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Julie E. Brent will be your leader
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Julie E.Brent is a
certified Laughter Yoga Leader since 2007. She studied with
Sebastien Gendry, the first American to become a
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.
She lives in Fairhope Alabama where she hosts Laughter
Yoga Clubs and teaches Quantum-Touch, Reiki and Yoga.
Check this out for Laughing FUN
(Laugh Clubs, Laughing Clubs, Yoga Laugh Clubs) are fully independent,
not-for-profit, non-political, non-religious and non competitive
community-based associations of diverse people where all are welcome
regardless of gender, age, physical abilities, social or economic
backgrounds. They practice the Laughter Yoga method of Laughing for no
reason as a form of exercise.
There are currently over 5000 Laughter Clubs among 53
We estimate about 200 Laughter Clubs in the USA
Concept Introduced in the USA by Steve Wilson in 1999
Sebastien Gendry was the first American to train as a Certified
Laughter Yoga Teacher with Dr. Madan Kataria in 2004
Each club defines its own meeting frequency. People
attend for various reasons. These include and are not limited to:
Learn to better manage stress and/or anger issues
Foster Inner Peace
Overcome sadness and depression
Break social isolation and create new friendships
Improve and/or alleviate the discomfort of specific
Play and have fun in a safe and non competitive
Practice! Try Gaga Barnes' daily
laughter session on the phone. Every day at 9 AM PST on the conference
line. Call in 712.432.3900 (Iowa). The
access code is 6071292#. Duration = about 20 minutes. Free.
Please do not disrupt that call by asking questions. Just go along and
laugh as directed.
Mental, Emotional, Spiritual Benefits
Of Laughter Yoga
makes it easier to cope with life and its challenges.
- Laughter puts us intensely in the moment. The ability to
fully live and experience the “now” is of utmost importance because it
is the only moment where we can experience happiness.
- People who laugh don't worry as much as people who don't laugh,
and as such enjoy life more. Laughter makes their circumstances seem
less serious and therefore tolerable. A playful approach to everyday
things is a key factor in keeping healthy. Daily chores are less
burdensome when we laugh while doing them. We aren't always having fun,
but we do have a lot more fun with laughter than without.
- Laughter makes us feel good because it defuses three of the most
painful emotions (fear, anger and boredom) by releasing them. That
release, in turn, prevents or stops conflicts, eases tension, and helps
people to see one another's point of view better.
- Laughter lifts us up and makes life worth living. You
experience that elusive state of being called relaxation. It makes us
stress less and enjoy the company of other people more.
- Laughter Yoga aims to develop joyfulness, not happiness. In
contrast to “happiness”, “joyfulness” is the unconditional commitment to
have fun despite all of the possible problems that we are faced with in
life. Joyfulness is primarily a physical phenomenon. “You fake it until
you get it”. The decision may come from the brain, but the process is
physical. Because the body and the mind are so closely inter-connected,
when you “do good” you “feel good”. “Motion Creates Emotion”. Being
joyful / “doing good” actually changes the body chemistry and fosters a
healthier state of being.
Laughter builds self-confidence
- Laughter puts us in control of our own emotions. It helps us
cope with challenge and conflict better because it gives us a better
perspective. It shrinks the hurts of everyday life to a smaller, if not
inconsequential size. It allows us to stand above an issue, acknowledge
it, and treat it lightly in the awareness that we are touched by the
issue but not contained by it. If we are able to laugh about serious
things, they simply can't be that huge.
- Any form of laughter is successful, yours included. The only
requisite for you to succeed in Laughter Yoga is to decide to laugh no
matter what. You are doing it for yourself, not to impress others. You
laugh with them, not at them.
- Laughter makes us feel safer and eases much of our
- Laughter puts anxiety on a back burner for everyone. We can't
laugh and worry at the same time. When we release anxiety (a product of
the mind) through laughter, our love (the nature of our heart) surges to
the surface and we are able to fully experience and enjoy it.
- When we laugh with others, we ourselves are fun, and we
provide good company. Regular doses of laughter and play also take the
work out of staying in love for a lifetime.
- Laughing for no reason makes us more likeable because it
minimizes our need to gain self-confidence by analyzing and judging
- When we laugh with others, criticism seems to collapse. We
are able to let them be themselves and enjoy them even more for that.
God has a smile on
His face. -- Psalm 42:5
God is a comedian
playing to an audience too afraid
to laugh. -Voltaire
Health Benefits Of
Laughter yoga has profound effects on our mental and
physical state of being.
"For the most part,
when you go and get medical treatment, a clinician is not necessarily
going to tell you to take two aspirins and watch Laurel and Hardy," says
Dr. Lee Berk. "But the reality is that's where we are and it's more real
than ever. There's a real science to this. And it's as real as taking a
The secret of laughter yoga is that our bodies are hardwired with some
surprisingly powerful natural reactions to extended hearty laughter. These
side effects include:
- Blood & all major organs are fully oxygenated leaving us bursting
- Blood pressure drops, circulation improves and pulse rate drops
- Depression is lifted, even chronic depression is often cured
- High endorphin levels put us in a great mood and reduce any aches &
- Immune, digestive & sexual systems that are switched off by stress
are switched on
- Self confidence is boosted, communication skills and creativity are
- Our lymphatic system is massaged and our immune systems boosted
- Stress levels reduce by 75% or more and we become more stress
After just one laughter yoga session many people feel the difference.
After some Laughter Yoga meditation sessions people describe surging
feelings of joy and happiness.
With regular sessions people’s entire mental and physical state changes
for the better. Laughter accelerates healing and many small health
problems disappear. The frequency of colds & flu’s reduces. You feel
happy, healthy and well.
No other fitness training regime or style of yoga has these benefits.
A recent study at Stanford University concludes that laughter
stimulates the parts of our brain that use the “feel good” chemical
messenger dopamine. This puts laughter into the “necessary” category of
activities that are pleasurably addictive, and more so in the myriads of
health benefits that accrue.
Importance Of Oxygen
helps us keep healthy by enriching the blood with ample supplies of
oxygen, the lifeline of our system. According to the science of yoga, life
energy (prana) flows through the breath. Through controlled and deep
breathing we can enhance our own well-being. With the 20-30 minute package
offered by the Laughter Club, participants take home the healthy habit of
deep breathing at least 10-20 times a day. This helps to increase the lung
capacity, thus enhancing oxygen supply to the body.
Check out what the experts are saying on the importance of oxygen:
"Deep breathing techniques which increase oxygen to the cell are
the most important factors in living a disease free and energetic
life... Remember. Where cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not, cannot
occur." --Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology,
Nobel Prize Winner (Dr. Warburg is the only person to ever win the Nobel
Prize twice in medicine and he was nominated for a third.)
"Breathing correctly is the key to better fitness, muscle
strength, stamina, and athletic endurance." --Dr. Michael Yessis,
Phd., President Sports Training Institute, Fitness Writer - Muscle and
"Oxygenation through deep breathing boosts the immune system and
can rid the body of chronic illnesses." --Dr. Sheldon Hendler, MD,
Medical Researcher Cell Oxygenation, Author "The Oxygen Breakthrough"
"All body functions are breathing related. Proper oxygen delivery
to all parts of your body is crucial to health and well-being. Aerobic
exercise increases the body’s available oxygen and therefore promotes
wellness. Delivering oxygen to the body is the responsibility of the
respiratory system. Breathing is the process by which air enters the
bloodstream, via the lungs. Thus, proper breathing, and correcting
common breathing disorders, is the ultimate form of aerobics." --Dr.
Robert Fried, Breath Connection, Insight Books, 1990, p. 52
"Oxygen tension in tissues enhances the action of some antibiotics
— notably amino-glycosides — and the immune system, and stimulates
cellular metabolism." --Linda Collison, Hyperbarics: when pressuring
patients helps, Health Index
"Deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the cleansing of the
lymph system by creating a vacuum effect which pulls the lymph through
the bloodstream. This increases the rate of toxic elimination by as much
as 15 times the normal rate." --Dr. J.W. Shields, MD, Lymph, lymph
glands, and homeostasis. Lymphology, v25, n4, Dec. 1992, p. 147
"Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the proper functioning of the
immune system. We can look at oxygen deficiency as the single greatest
cause of all diseases." --Stephen Levine, a respected molecular
biologist and geneticist, and Dr. Paris M. Kidd, Ph.D., Antioxidant
"Carbon dioxide is the most abundant of all the end-products of
metabolism." --Arthur C. Guyton, M.D., Textbook of Medical
Physiology, W.B. Saunders Company, p. 4
Laughter is an important social skill that keeps
- Laughter interrupts the power struggle. It is really hard to
lock down in conflict with someone when you are laughing. When people
enter a power struggle and let playfulness drop by the wayside, they
lose touch with their laughter, their trust in life and others.
- Laughter allows people to be more open with each other
because it creates safety, and issues don't seem as awesome.
- Laughter breaks down the instinctive barriers between people
and allows them to trust each other. The fears most of us have about
other people are rooted in the past. We lose them when we laugh and
fully experience the present.
- Laughter Yoga is a pathway to unconditional love. Loving with
the mind is a two way street (I love / I hate and everything in
between). Loving with the heart is only a one way street: I love, I
love, I love. Also, the bonding qualities of laughter allow us to feel
such emotional closeness that we want to be physically and spiritually
close as well. It is something deeper than just biology. It is a part of
the mystery of laughter that we have yet to solve.
Laughter changes "who we are" for the better. Humans are creatures of
habit. Most of what we consider our identity or "who we are" is really a
series of learned behaviors or "what we do". Regular practice of Laughter
Yoga helps reprogram negative responses into positive ones (e.g. we argue
laughing; we laugh at an imaginary high credit card bill.) Nothing is
taken away from the importance of the event except our reaction to it.
People who saw themselves as “shy” discover themselves assertive public
speakers; short-tempered individuals learn to control their moods and
defuse their anger by “laughing it out”, etc. Laughter Yoga does not
change your life. It changes you.