It’s that time of year again! World Smile Day falls on the first Friday of October! Yes it is a thing and I have blogged about it previously Click through to find our more about World Smile Day Interesting stuff!
This world smile day is a really weird one with the current situation with covid-19 and the wearing of masks. We are seeing less smiles than usual as most peoples smiles are hidden under masks and now we need those smiles and laughter more than ever during these challenging times.
So sometime last week I walked in to my local supermarket wearing my mask and I was greeted by a lovely friendly shop assistant so realising that I was smiling but she couldn’t see my smile, I told her that I had a big beautiful smile under my mask. We both proceeded to laugh. So I found this interesting as we know smiles are so infectious and that smile can totally change someone’s day so telling a person that we are smiling even though they cannot see the smile appears to be infectious too. This is great to know.
With this in mind, if you are wearing a mask and if you do find yourself smiling, say Hey I have a big beautiful smile under this mask and see if it is infectious for you too.
I would be really interested to know how you get on. So it is world smile day tomorrow on Friday! If you have time for a fun project, you could possibly make a big sign that says, I am smiling under this mask. HaHa. Let me know how you get on and if you telling people you are smiling is infectious.
So back to world smile day on Friday 2nd October 2020. We are zooming a very smiley laughter yoga session and you are invited to join us at 10am
Zoom video conferencing laughter yoga classes UK 11am on Saturdays
Zoom Laughter Yoga classes Saturdays 3pm UK time
Donations are optional and welcomed.
(note these are classes for members of the public. Do get in touch if you are interested in private corporate sessions. )
Saturday afternoons 3pm
Join me for an energising, stress-busting laughter yoga session on Zoom from the comfort of your home. Registration information is at the bottom. PLEASE read everything including medical precautions.
As this is such an important time to be laughing I have decided to run some online laughs. All you need is a computer or a phone where you can see me! This will be my new way of working so hoping it works well for us.
There will be an option to donate something to support me in running the session. You can do this in advance if you like
Follow the instructions to join us. This will require you to register your details in advance and I will send you the password to enter.
The benefits for us right now are more important than ever so thanks to technology I am leading these Zoom laughter yoga sessions
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
I will also share the link for anyone who would like to make a donation to me which is optional and down to affordability.
Lifting our mood
helping us to feel less anxious
increasing our pain threshold
strengthening our immune system
taking us away from everything to just laugh
laughter is a naturally mindful activity
great breathing exercises
having a jolly good laugh feels fabulous
Health and Medical contraindications
(note by joining this session you agree that you have read the medical contraindications and you are in good health to do this session)
In addition to the medical precautions below, if you do experience any new pain then please stop and only do what is comfortable for you.
All of the exercises will be suitable from a chair but I do encourage you to stand up and move if it is comfortable for you to do so.
This is exercise! and involves some physical strain and a rise in intra-abdominal pressure and may not be suitable for everyone. As with any form of exercise it is not suitable after a big meal.
Important 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.
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!
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.
World Laughter Day 2020 – 28 laughter yoga professionals from 14 countries for a 16 hour non top laughter extravaganza.
World Laughter Day 2020 online via Zoom – A 16 hour laughter marathon or should I say zoomathon.
You are invited to join us for this free global event in celebration of world laughter day 2020 with 28 Laughter Yoga professionals from across the globe! 16 hours of uplifting continuous stress-busting laughter and joyful activities to celebrate World Laughter Day with special guest Dr Madan Kataria (founder of laughter yoga)
8am to Midnight UK London time, you will have the opportunity to join experienced Laughter Professionals from 14 countries sharing laughter, play, meditation and dance to light our world with joy and togetherness. Check the schedule out to view the incredible offerings and dip in and out as you please.
Time: May 3, 2020 08:00 AM London to Midnight London UK time
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.
For more info please contact the organiser Odette Kurland Laughter Yoga Wellness UK
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.
Certified Laughter Yoga leader training course in London plus our unique to London extended 4 hour advanced module exclusive to Laughter Yoga Wellness Training Academy
Laughter yoga leader training London – Fully Certified plus extra advanced module London April 2020
This is a special extended Course with over 4 extra training hours and it includes the fully certified laughter yoga leader training as outlined by the Dr Kataria school aka Laughter Yoga International. London just one stop from Kings Cross mainline stations/tube) The ideal location for those of you heading in from out of Town.
nearest tube Angel and Islington and Farringdon and fairly close to Kings Cross St Pancras
Update We first ran the new extended training format in Nov/Dec 2018 and feedback was totally positive. We love this new training so much, it has now become our standard offering as everyone gained so much more from the extra content allowing them to go deeper in to laughter practice right from the start.:-) Totally awesome and a little clip for you to enjoy from the training 30th Nov/1st Dec
In this special extended course you will also get to plan and co-lead a live laughter class with members of the public so you will get to use what you have learnt right away! You can participate in this as much or as little as you like, no pressure but the opportunity is there.
10am to 7pm on both days April 14th and April 15th
“Odette is An amazing teacher full of laughter and fun and patience. a great knowledge for her subject and excellent at supporting I highly reccomend this training”
“Your support and encouragement is outstanding. I have attended number of training’s, but your method of training is the best in the world! You are an amazing Leader and Mentor! Thanks for your support!”
“Odette fosters a fantastic sense of togetherness and positive energy- by the end of the weekend I felt really bonded with my group and totally bowled over by the power of laughter.”
“Highly recommend this course with Odette . Whether you want to become a workshop leader or simply to develop your skills for personal benefit, this is a great course. Odette is very professional, fun to be with and attracts lovely people. We had a ball, and trained in the process! Brilliant!
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.
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 email@example.com 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 🙂