Laugh-a-holics Anonymous. Victoria Laughter News December 2 , 2016

“My name is Matti and it is 3 seconds since my last laugh.”


We had such a great time with Soren leading a Laughter Yoga session on Wednesday.


It got a bit frivolous as we pretended to be in a  Laugh-a-holics Anonymous meeting.


It got me to thinking though.


Guillaume, who actually had the first Laughter Yoga sessions in Beacon Hill Park, did work with an addict.


He says this fellow in Nelson BC had tried many things to get off his drugs. (I think it was crack cocaine)


Guillaume was the only one who was successful. He used Laughter Yoga.


This is what I have learned: There are landing spots in the brain for the drugs. Those landing are the same spots that endorphins land as well.


By flooding those spots with endorphins from aggressive laughing, it means one does not need the drugs in order to feel better.


I know that is probably overly simple. Yet, it worked.


Personally, I have noticed over my 8 years at Laughter Yoga, I have little or no desire for alcohol. Coincidence? Maybe.


Or…maybe the laughing and smiling I do creates enough endorphins that I don’t feel the need to alter my state.


Something to consider.


Let me know what your experience is as you go forward with your Laughter Yoga practice.





Find the Victoria Laughter Yoga club closest to you:




Hardwiring Exercise and Laughter Together Makes Working Out More Fun


I can attest to this. I laugh often at my Super Slow workouts


Thanks to Joanne Mackechnie CLYL who leads the Courtenay area Laughter Yoga club.


(Excerpt taken from “How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better” by Christopher Bergland)


“…during a Georgia State University study, participants attended two 45-minute physical activity sessions per week that included eight to 10 laughter exercises lasting 30 to 60 seconds each.


A laughter exercise was typically incorporated into the workout routine after every two to four strength, balance, and flexibility exercises to encode the sensorimotor association. The study found significant improvements amongst participants in mental health, aerobic endurance, and outcome expectations for exercise (for example, perceived benefit of exercise participation) based on assessments completed by the participants.


After the study was complete, participants were surveyed about their

satisfaction with the LaughActive program. The feedback is encouraging: 96.2% of the people found laughter to be an enjoyable addition to a traditional exercise program, 88.9% said laughter helped make exercise more accessible, and 88.9% reported the program enhanced their motivation to participate in different exercise classes or other physical activities.


The researchers note that the health benefits associated with combining

laughter and exercise include lower mortality and a reduced risk of a number of chronic conditions, such as: coronary heart disease, high blood pressure,

stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, colon cancer, breast cancer, anxiety, and depression.


Regular physical activity also reduces the impact of age-related declines in

aerobic endurance, the incidence of falls and hip fracture, and the degenerative loss of muscle mass, quality and strength. All of these health benefits are of paramount importance for older adults to maintain independence and sustain their ability to perform regular activities of daily life.


Adding laughter to an exercise program creates positive associations on a

psychological and neurobiological level. This double whammy triggers an upward spiral in your mind and body that is linked to positive emotions that will make you want to exercise regularly…. because all animals seek pleasure and avoid pain, if there’s any way to make exercise seem like an enjoyable and agreeable experience, you’re more likely to make it a long-term habit”.





Laughter Yoga: A Healthy Addiction?



“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
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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