…but only for those ho choose to attend.
Laugh daily with Matti.
Laughter is really a necessary daily nutrient. It may be why children are healthier than adults…they laugh more ?
Laugh along with me every day, if you choose: http://joyenergyandhealth.com/
You will see it on the right side of the page as the “Authentic Joy” video. Let me know how it goes. -Matti
Just For Fun
“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
All for now,
Love and Laughter,
Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Zen of Joy Instructor
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.
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