Laughter and Illness & The First Kiss “Signals” Victoria Laughter News. November 24, 2014

Laughter and Illness


What a thrill ride I am having. Currently under the influence of some bugs. They are helping me to get in touch with and begin clearing out some crud from my system.


That is the way my herbal teacher/master Dr. Terry Willard taught me to think about flus and colds. It is the system (body/mind/spirit/emotions) cleansing itself of accumulated layers of “stuff.”


This could include toxins I have ingested in food, chlorine from my shower, pollution in the air I breathe and even toxic emotions from folks around me or from ancestral DNA. Whatever. The source is not so keenly important. I don’t need to invest huge amounts of time and energy to uncover abuse in my past or trauma from accidents (I did fall on my head on some cement during Aikido practice some decades ago, but that hasn’t affected me in any way… in any way… in any way… in any way…[smack]). 🙂


All that I need is to take the time to heal. Sometimes that is all we need is just time. Yes, some medicines may help the process (garlic, cayenne, lemon and a host of other goodies is what I am doing.)


As laughter is a daily practice for me, I chose to continue. It never fails to uplift me. Staying positive and not succumbing to negative feelings can be great for the healing process.


Another great tool is smiling. While that may seem like the last thing one may feel like doing when “under the weather,” it may be one of the most powerful healing tools in our arsenal.


This bout with these bugs comes at a time when I had just committed to smiling more. What a coincidence.


You may see me on Wednesday night at Laughter Yoga. I should be well past the contagious stage. Tomorrow Tuesday marks two weeks. So you are safe to come along and laugh with us. 🙂




Victoria Laughter Yoga Club Schedule


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Laughter as Aerobic Workout to Burn Calories – Realistic Assessment by Fitness Professional


Fitness Expert Norma Schechtman assesses Laughter Yoga exercises for their effectiveness in burning calories and delivering aerobic benefits. Examples of 3 levels of effort – Gentle, Moderate, Vigorous – on one exercise (Cellphone Laughter) as demonstrated by Jeffrey Briar. Honestly: 5 to 100 calories might be burned in a laughter session. But – it depends. Gives calorie equivalents, e.g.: 15 minutes Moderate Laughter = caloric equivalent of 2 Tbsp. oatmeal; activity equivalent would be 6 minutes of Cycling.



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.







Mirror Neurons Tell us When the Time is Just Right for the First Kiss.


Psychologist and author Daniel Goleman Ph.D.:


“A previously unknown class of neurons — mirror neurons — acts like a neural Wi-Fi system, monitoring everything the other person is saying and doing. These neurons serve a synchronizing function, activating the same part of our brain that is being activated in the speaker’s brain. This is what keeps a conversation on track. For example, said Goleman, “In the buildup to a first kiss, these synchronizer cells are what tell you, ‘Now.’” But if you miss that signal, he continued, “and ask, ‘Is now OK?’ — you’ve blown it.”



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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