Matti’s Weird, Wacky and Wonderful Victoria Newsletter April 3, 2014

Matti’s Weird, Wacky and Wonderful Victoria Newsletter


Dedicated to rooting out the Weird, Wacky and Wonderful stuff in Greater Victoria.


You know, stuff that makes you exclaim out loud: “Wowie-Zowie.”


This is great to share with newcomer friends but also you may find something that catches your eye, your breath or makes you smile.


A delight to start off:



Green Tea Delight: Kissako Green Tea Café. 2027 Oak Bay Ave.


Friend Leonard suggested. We went. $2.37 cents for a pot of Sencha, which was enough for both of us. Certainly better than the monster tea at another well known place for$7 for two! AND it was a great and unusual taste treat. Will return for some light dinner in coming weeks.




 “Hidden Walk Delight”


One of my favorite hidden walks is the walk around Swan Lake off McKenzie Avenue.  The walk talks about 40-45 minutes (if you don’t stop) but I encourage you to stop at one of the several bench or floating dock locations to enjoy the lake and all its creatures. –Erika





Get Your Spine Straight…er Aligned…You don’t REALLY want it straight J


Based on my experience of massage from Kathryn, she is amazing:


Align Your Spine Yoga Workshops May 10 and 31


Do you twist more easily to one side than the other? Do you notice one of your hips is tighter than the other?


If so, you may have an asymmetry or scoliosis curvature in your body. Learn how to address this on Sat. May 10 and/or Sat. May 31. Details:  Submitted by Kathryn Kusyszyn BA CNP CYT Health Coach and Bodyworker Tel: 778-433-9806 Book online:




Restaurant: Clay Pigeon. My buddy Rusty suggests:


Clay Pigeon.  1002 Blanchard street Victoria




Do You Know a Film Distributor?


My friend and fellow Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Gene Furbee was deeply involved in this documentary, even writing some of the music. Not surprising as it was his son who produced and directed this.


Huntingtons Dance – To educate people about Huntington’s Disease


If you have a contact who knows someone who knows someone..


You know the story, Six Degrees of Separation…we are separated from everyone on the planet by only six contacts.


They are at the stage where they are looking at distribution channels. Let me know if you have a lead for this worthy project.




A Gem of a Store..Hidden away on Store Street.


We practice Laughter Yoga here every second Wednesday. and yes, it is a delight to be in a place that brings back great memories of the original “Hippy” health food stores…Great selection.

2031 Store Street



Meditation. What does it have to do with Victoria. You and I are in Victoria…if we meditate, we are doing it here…ha ha…


Neuroscience proves meditation really works



Laughter Yoga: A Bunch of Places




Laughter Yoga at Creatively United for the Planet:


We will be introducing “The Great Big Nose Question.”



World Laughter Day First Sunday In May


Beacon Hill Park at the Sun Dial 11am, Sunday May 4th…More joy and laughter








Thanks to those who contributed.


Maybe this will get weirder and more wonderful if YOU choose to send me your weirdest suggestion….or most wonderful…or even wacky.


Send in your Weird, Wacky or Wonderful Suggestions for next newsletter by the first Wednesday of the month…next scheduled letter First Thursday of May.






Love and Laughter,



P.S. Must remember to mention Mulberry Cottage. This is where I lucked out to hang out in for two months while my flat is being fixed following the flood. Jo-Ann and Peter are true delights…and Jo-Ann has even started Laughter Yoga. Yay.




Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. Zen of Joy Consultant and Author of:


* The Zen of Joy. How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness & Success.


* 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health.   (No cost…yay!)






☼ No matter how happy or unhappy you are, you can feel “Authentic Joy” within minutes of accessing this video: Complimentary email course included: 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health.




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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