We have just created our new handy map to make it easier for you to find where our laughter yoga classes are in London along with how to book a space. Just click on the map to be taken to the live link to google maps where you can click on the logo for more info. Ha Ha 🙂
Our Laughter Yoga Wellness Training Academy are training new leaders throughout the year, may of them are in London so give us a call if you can’t find a club nearby.
We will soon be launching a new map via www.laughteryogaclasses.co.uk which will accommodate a more comprehensive list of opportunities to Laugh! for the health of it across the UK.
Google Map of our laughter clubs and classes in London
Finding a teacher that really resonates with you is my top advice.
Maybe seeing them working, going along to one of their classes, meeting them, chatting to them.
Possibly stating the obvious but going to a class ?
That is a pre-requisite of the training so pop along to a class in London and be sure that you are feeling the connection. We are in Finchley and Archway and soon to be adding another venue.
How big is the class?
When you train with us, you will be sure to have a a small enough group to really receive enough individual attention. Generally speaking never more than 6-8 in a class with one teacher. In the same respect you are learning to work with groups, we do that within a group. The class will not run with less than 4 participants. It is not a numbers game to us, it is our love, our passion and our life. We love our work, we live our work.
You then get the certificate 🙂 Yey and have the support of a good teacher behind you. Most likely a support network, and an opportunity to keep in touch, regular cpd opportunities which of course you will get with our Laughter Yoga Wellness Training Academy.
Why Laughter Yoga
It is an incredibly powerful holistic and complementary wellbeing tool that is so very needed in our often fast paced and stressful lives. As the saying goes “Laughter is the best Medicine” 🙂 and sometimes it really really can be. However laughter does not replace conventional medicine and we always recommend Laughter Yoga as a complementary method. I have heard many instances of people benefiting in amazing ways from practising laughter yoga. Laughter Yogis around the world are increasingly being called to work in therapeutic and medical environments, with cancer patients, dialysis patients, chronic pain clinics, psychiatric wards and other therapeutic settings.
Team Building and Connection
Ideal as an energy lift and boost during a long conference or training day
Why train as a Laughter Yoga Leader ?
Perfect addition to any holistic or therapeutic tool box.
Because you like to help people
To bring more laughter and joy in to your own life.
Start a Laughter Club for your local community.
Learning new skills
Learning to present the laughter yoga experience and enhancing you confidence to speak publicly about laughter yoga
Learning to work with and teach laughter yoga to groups
There are so many reasons and so many benefits in learning to become a laughter yoga leader. Imagine having such a powerful holistic tool to work with which can be life changing for recipients. You can really, seriously make such a difference to the lives of so many people.
The best way to gain experience as a new laughter leader is in running that laughter club, running regular clubs or classes is going to be your biggest teacher. You have the basic guidelines and the certificate and now the real learning begins!
Laughter clubs and classes are the place to try new material, and be creative, it’s all about creativity 🙂 You will learn something from every group you work with, you will gain the experience you need to eventually start working professionally. I encourage those I have trained to work together, to collaborate. Most of my new leaders come along and work with me that invitation is an open one and can really help building up confidence and gaining experience with a real group of participants:-) Stick with it, it aint easy but it is so so very much worth it. You also have the opportunity to see how people gain so much from our work, by seeing their journey over a longer period of time. You will also have to work harder at your regular classes, refreshing the content, getting creative in doing so, its the most amazing part of your training.
It is not easy starting your laughter club, getting word out, finding people to come along. I totally encourage and recommend, finding someone to work with, two heads are certainly better than one 🙂
Laughter Yoga Wellness training academy has their first Laughternoon CPD day in September, so very excited. A special day for in person support, fun and more for our existing laughter yoga leaders 🙂
Get in touch with us about our laughter yoga training here in London.
We have trained over 40 laughter yoga leaders from as far away as Oslow and Sweden here in London. A new training school with a fresh approach to laughter yoga training, support and development.
Our training school is based right here in the City of London. Angel and Islington, just one stop from Kings Cross. We run our laughter yoga classes in London Finchley and Archway and Angel.
Next training dates 23rd and 24th August 2018 in London and just one space remaining.
An early start and a busy day for Odette aka Lady Ha Ha #ladyhaha on this International day of Happiness.
So the day started at around 7.30am with a laugh and a chat with Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston on Heart London FM on the morning show.
Have a listen here
So what is it all about, International day of Happiness?
“In 2012 the first ever UN conference on Happiness took place and the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which decreed that the International Day of Happiness would be observed every year on 20 March. It was celebrated for the first time in 2013.”
This year’s theme is Share Happiness – focusing on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other. Laughter Yoga is an incredible way to share the feel good factor. Just perfect 🙂
a quote by William James
We don’t laugh because we are happy
We are happy because we laugh
I will leave you with the thought of sharing something today that will help make someone smile at the very least and the easiest way to do just that is To Smile! because…
Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu When someone smiled at me today I started smiling too I walked around the corner and someone saw me grin When he smiled I realised I had passed it on to him I thought about that smile and then realised its worth A single smile like mine could travel round the earth So if you feel a smile begin don’t leave it undetected Lets start an epidemic and get the world infected 😀
So this is what Lady HaHa #ladyhaha is up to in May and beyond 🙂
World Laughter Day has been and gone. We were covered live on Sky News and BBC Radio 2 , Claudia Winkleman chatted to Andrew, a laughter yoga newbie
Saturday October 6th Laughter Yoga CPD Laughternoon for Laughter Yoga Leaders trained by Laughter Yoga Wellness Training Academy. We take Laughter Yoga Training seriously and CPD events are vital in ensuring all our leaders are fully supported.
Laughter Yoga Classes in London Archway usually Saturday’s 11am to 12.30pm followed by our famous optional laughter socials. Next dates
Laughter Yoga Summer dates for public laughter yoga wellness classes in London. Our classes are held at Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, Archway, London, N19 . We are usually in the Upper Hall and you can pay £10 on the day or book in advance.
As the summer months tend to be quieter with festivals and holidays in full swing, we will just be running one class per month in July and August but subscribe to our mailing list as we may run a last minute outdoorsey class or two over the summer months.
Very excited to have worked with a Parkinson’s disease support group last month in London.
The call came through after they saw laughter yoga featured on BBC 2 “Trust me I’m a Doctor” You can see the video here. Laughter Yoga is a very powerful complementary wellbeing tool. Click to Watch Laughter Yoga on Trust me I’m a Doctor
I have been a fan of my colleague in the USA Gita Fendelman since stumbling upon her work with those suffering from chronic conditions. I had not realised that Gita is a parkinsons sufferer. This i found out when researching laughter yoga and Parkinson’s disease. You can hear Gita’s incredible story here and there is no shadow of doubt that Laughter Yoga is helping not just Gita but those she works with. Gita has found laughter yoga to be highly beneficial to her quality of life.
So up until now in addition to working with laughter yoga in corporate wellbeing, I have been very lucky to share laughter yoga with people who suffer from various illnesses and ailments including Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome, CFS/ME, Bipolar, Chronic Pain, Depression, Anxiety and more…… This was a first for me to work with a group suffering from Parkinson’s. I checked in with colleagues who had all had great results with such groups.
The most incredible thing to note is why Laughter Yoga is so good for those who suffer from Parkinson’s. When we laugh we release a cocktail of chemicals including dopamine into the system and this is big one with regard to PK and helpful for alleviating some of the physical and emotional symptoms of Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s starts with the slow degeneration of dopamine. Dopamine helps to regulate muscle function and movement. Dopamine supports our overall energy production and feelings of happiness. The symptoms of Parkinson’s occur as a result of a dopamine loss.
There can be various other symptoms connected to the disease such as low mood, depression, anxiety, pain which are all ailments and issues that laughter yoga can help with. Laughter Yoga is an instant stress release, helps to reduce blood pressure and lifts depression. It also boosts the immune system and increases circulation and oxygen levels throughout the body and brain. The endorphin’s we release when we laugh are said to be stronger than morphine which helps with any pain. We also know laughter can help boost our immune system.
So I was delighted to be contacted by a Parkinson’s Support Group in London for a laughter yoga session. After doing my research I planned a workshop that I felt would work. I gathered as much info as possible prior to the session. I was told that the participants were within different stages of the illness with one person in a wheelchair and all with differing degrees of mobility.
I planned a seated session where we were seated in a tight circle with a space in the middle to allow for movement. This way I could include everyone. Each exercise was prepared so it would be suitable for both seated and movement so those who could stand were encouraged to interact with those seated.
I arrived early and very quickly noticed there was one lady who was very obviously less mobile than the rest of the group, with her head down and she was sat next to a guy who was helping to care for her. A few people did not have any obviously noticeable symptoms so it was a very mixed mobility group.
Started the session with a song that I felt everyone would most likely know and took copies of the words to hand out. The song, “My Bonny lies over the ocean” turned out to be a good choice. I also took some egg rattles for a couple of reasons. We could create some movement and rhythm whilst we sung the song. This also allowed me to see how much movement people had at the start of the workshop. It was a lot of fun to shake the rattles as we sung creating lots of rhythm and movement. When we sing it instantly lifts our mood and raises the energy. Actually singing and laughter share many of the same benefits.
I handed out the egg rattles, and the guy helping the less mobile lady wrapped her hand around an egg rattle.
Everyone managed to shake the rattles, and we sang My Bonny. I also gave everyone the option of replacing the song words with Ha Ha’s and Ho Ho’s etc: so same tune, and laughter sounds.
The song did exactly what I wanted, and we were ready to roll. I managed to check out movement etc and then started the sharing of name intros followed by Ha Ha’s, sending lots of smiles and giggles around the circle.
For all exercises we had an option of standing up or remaining seated, greeting laughter where we greeted one another by shaking hands and laughing. Cell phone laughter (receiving the funniest call ever), laughing at our self, laughing at aches and pains and more.
The most incredible thing happened during this session and I felt like i was witnessing magic, the magic of laughter 🙂 The lady who appeared less mobile than the others stood up and joined in. She started off a little uneasy on her feet but I could not believe she had stood up. By the end of the session her head was up, she shared a few words too. It was almost like she had come alive. It felt like the group in the main really enjoyed the session and everyone remarked that they felt better at the end of the session.
This was one of my most personally satisfying sessions. I so so enjoyed working with this group and hope it will be one of many.
The way forward, I recommended telephone and skype laughter to the group and a daily dose of laughing for the health of it. The group were given various exercises and tips which they could bring in to everyday life. It will be fabulous if they choose to do some more laughter yoga sessions or if members of the support group can attend a local laughter club.
Following on from this session, I have been approached by a Dementia support group which is amazing.
In my research I have found the following articles really useful.
and the article below by my colleague in Australia Connie Costa
Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London August 2018 at our fabulous Laughter Studio in the heart of the city, the home of our London Training. Ideal for mainline trains coming in to Kings Cross, Farringdon and with hotels and hostels within walking distance to suit all budgets. London is easily accessible from all major London airports too making this an ideal choice for those travelling from Europe.
Laughter Yoga Wellness UK opened their Laughter Training Academy in 2017 and are going from strength to strength. Fast becoming the first choice for laughter yoga training in London where we run regular laughter yoga classes in Archway and Finchley.
Big congratulation to our incredible new laughter yoga leaders, an international group representing Italy, Sweden and the UK.
We take our training very seriously and go the extra mile to ensure our trainees have the best possible start. The training school with a fresh new approach to help our students shine. Spreading joy and happiness further and wider.
Next Training dates released for Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London August 2018
2 Day Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London August 2018 with Odette
Laughter Yoga never ceases to amaze me and I continuously hear more and more stories about how incredible this very powerful tool is for so many people.
Laughter Yoga is and has helped colleagues, participants and clients. In this blog I share just some of their amazing experiences and stories.
One lady, I will refer to as “N” who suffers from bipolar sent me such a lovely email of how laughter yoga is helping her. It brought tears to my eyes when I read it. I know it is helping her and she very rarely misses a class but to receive her heartfelt email was just beautiful.
Laughter Yoga helps with Bipolar
“How can I describe laughter yoga? To me it is an invaluable happiness tool. I started laughter yoga about a year ago and have been a strict devotee since then. Every session brings me much joy and lifts my spirits by allowing me to laugh and play and regress back to childhood silliness. I have bipolar and have found laughter yoga a fabulous tool to lift my spirits when I’m feeling really down. Even when I feel fine, laughter yoga lifts you up and brings peace and calmness of mind. Odette is a fabulous leader whose laughter and joy for her work is infectious.”
Laughter Yoga reconnects us to laughter and joy
A guy I will call “George” also a regular at class. When he first came along I wondered if he was enjoying the class as he looked somewhat awkward and he was the last person I expected to come back again but then I received an email from George keen to know when the next class was. He had realised how he had become stuck in his intellect and had actually forgotten how to laugh. G had found the laughter yoga really helpful in reminding him how it felt to laugh. Regular Laughter Yoga classes helped George to reconnect with laughter and joy. The more we laugh, the easier it flows 🙂 Just like turning a tap on that has been off for some time. From this situation, I also learnt not to make assumptions about anyone’s experience and just because someone may look awkward at their first laughter yoga experience, one never knows what they are really experiencing and feeling inside. Laughter can be a very complex emotion and once we allow ourselves to push through our comfort zone, magic happens.
Laughter Yoga for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME
Celia arrived at class having been recommended Laughter Yoga by a forward thinking GP 🙂 C has been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS which is also known as ME or myalgic encephalomyelitis) and C is also suffering from anxiety. She has not missed a class yet and has been coming along for a few months. I can certainly see a huge rise in her confidence. I wish I had taken before and after photos 🙂 We have a chair on hand for C so she can take a seat anytime during the class. Most of the exercises work well for those who are seated. C is enjoying the classes and I am really hoping she keeps with the LY as I have many colleagues who have remarkable stories of how Laughter Yoga has helped with ME.
Laughter Yoga as a Creativity Boost
Another one of our regulars, I shall call M. M just loves to Laugh and comes along to do just that and he often also joins us at our after laugh socials. A few months ago we had a fabulous group of laughers and the laughter meditation was a very very long one, truly very powerful. M totally reached that point of catharsis which is an incredible release and very powerful in it’s own right. So when M got home his writing just flowed. M is a script writer and he had reached a bit of a block with this particular script. The laughter yoga had helped to boost his creativity and got his creative juices flowing once more.
I also see many many changes with our regulars, far to many to mention but the most obvious one is how their confidence grows with regular laughter yoga practice. It is literally like seeing a flower bloom, just incredible.
So many of our regulars come along for help with anxiety, depression and probably most common of all Stress. Almost everyone mentions how they feel better and less stressed after a laughter yoga session or class.
For further info or to book a Laughter yoga wellbeing Workshops for your group or business , please click to contact us today. We have experience of working with small/medium and global organisations, community groups, charities, hen parties. In addition to the incredible wellbeing benefits, our workshops are ideal for team building too!!
You too can learn how to help others and lead laughter yoga classes and workshops. We have dates coming up in October/November 2017 in London for Laughter Yoga Training Courses in London. We are also happy to travel to you to deliver our training courses. Please register via http://laughteryogawellness.co.uk/laughter-yoga-leader-training/ for further information and bookings.
Very busy last week with no less than 8 workshops, mostly Laughter Yoga for Mental Health Awareness Week. Fabulous to see so many different organisations and corporations embracing Mental Health Awareness.
I would be really surprised if each and every one of us is not affected by MH issues at some point in our lives, be it us personally or someone we know.
I know how it feels to suffer the effects of stress, panic attacks and depression and I am thankful to have found Meditation at that time in my life. Meditation was my support tool until I had the strength to move away from an unhealthy working environment.
Actually all that pain and misery was to be the making of me, drawing me to explore complimentary and holistic health and wellbeing methods and tools that I now work with to help others.
I now run Laughter Yoga Wellness London & UK. We offer various holistic health and wellbeing workshops and therapies that help people feel better in the workplace, including Laughter Yoga Wellbeing Workshops, Sound Meditation, EFT, Massage, Meditation and more offerings being added all the time.
Did you know ?
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
You can check out more unbelievable and interesting stats over at www.mind.org.uk
Fantastic Feedback from Imperial College where I held two laughter yoga wellbeing workshops for their Staff and Teachers as part of their #mhaw17 programme. How awesome, to be the highlight of their programme. Looking forward to more workshops at Imperial College.
Check out the lovely feedback
Thank you Odette, it was the highlight of our Mental Health Awareness Week programme. Something so different, fun and beneficial to staff stress levels and overall health. “
Some more feedback from participants at our Laughter Yoga Workshops for Mental Health Awareness Week with a few Media companies. All participants remarked on how less stressed they felt after the workshops.
It was lovely. Great to finish on Yoga Nidra
Fully enjoyed the session – really wasn’t sure how I would find it, but I loved it
Loved it !!
Great Fun, Feel energised and relaxed
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but loved it and feel very calm and happy now!
Really different and fun.
Really interesting session – never practised laughter yoga before and I definitely saw a difference in my mood.
I loved this session and would recommend this to everyone!!
Really good fun! Can we do it every Week?
It was great to get out of my comfort zone.
It was great! Very relaxing and uplifting!
Relaxed – like being a kid again.
Laughter Yoga is so much more than, Just a Laugh. Really this is a very powerful Holistic Health and Wellbeing tool.
Why Laughter Yoga ?
1. Elevates Mood 2. Reduces Stress 3. Strengthens the immune system 4. Relieves Pain 5. Social Connecter and Team Builder 6. Helps to improve efficiency and performance. 7. Energy Boost 8. Laughing through Challenges. It provides strength in adversity, a coping mechanism to help people keep a positive mental attitude regardless of circumstances.
Contact us for more info on making a difference to the health and wellbeing of your staff.