Challenge Your Happiness Level. Victoria Laughter News July 24, 2014

Challenge Your Happiness Level!


This wonderful letter (email) from one of our Laughter Yoga Leaders, Marilyn Shane in Duncan, BC. Thanks Marilyn.


Good morning, Matti!


Interesting email! There’s always going to be a different way to look at pretty much everything, isn’t there! The bottom line here, is that LY is just good fun; incorporating great breathing, and belly contracting (dare I say ‘workout’) Let me just say…who hasn’t  experienced a sore belly after much laughter? Sad for them if never, eh?!


We don’t need scientists or Drs , or personal trainers to tell us we’ve just had an ab workout! (or not!)  And we are much more relaxed; de~stressed! Ok. Ok. Maybe it’s NOT equivalent to aerobic exercise, but it’s dang FUN and I’d far rather have a great belly laugh than get on a rowing machine any day!  ~ And this is coming from a 4 time (successful) bodybuilder! So, there’s THAT!


Why does LY even have to be touted as a workout as opposed to just really really good for you? After a session of LY, our whole body experiences a release of tightness in our muscles, our face gets a YES! workout of muscles like NOTHING can ever do for it~ great for tightening up aging skin/muscles, puts a twinkle back in our eyes, helps to clear our thinking….so much more that I don’t think we even need to say it’s ‘up there’ with cardio! Nope! It’s surpassed it! In a different way!


We need all these things to stay healthy. How could we hope for optimum health if we only did cardio and weight training yet never challenged our level of happiness?


What a better world it would be if everyone strove to be better physically, mentally, and spiritually! Our health care system would be less taxed as would our bodies!


LY isn’t the ultimate answer to achieve this, but it iS an integral part!

Keep on laughing……

oh yah, ps. who likes a grumpy athlete anyway?





Victoria Laughter Yoga Club Schedule


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“Laughter…is a Holy Form of Connection”

Brené Brown Explains The Importance Of Laughter In ORIGIN Magazine


Laugh daily with Mattifor the health of it


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 with this free video:


You will see it on the right side of the page as the “Authentic Joy” video.




Local Victoria News: CHEK TV will be with us on Sunday.


Another great Wednesday LY at Ingredients Health Store with our intrepid and skilful Soren Russow leading the session. 4 of us there and ideas flowed for new LY exercises. We will share those on Sunday in the Park…if we remember them…or we will make up new ones. Ha ha.


This Sunday 10:30am Beacon Hill Park, by the sundial. CHEK TV threatened to come out and video us for their newscast. So come out and be seen and heard…and spread the word about LY to Victoria and the island. The sun should be back by then.






“A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.” — Madeleine L’Engle




All for now,

Love, Laughter and Smiles




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.
* Non-profit, non-religious, non-political.
110-174 Wilson Street Victoria, BC, Canada V9A 7N7



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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