Laughter Yoga with our London Laughter Club for Red Nose Day
We had a fabulous laughter class with all proceeds donated to Red Nose Day. Following on from the laughter we headed to The Bread and Bean Cafe in Archway where the laughter continued over a cuppa.
In total Laughter Yoga Wellness raised £74 for comic relief. We were part of a team of Laughter Professionals who held Laughter Clubs and events throughout the UK with a Team Total of over £700 raised by Laughter Yogis for Red Nose Day. Special thanks to my laughter colleague Maggie who inspired us all to get involved.
Our original plan was to hold a Laughter Yoga and Gong Bath on 24th March. Unfortunately building works at the venue have been delayed so this will not be going ahead, however we still wish to support Red Nose Day and will be making a donation from our Laughter Club on 25th March.
Laugh away Blue Monday this year with a Laughter Workshop.
Why Blue Monday is reputed to be the most depressing day of the year:
This day is apparently the most depressing of the year with people’s moods affected by their post-Christmas finances, the bad weather and the long wait for summer.
Researchers have dubbed it Blue Monday after finding that people are at their loneliest, debt levels are at their highest and the weather is at its worst, at this time of year.
A survey by the Co-op found that 26% of British people claim that this month is when they feel the most isolated
History of Blue Monday
Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) reported to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel, which claimed to have calculated the date using an equation.
In 2005 a television publicist persuaded psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall.to create a “scientific formula”
It was: [W+(D-d)]xTQ/MxNA – where
W is weather,
D is debt,
d monthly salary,
T time since Christmas,
Q time since failure of attempt to give something up,
M low motivational level and
NA the need to take action.
Here at Laughter Yoga Wellness UK, we are on a mission to turn Blue Monday in to a Happy Monday.
It really does not need to be Doom and Gloom as this is where us Laughter Yogis come in to play, literally 🙂 spreading Laughter, Joy and ooodles of Smiles and Giggles.
Contact us to lift the spirits of your workforce and make Blue Monday or indeed Blue January a Happy and productive time for your employees.
January in general can be a difficult month for many of us. This time of year, the January Blues! can make even the most energetic of us feel down in the dumps. Cold, dreary weather, lack of sleep, short days and too much food and drink leave us feeling sluggish and overweight.
Some tips to beat the January Blues in the office.
Call out the professional Joy makers 🙂 for a rib tickling laughter yoga workshop in your office or workplace. Contact us for a January filled with Laughter and oodles of Goodness. You will feel the benefits throughout the day ahead and learn some great tips on how to laugh for absolutely no reason.
What you can do yourself.
Focus on lifting your spirits, practising a prolonged smile and learning to laugh for no reason. If you are having a bad day, take a moment, take a deep breath and greet yourself in a mirror with a big beautiful smile, holding that smile for 20-30 seconds or more and inside you will be smiling back and amazingly it will pick you right up. Smiling releases endorphin’s that help to pick up your mood and release stress, just like magic.
If you book your January Laughter Workshop in 2016 we have a special rate waiting for you!!! Please mention Blue Monday when you contact us.
Wow what a gorgeous day we had for World Laughter Day in London on 1st May 2016.
The day was hosted by myself and Suz from www.laugh4life.uk
We were met by a fabulous group including two Laughter Yogis and Oscar the delightful little dog.
It was unbelievable to be totally blessed with Glorious Sunshine which seemed to appear from nowhere, such a beautiful day. We crawled just a few minutes walk away to enjoy the sunshine and laughter in a local park at Embankment. The flowers were out in abundance, just perfect.
I must say this is as far as we crawled and this turned out to be perfect to enjoy a few hours! of laughter, fun and games in the sunshine.
Just a few snapshots and a short video clip of our day, a day to celebrate Laughter Yoga, Love, Peace and Happiness.
Love Peace and Happiness exercise created just for World Laughter Day by Suz.
We have a fabulous day of spontaneous laughter along with some laughter yoga exercises. We will start the day off at Trafalgar Square and then head off as a group, hopefully picking up more people to join us along the way for more laughs around London.
Researchers studying the process of ageing know that laughter improves blood circulation to the head and to the heart. Laughing is good for you. A good belly laugh every day improves mood, improves physical health and improves emotional health.
Laughter can also help you look younger too! No jokes, really. Did you know it requires as many as 15 muscles to squeeze facial muscles into a smile? Now what does this mean? It simply means that laughing actually helps increase the blood flow around the face, helping you look and feel younger.
Stumbled upon this fabulous clip of a lady at just 102 years young! Now, no surprise to me that this lady has reached this ripe old age.
So it all began on April Fools day after a few failed attempts at April Fooling my friends, I decided to call a friend of mine who really needed cheering up and I challenged her to a one minute laugh and timed her. It was completely hilarious and allowed her to let go, release and laugh in the face of adversity. That is something we can all learn to do by bringing in more laughter in to our lives. Laughter Yoga is the perfect platform for all of us to laugh wholeheartedly in a safe non judgemental environment. This can really allow us to release, feel better and give us the strength we need during hard times.
The day continued with around 8 or 9 laughs on the phone in person and on facebook voice chat. Wow, what a day! so much fun which had me completely buzzing and full of energy for the rest of the day.
I had my laughter yoga club the next day which provided an opportunity to video a few more one minute laughs as well as one more on April Fools day from an unsuspecting friend who visited. He is a full time carer and boy oh boy did he need it! He loved it 🙂
Check out some of our One Minute Laughs.
This has followed on giving me the idea of bringing more laughter in a really fun way to not just my friends but their friends, friends of friends and so it will go on creating a massive chain, a ripple of laughter.
So now I begin my mission to bring laughter to as many people as I can 🙂 Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha.
The idea will be to nominate some friends, they in turn nominate theirs, have your timer at the ready as although one minute does not sound like a long time, when you are laughing continuously it seems like forever! Ha Ha and it feels like a workout. It really is a workout, so they will need to be fit enough for the challenge! Apparently 10 minutes of laughter is equivalent to 30 minutes on a rowing machine! Better still if you can video your friends laughing, with their permission of course, I will be happy to showcase the best clips on my youtube channel.
Let the Fun Begin 🙂
Using my contact form, you can send me a link to the recorded clips and those that are selected will be showcased on Laughter Yoga Wellness London.
So today is April Fools Day and my two attempts at fooling friends failed miserably. Still feeling mischievous and in the mood for fun and laughter I decided to telephone a few friends to cheer them up with one minute of laughter, stop clock at the ready! Ha Ha
On Saturday I hold my community Laughter Club in Holloway North London at The Kindness Offensive on Camden Road and I will be taking some video clips of one minute laughter so decided to practice a little.
My first victim! okay, willing participant 🙂 really needed cheering up which was perfect as laughing in the face of adversity can give us so much strength when we need it most to face life’s challenges. So I rang my friend and laughter yoga colleague and we had such a hoot. She was so thankful for that brief one minute of laughter as it really picked her up and made her feel so much better. Actually that one minute extended in to more like two as we both could not stop laughing.
I proceeded to call 2 more friends followed by four more on facebook telephone chat. I now feel fantastic and knackered as laughter gives us a workout! It really does. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their one minute challenge. Try it! Ring a friend, have your timer ready and you will most likely be surprised by this simple yet effective way to boost energy and feel great, a perfect start to your day.
Subscribe to our You Tube Channel and check out our very first One Minute Laughter Video.
One Minute Video Laughter with Ian, a full time carer 🙂 What a sport and he loved it. Not only did he Love it, but he needed it! As you can probably imagine it is hugely stressful to be a full time carer so although just a minute, I feel this was quite a release for Ian.
In a typical one hour Laughter Yoga Workshop you will experience between 10-15 minutes of deep belly laughter.
We have just launched our new London Laughter and Socials allowing members of the public to experience regular laughter classes with optional socials after the class. Frequency varies but usually at least fortnightly.
Laughter workshops are ideal for social bonding, team building and so much more. We are on a mission to get London laughing and make it a happier and healthier place to live 🙂
Laughter Yoga has so many Health Benefits ranging from boosting our confidence and motivation, enhancing creativity, stress relief and generally helping us to feel good. As the saying goes ” Laughter is the best Medicine” and for some people those words have rung true!
A laughter yoga workshop is ideal for almost any group setting. We offer our wellness workshops and services to private groups and parties too. Our Health and Well-being workshops range from a one hour laughter yoga workshop to a full half day which can include various holistic stress busters including a Gong Bath or Sound Meditation. Contact us to discuss your requirements for your group.
Our Laughter classes are usually fully booked so early booking is advisable.
So the mission to de-stress London continues. The holistic tools I work with include Reiki, Laughter Yoga , Meditation and Gong and Sound Baths. Basically holistic tools that can really enhance our general health wellness and well-being. Laughter is a serious contender and the effects of laughter and exercise are very similar. An interesting statistic for you from William Fry, a pioneer in laughter research. He claimed it took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter. After a laughter yoga workshop you will feel like you have had a really good cardio workout.
A little more about Laughter Yoga and how I work with it. I am a professional Laughter Yoga Leader and Laughter Skills Facilitator. My workshops are a fusion of my various holistic tools and are specially tailored to suit different groups. A lively and energetic workout for high spirited giggly Hens or a slower paced, perhaps seated session for those who are elderly and frail. We can focus on more team building and bonding games for corporate groups. Which ever method we use, those who participate will most likely come away feeling lighter , brighter and re-energised.
As the saying goes, Laughter is the best Medicine !! When we laugh we release and let go of negative emotions and thoughts. That is something so incredibly powerful to our well-being. I am forever grateful to have found this amazing tool so I too can help people feel better. This is life changing, this is something else for sure.