Intimate Laughter: Building Community Through the Joy of Laughing. Victoria Laughter News October 26, 2016

Seven of us are laying on the floor laughing.

 

Some are holding their sides. We appear to be out of control.

 

And in a sense, we are. We are in the “meditation” stage of a one-hour Laughter Yoga session.

 

This one hour is in itself a part of a two-day weekend Certified Laughter Yoga Leader training.

 

I am privileged to be the teacher. But as in any weekend seminar, all of us are learning.

 

So much joy, ideas, sharing and yes, lots of laughter.

 

The training is to prepare new inductees into the great pleasures of leading Laughter Yoga clubs in laughter sessions.

 

We drill the basics. Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, asks that we leaders note the 5 principles and show the 4 parts of Laughter Yoga.

 

The great comic Victor Borge is famously quoted as saying “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

 

Guess what? A few hours into the first day, someone comments how it feels like family in a short time of laughing together. We are living proof of Borge’s contention.

 

Is this an ideal way to build community?

 

Laughter may be the most intimate thing we can do with other humans.

 

Think about it. When you laugh near me, I hear the laughter not only through my ears.

 

Sound vibrations hit my whole body and all my cells vibrate to that joyous sound.

 

That joy is what can create a sense of closeness. It is what can allow us to feel we are family.

 

Do you think we can help to solve differences when we are feeling a sense of closeness?

 

Are you up for experimentation? You could try out a Laughter Yoga session near you.

 

Our Wednesday class meets at 5.30 tonight. Ingredients Health Store on Store Street. Free or by donation.

 

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Find the Victoria Laughter Yoga club closest to you: https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/laughter-schedule/

 

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FEATURE ARTICLE

How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better

Laughter triggers a chain reaction that can make you happier and healthier.

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201609/how-self-initiated-laughter-can-make-you-feel-better

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JUST FOR FUN

Gibberish  Song

From Denmark: Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2qsC-PuJQ&feature=youtu.be&list=RDbd2qsC-PuJQ

 

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“Laughter is too important to be left to chance. …”

 

All for now,

Love, Laughter and Smiles

 

 

 

Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher,

Author of The Zen of Joy http://zenofjoy.com/
Victoria Laughter Yoga Clubs https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/
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
250-477-8608

 

 

P.S.

 

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

 

Free video: http://joyenergyandhealth.com/

 

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

-Matti

 

 

 

And in a sense, we are. We are in the “meditation” stage of a one-hour Laughter Yoga session.

 

This one hour is in itself a part of a two-day weekend Certified Laughter Yoga Leader training.

 

I am privileged to be the teacher. But as in any weekend seminar, all of us are learning.

 

So much joy, ideas, sharing and yes, lots of laughter.

 

The training is to prepare new inductees into the great pleasures of leading Laughter Yoga clubs in laughter sessions.

 

We drill the basics. Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, asks that we leaders note the 5 principles and show the 4 parts of Laughter Yoga.

 

The great comic Victor Borge is famously quoted as saying “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

 

Guess what? A few hours into the first day, someone comments how it feels like family in a short time of laughing together. We are living proof of Borge’s contention.

 

Is this an ideal way to build community?

 

Laughter may be the most intimate thing we can do with other humans.

 

Think about it. When you laugh near me, I hear the laughter not only through my ears.

 

Sound vibrations hit my whole body and all my cells vibrate to that joyous sound.

 

That joy is what can create a sense of closeness. It is what can allow us to feel we are family.

 

Do you think we can help to solve differences when we are feeling a sense of closeness?

 

Are you up for experimentation? You could try out a Laughter Yoga session near you.

 

Our Wednesday class meets at 5.30 tonight. Ingredients Health Store on Store Street. Free or by donation.

 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 

Find the Victoria Laughter Yoga club closest to you: https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/laughter-schedule/

 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

FEATURE ARTICLE

How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better

Laughter triggers a chain reaction that can make you happier and healthier.

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201609/how-self-initiated-laughter-can-make-you-feel-better

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

JUST FOR FUN

Gibberish  Song

From Denmark: Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2qsC-PuJQ&feature=youtu.be&list=RDbd2qsC-PuJQ

 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

“Laughter is too important to be left to chance. …”

 

All for now,

Love, Laughter and Smiles

 

 

 

Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher,

Author of The Zen of Joy http://zenofjoy.com/
Victoria Laughter Yoga Clubs https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/
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
250-477-8608

 

 

P.S.

 

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

 

Free video: http://joyenergyandhealth.com/

 

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

-Matti

 

 

 

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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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