Laughter Yoga…the Return of Soren.
He will make you laugh. He will make you cry. (Well, maybe. I might cry to see his tan after his family Mexico adventure. I wish I had been there. sigh.)
6:45 tonight at Ingredients, 2031 Store Street. See ya there.
Friday night is the return of Laughter Yoga to Oak Bay. Heart of the Village Yoga Studio. 7pm at 2186 Oak Bay Avenue.
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader training is on this weekend, November 29th and 30th. It’s not too late to sign up.
More here (just ignore the dates…I had to cancel last weekend due to be being “bugged.” I.e. my immune function decided to clean out some garbage from the system…felt like the flu, but who knows. And I am too lazy to rewrite the website with the proper dates…just know while reading, it IS this weekend, not last. 🙂 )
Victoria Laughter Yoga Club Schedule
Find the Laughter Yoga club closest to you. click here; https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/laughter-schedule/
Why You Need To Keep Your Sense Of Humor As You Age (Sooo good for health)
Laugh daily with Matti…for 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: http://joyenergyandhealth.com/
You will see it on the right side of the page as the “Authentic Joy” video.
JUST FOR FUN
Bron Roberts, Laughter Yoga Teacher from Australia share this amazing story from one of her senior groups.
Today I had a session with one of my age care groups. The topic turned to death when one of the people showed a photo of her and her big sister, taken in 1917. She was 5 and her sister 14. She said “My sister is dead” I said I wasn’t surprised because she’d be mighty old if she was still alive. She pointed at the photo and said “No, here, in the photo, she’s dead”. She shared how her sister got sick and died and her parents wanted one last photo of the 2 girls together so the photographer came and put her sister onto a frame to stand her up and she stood next to her holding her hand and then the photographer painted her eyes on the photo so they looked like they were open. I was a more than a bit mortified but the group laughed and said that that wasn’t unknown back then and a few of them had similar photo’s because lots of kids died. I really couldn’t tell that the sister was dead, she looked mightily alive to me but the lady pointed to one of the feet of the ‘standing frame’ that could be seen just behind her sisters foot. So, why am I telling you this because really it is a bit creepy and who in there right mind would discuss death in any group let alone an age care group and death really isn’t a laugher topic. Trust me, I didn’t and would never bring it up! But what happened next made me smile and that is what I want to share, but it needed the context of the story. The group decided to do death laughter, no I did not initiate it and yes, I let them do it a couple of times because it was very funny and they were having fun with it, and then I quickly moved onto more appropriate things but this is what happened. John who is a mere 93 came up with the laugh and asked the group if they were up for a bit of what he called ‘mortein laugher’ Mort being French for death or dead, ein or eins being German for one (we have an insect spray called Mortein in Australia) I handed control of the group to him. He showed them how to laugh and laugh, slap your knee, point at others, get right into it and then all of a sudden put your hand to your throat, stop laughing, make a sound like breathing out, poke out your tongue, drop your head sideways or back and close your eyes, and then, after a second or two open your eyes, lift your head, say BOO! and laugh. Not one I will lead in my groups, definitely not one that I would ever take to any group let alone one in age care, certainly not for my carers groups, but I often let the group take ownership of the session and honestly it was very funny because everyone was into it, no one was offended and I might just take it to my Saturday group, explaining the context of course.
Not one I will lead, but what a hoot…her seniors really have a great sense of humour.
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