Laughter Fills Your Soul. Victoria Laughter News  November 28, 2015

Laughter Fills Your Soul.


Nature provided humans with the ability to laugh. For what reason, one wonders? In the modern world, we may not have to look far for the answer. See the Feature Article from Laughter Ambassador Sebastien Gendry for potent thoughts on how to counter the flood of negative in the world today.


Meantime, Tomrrow, Sunday, we meet again!


Sunrise Senior Living, 905 Humboldt Street 10.30 am…all welcome to come and laugh with us. An uproarious time for all.




Find the Victoria Laughter Yoga club closest to you:



FEATURE ARTICLE from Sebastien Gendry of Laughter Online University

Laughter Insights Newsletter, November 2015


Hello Matti,


As you may know I was born and spent my formative years in France. The bombings that happened there a couple of weeks ago and the impact this will have for years to come on thousands of lives is a tragedy. Yet, to me, the greatest tragedy has been watching many of my countrymen travel since then on a downward spiral towards stress and fear. Stress is a silent killer that’s far too expensive to be ignored.


The following may not be easy for some to hear, but laughter can be of invaluable help in times of great stress.


Allow me to rephrase: There is a new way to use laughter that can greatly help to heal and dissolve dis-eases of any kind. It’s reliable, sustainable, universally safe for all and, well, fun. Best of all: we all already have the tools required to make it work. All that’s needed is the understanding of how it works (which I have documented extensively here.) For example, simple laughter therapy techniques can be used as most efficient tools to open the gates to unexpressed sadness, and that way vocalize and release pent up emotions without having to verbalize anything.


Above and beyond the many positive impacts laughter can have on the body when properly used, it is also a tool that can disarm, open doors and possibilities and enable other elements of levity such as play, wonder and celebration of life. Choosing to laugh does not change your outer circumstances but how you perceive them. It’s about creating an inner pool of attraction for a different way to be in the world and how to react to its many challenges.


Here is one of many tips to help change negative memories: When the brain stores a memory it also stores the emotional state that you were experiencing at the time. When you recall the memory the brain also recalls and restores the emotional state with it. You have the opportunity to hijack the recall process and work on replacing the emotional state with something more helpful, because we feel emotions through a change in chemical state. It takes the brain 90-120 seconds to get to a new emotional state. This gives the aware mind 90-120 seconds to anticipate that change and do something about it. Play with it: deliberately recall unhelpful and distressing memories and then use creative ways to smile or laugh as they come back.


This particular technique may or may not work for you, and if it doesn’t so what? Simply know that it’s one of many, and if you try them all one of them will eventually work and you’ll realize somewhere in the process that the healing process can be fun. (Watch this video for ideas on how to use laughter to heal trauma.)


There is a new frontier in wellness, and I urge you to learn more about it. (Exciting ideas are below!)


Happy holiday season!


To your sizzle and spark


Sebastien Gendry

Los Angeles, California

November 27th, 2015








Happier in 5 Minutes | Ida Abdalkhani | TEDxOhioStateUniversity





All for now,

Love, Laughter and Smiles




Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher,

Author of The Zen of Joy
Victoria Laughter Yoga Clubs
Laughter Yoga is the unique concept that we can laugh for no reason at all.
* Laughing is FUN


* We start out with laughter exercises

> That sends feel good hormones to the brain.


* We  intersperse with yoga type deep breathing

> That sends more oxygen to the brain and body
* We add child-like playfulness

> That opens up our creativity and intuition


* We do “Laughter Meditation”

> Unlike any other meditation, way fun


* We finish with some relaxation routines.


* Sessions are led by a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
>  Non-profit, non-religious, non-political.


* Free or by donation

> Don’t let money hold you back
1834C Oak Bay Avenue Victoria, BC, Canada V8R 0A4





Laughter is an Essential Nutrient. Get Your Daily Fix Here.


Free video:


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






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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