World Laughter Day Zoomathon 20202 video 30 laughter yogis from 15 countries for 16 hours of nonstop laughter!

World laughter day 2020 Zoomathon was a great success and thanks to Ishvinder in India, we now have a lovely video memory of the day.

Also I had a nerdy moment and have looked up the statistics on zoom which I would love to share with you.  So we ran the zoom room continuously from 8am to just after midnight on Sunday 3rd May 2020.  We had 30 amazing laughter yoga professionals from all over the world participate including 5 laughter yoga leaders trained by myself at The Laughter Yoga Wellness Training Academy.  The founders of laughter yoga Dr Madan Kataria and Mrs Madhuri Kataria joined us to share laughter yoga which was just the icing on the cake!  Now for the really nerdy facts.  Playing around with my zoom account I have discovered that 770 participants visited us and received 412 hours (24,773 minutes) of laughter over the duration of 16.2 hours (972 minutes) HaHa 🙂  Now that was spreading a lot of laughter around the globe! 

Laughter Yoga Training online with zoom online laughter yoga training YES!

I am excited and delighted to announce that we will soon be delivering cutting edge training options online.  This is a quality certified training with a certificate issued by laughter yoga wellness training academy.

We have trained around 90 laughter yoga leaders since setting up our training academy.  We developed our own extra experiential module which we have been delivering and our leaders leave the training room with more tools, experience and confidence than with the standard training.  We always give our best and therefore give our students the best possible chance of success moving forward with this incredible new wellbeing tool. Our online training will be no different! A fresh approach with full support going forward has been our motto and has lead to our success as a cutting edge quality laughter yoga training provider.

Computer with camera and microphone will allow you to participate in the face to face via zoom training.

Full detail and information coming soon.

Upon successfully completing the training online you will have the skills required to enable you to start leading laughter yoga sessions online using the zoom interface.   This is not a technical training but we will show you the way using zoom which is one of the most widely used platforms at the moment.  This may be the new way of working for all of us for sometime and I believe it is a very much needed option for so many people who are ordinarily housebound!  We have just opened up this incredible tool to so many more people.  We know delivering laughter yoga online is making a huge difference to the lives of so many people.

A recent review from one of our online participants

I find these sessions a real tonic & I come away buzzing from the experience.
I suffer from a multitude of mental health limitations & to be able to connect with others in this way & just let go of inhibitions is such a relief & has a medicating effect on my well being.
Many Thanks Odette, the laughter sessions are the highlight of my week & can actually feel the physical rhythms of my body calming when practising this wellness yoga.
Laughter is very much group binding in such a togetherness way & on Saturday morning my bouts of real belly laughs came out so spontaneously & glad to say uncontrollably with lots of giggles.
Prior to joining these sessions I was reserved & introverted but have been really able to let rip in this unjudgemental environment.
Looking forward to the next session already & love the way Odette encourages us to connect with our inner child by game play. I really hope we can continue by Zoom & eventually physically together as a cohesive group.

There will be an optional in person add-on training module delivered in London UK or if your group is large enough I can deliver to you wherever you are! The in person module will enable you to lead in person sessions in addition to online sessions.  It is a different way of working and requires additional skills and experience for in person face to face group work.  Of course this option will only apply once it is safe to train in person.

This is in addition to our in person 2 day certified laughter yoga leader training which will go ahead once it is safe to do so.

To be in the loop for start dates and information please pop your details on our mailing list via https://meetup.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=a0ce00f1f9b899d7356854266&id=29b2e80e27

Until then join us for a laugh on Saturday mornings at 11am or a laughter meditation on Wed afternoons at 3pm.

World Laughter Day 2020 zoomathon laughing with the world from 14 countries, 28 laughter professionals for 16 hours!

I have been celebrating world laughter day in London organising events there for the past 4 years and already had my usual world laughter day London event advertised before the world changed so suddenly!

As the date was drawing closer it became clear that there would not be a world laughter day event happening in London due to social distancing and the covid-19 pandemic. We are all

The world needs laughter right now more than ever as it can provide a release from current goings on, a stress release, a mood lift and overall well-being boost for mind, body and soul and it can totally help us at times of adversity!

I decided to invite laughter yoga colleagues to join me in sharing Love, Peace and Joy through laughter together as we are all in this together, we are one world! #oneworld  I also invited Dr Madan Kataria  (founder of laughter yoga in India) to join us and Dr Kataria said YES! How awesome is this.

So this was the birth of World Laughter Day Zoomathon for 2020.  Opening Ceremony at 8am, moving on to Judith in New Zealand and bouncing around the globe all day until we finish off at around midnight in Brazil!

You are invited to join us from wherever you are, you can pop in and out as you please throughout the day/night.  We have 16 hours of laughter, relaxation and joyful activities for you and it is FREE of charge.  Everyone is donating their time to this beautiful day.

What’s on?

For more info please contact the organiser Odette Kurland Laughter Yoga Wellness UK

To join us on the day you can rsvp to the facebook event via https://www.facebook.com/events/2552658038147898/

If you arrive after a session has started, please enjoy a giggle in the waiting room and we will pop you in the event either when there is a good moment to do so in the current session or ready for the start of the next session.

As laughter yoga is essentially a form of exercise it may not be suitable for everyone. Please read and agree to the info below.

Medical Contraindications. It is contraindicated for people suffering from: Any kind of hernia, Heart disease with angina pain, Persistent cough with breathlessness, Uncontrolled high blood pressure, Urinary Incontinence, Epilepsy, Advanced (bleeding) piles and haemorrhoids or any bleeding tendencies in any part of the body, Severe backache, schizophrenia, Hyper mania (manic part of bipolar depression) Any acute symptoms of cough, cold and fever. People who have undergone major surgery should wait at least three months before doing Laughter Yoga. Pregnant women with previous history of miscarriages and also those who are in advanced stage of pregnancy should take medical advice from specialists before doing laughter exercises. If you are not sure if this activity is suitable please seek medical advice.

VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPHY The organisers and session leaders will be taking both videos and photos of this event for publication on and offline. By taking part you consent to being on film and/or photo however you can if you like, switch off your video.

Please Note: By taking part you have read and agree to the terms and conditions stated above and you fully release the teachers / leaders of the Laughter Workshop you are attending today from any form of liability. Also please do not take any photos or video of these sessions.

Time: May 3, 2020 08:00 AM London to Midnight London UK time

Click on the link or enter meeting details to join the event any time from 8am to midnight on Sunday 3rd May.

Link to join https://tinyurl.com/yav6e2hd

Meeting ID: 851 7696 4539
Password: ladyhaha

Laughing in the face of adversity staying positive

I hope you enjoy the video of me doing some housework in a laughter yoga kinda way this morning.  Feel free to share this one with the kids, what an awesome way to do the housework and exercise with laughter.

 

So here we all find ourselves in the most unbelievable circumstances due to covid-19 aka coronavirus.  There are times when I feel I am starring in a horror movie but thankfully us human beings do have the capacity to be super resilient and we will get through this thing! My ability to access laughter and to be playful is helping me immensely and I would love to help you to access this too and with Laughter Yoga I can do just that!

I have been wondering how I can help, what I can do to help others during this time and thanks to technology I can now do just that as it is laughter that will make a huge difference to so many of us in helping with stress and anxiety to name just a few of the benefits. Also the ability to connect with one another and laugh together as connection is so important.

Firstly I am going to be donating a few online laughter yoga sessions for front-line NHS staff.  Also if you are on the front-line then feel free to come along to my zoom laughs as my guest as I would like to thank you for all that you are doing.

If you are a member of the public I am offering my laughter yoga zoom sessions by optional donation so if you can afford to donate, it will be gratefully received and if you are struggling financially right now then come along and enjoy a good laugh as you will be most welcome.

Hope to laugh with you soon.

For info on the public sessions please click  Zoom Laughter Yoga classes

If you are interested in a private or corporate session contact me via Contact us

Love and Laughter

Odette aka Lady HaHa

Laugh away the January Blues Blue Monday Laughter Buster

This year Blue Monday falls on Monday 20th January and as you can imagine it is a busy day for a Laughter Yogi.  We love sharing laughter yoga for Blue Monday because it is our opportunity to lift moods, laugh away the stress, laugh off those extra pounds we put on over the festive season and make Monday the 20th in to the most positive and productive day of the Year 🙂 Oh and did I mention that Laughter boosts our immune system.  There really is no reason not to laugh.

Our team of Laughter Yogis are laughing in offices throughout London with some large corporates opting for sessions throughout the Blue Monday week!

To book a laughter yogi for Blue Monday get in touch now! via our Contact us form or email us on info@laughteryogawellness.co.uk or Tel 07387 563 902 Just a few spaces remaining for a Blue Monday Laughter Buster.

Almost any meeting room can soon become a laughter room filled with Joy and merriment. Any workplace can soon be filled with uplifted, less stressed more bonded and happy staff and that combination = more productivity! Aha, HaHa 🙂

 

 

Laughter Yoga Leader Training London UK class of May 2019 London UK

Check out this short video from our amazing laughter yoga leader training in London May 2019. We had participants from up North, Down South and that’s just the UK. We also trained new laughter yoga leaders from the USA and Switzerland. A very international training. This included our special extended experiential module which is effectively an extra 4 hours of training including running a live laughter yoga class with members of the public. Leaving the training room with more skills and experience than previously. We are registered training providers for Laughter Yoga International University and our training is fully certified and recognised nationally and internationally.

Welcome to the Google map of Laughter Yoga Clubs and Classes in London Find a Laughter Yoga Club or Class in London

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

and to book on a class please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/laughter-yoga-wellness-london-workshops-and-training-9871639126 and scroll to the bottom of the page for dates and locations for our London laughter yoga classes.

So you want to be a laughter yoga leader. loving laughter, living laughter and spreading laughter and joy :-)

So you want to be a laughter yoga leader

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.

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Laughter Benefits

Team Building and Connection

Social Connection

Pain Relief

Ice Breakers

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.

Career change

Personal Development

Building confidence

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.

 Gaining experience.

 
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.
We are super approachable and super friendly, give us a call if you have any questions and better still pop along to a class and chat over a cuppa at an after class social in Archway.
Contact us via email or telephone.

International day of Happiness 20th March 2018 Happy #InternationalDayofHappiness

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 ?

Happy International day of Happiness 🙂

Lady Ha Ha #ladyhaha

Laughter and Wellbeing dates for your diary

For a full list of the Laughter Yoga Wellness clubs what’s on and where including laughter yoga classes in Finchley, Golders Green, Archway and pop up locations please visit our bookings page via https://laughter-yoga-london.wixsite.com/laughter-club-london/laughter-yoga-in-london   and our new website will be live soon for classes and laughter yoga wellness training news and dates via http://www.ladyhaha.london/

Special Laughter Yoga Leader Training plus advanced module! 30th November to 1st December 2018. Booking via http://www.londongong.co.uk/event/laughter-yoga-leader-london/ Spaces are limited as we keep our classes small.

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.

Special New Moon Laughter Gong August 11th 2018. Full info and booking via http://www.londongong.co.uk/event/new-moon-laughter-gong-bath/

Other dates for the diary (subscribe to our mailing list to be in the loop for any changes to these dates)

Laughter Wellbeing and Social in Archway

August 25th Archway, Sep 8th and Sep 22nd 2018

Laughter Yoga Finchley Club is currently monthly and dates vary. Laughter Yoga Finchley Mon Sep 24th 7.30pm-8.30pm (Please arrive 10 minutes before the start)

Advance bookings secure you a space. For Finchley this is advisable. Archway it is okay to pay on the day. Please bring correct change.

Join the hilarity, feel the goodness. Advance bookings via link below or £10 on the day. We are at Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, Archway, London, N19

https://laughter-yoga-london.wixsite.com/laughter-club-london/laughter-yoga-in-london

Gong Baths in Camden. Usually 2nd and 4th Saturday evenings per month. Check website for dates and booking.

Bookings and full info via http://www.londongong.co.uk/events/