Laughter is Freedom. Victoria Laughter Newsletter Sept. 10, 2014

The system has us trapped in a cage. It is the belief that we need stimulation from outside of us in order to trigger laughter.


We have been programmed to believe that unless we hear a joke or a humorous story, the laughter is not “real.”


If we laugh for no reason, it must be fake laughter. And that somehow makes US fake, or fakers. If we fake laughter, we must be faking our lives and we must be faking our personal relationships. We are not to be trusted.


All this is under the surface, not in our conscious minds, but held as subconscious beliefs.


Kids laugh a lot more than we as adults do. (Not the 400 times that is often quoted, but still, a lot of more.) They laugh AT things too and they are READY to laugh at the drop of a hat. Until we adult “shepherds” train them to do otherwise. We say: “What are you laughing at?” often enough that they pick up the story line and start to feel self conscious about their laughter. Slowly but surely, they hold back their natural joy at living and laughing.


Laughter Yoga is the process of unlearning all that adult, so called “grown up” behaviour. It is releasing the belief that we must have an outside stimulus in order to laugh. It is stepping out of the energetic “cage” of subconscious beliefs.


Laughter Yoga is the reconnection with our child-like nature, with our joy of living, with the power of releasing our loving selves and allowing our vulnerabilities to show.


Our TRUE power is in our vulnerability. Our TRUE power is in stepping into the flow the life energy that is ever new in every moment. Our TRUE power is in letting go. Our TRUE power resides in our “yin” or female, yielding selves rather than our “yang” or male, dominating selves. (We need both of course, but the balance has been upset and we, as a society, have been seduced into rejecting the yin in favour of the yang…way too much.)


Laughter is letting go. It is joy. It is healing. It is connecting more easily to others. (“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” –Victor Borge)


Laughter Yogis and Yoginis experience this regularly during Laughter Yoga sessions. The smiles and good feelings following a Laughter Yoga sessions are testament to the peace-inducing power of laughter.


Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, has set a lofty goal: World Peace Through Laughter.


At times like these, with war drums beating, it may seem like a pipe-dream. I believe at times like these, we need to focus more strongly on our laughter practice and help the world to lighten up, realize we are all together on this small planet and find ways to get along.


Laughter can be and is part of the solution to world peace.


Won’t you choose to become part of the world peace solution by attending Laughter Yoga sessions locally?



Victoria Laughter Yoga Club Schedule  


Find the Laughter Yoga club closest to you. click here;



  • NOTE that Friday night laughter begins soon: Fridays at Heart of the Village Yoga Studio at 2186 Oak Bay Avenue Every second Friday, Starting October 10th, then Oct. 24th. Nov. 7, 21 and Dec. 5 & 19.
  • NOTE: Sundays in the Park will continue through September, at least.
  • NOTE: Victoria Laughter Day coming soon.




Dr. Kataria and Laughter Yoga University’s new laughter greeting;



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.







7 Ways to Flatten the Stomach. One of the ways is laughter:




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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