e are launching a new book,” The Inner Spirit of Laughter – Five Secrets from the Laughing Guru” on 26thFebruary 2012. This book is a complete testament of 16 years of my journey with Laughter Yoga which has not only changed my life, but has also helped several people around the world to change their attitude and perception towards life.
The First Annual Latin-American Laughter Yoga Conference was held in Mexico City in October, 2011 with about 50 participants from different countries: Mexico, Venezuela, USA, Chile and Ecuador. It was an inspiring weekend full of joy and laughter with many laughter professionals presented their reports on how Laughter Yoga has helped them in their different pursuits.
Such is the pervasiveness of the idea that last year, the UN adopted a non-binding resolution that ‘happiness’ should be included among development indicators. The notion sounds fantastic – genuinely radical, even – but is it anything more than a clever piece of global marketing by the Bhutanese
Australasian Conference we were visited by the 60 Minutes TV team. For those of you who aren’t aware of them, 60 Minutes, both here and overseas, has been one of the longest running and most highly respected current affairs shows in the history of television
The physical benefits of Laughter Yoga are tremendous as it helps you to learn the right technique of breathing – an important factor for good health. About three years ago, while driving to work, I experienced a chest pain on the left side of my body, close to my left arm
In a recent report, a laughter session held at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, Indiana, showed that the whole laughter workout helps to decrease stress and blood pressure.
Shinkichi Eto (Isseki Laughter Yoga Club) presented a report of scientific study on Laughter Yoga in the hospital where he works, and stress release effects on staff whereas Akinori Hamada (Laughter Yoga Club Kobe JRPS group) gave a report of Laughter Yoga activities for visually impaired people and his own experience as a person with visual disability.
It has taken a long time for people to realize that this is a valid therapy, and not just a silly idea that was fun for the moment. But now I believe we are making headway. Personally, I seem to have reached that critical mass where more people recognize me as “the laughter lady” than as a nurse. Our club has definitely helped people but I find that “special order” sessions are where we make the biggest impact.
Several Laughter sessions, including an international session in various languages, were interspersed with presentations on: Laughter Yoga in Business, with Seniors, with Children, for Special Needs, and a special presentation on incorporating Laughter Yoga into a Workplace Wellness Program.
Lisa Leinonen, Helsinki: We recently started a new Laughter Yoga Club in Helsinki which meets every Tuesday at 17.30 with the purpose of generating more awareness among the Finnish people who are not very well versed with the idea of Laughter Yoga. They are rather reserved about laughing without a reason, and look upon it…