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Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London Kings Cross

Laughter Yoga Leader training Courses London May 2018 with the London Laughter Yoga Academy

Laughter yoga leader training – Fully Certified plus extra advanced module London Kings Cross / Euston

This is a special extended Course with 4 extra training hours.  Easy stroll from London Kings Cross St Pancras and Euston. We are in the heart of Kings Cross at a beautiful tranquil healing centre. 

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We are condensing this 2 and a half days in to 2 for this special extended certificated laughter yoga training course will give you the tools and techniques to get you started running laughter yoga workshops for groups. You can also start a community laughter club which is an ideal way to gain experience.

We have added an extra 4 hours to this course although this will be achieved across the 2 days!!.  I am very excited about this new training format which will allow you to be better equipped right from the start.  

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. 

Recent Feedback from August training

“My daughter and I took the ‘laughter yoga leader’ course with Odette in London, Islington. It was the best fun fill two day ever, leaving us on a joyful high! Who knew learning could be such a giggle! Now I am fully prepared to spread the joy of laughter to as many people as I can. Odette is a natural teacher, with a soothing voice, and contagious laugh! I would recommend her course, and I will be doing more with Odette in the near future! Ha Ha Ha!!!”
Thanks Vivienne and Heaven 🙂 
Book early to secure one of the limited spaces via http://www.londongong.co.uk/event/laughter-yoga-leader-london/
If tickets are Sold Out, please contact us for possible late availability, next dates or to join our waiting list. For future dates join our mail list http://eepurl.com/cYLz1n

The laughter yoga leader certificate will enable you to obtain insurance for leading laughter yoga workshops with groups.

The certificate is endorsed by your trainer/s and Laughter Yoga International University.
Upon successful completion of laughter yoga leader training, you will receive your certificate. Yey 🙂
 
You will also receive membership to our private LYWUK Support Network on facebook for our Laughter Leaders where you can connect with other Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers and inclusion on our google map of laughter yoga classes. 
 

Registration: Please secure your place by way of payment. You will receive confirmation and details once booked.
Pre-requisite: Ideally having participated in a Laughter Yoga class previously.  Please contact Odette for details of her laughter classes or another that you can attend prior to training. If you have any questions regarding this please speak to us.  If there is no opportunity to attend a class prior to training please call to discuss suitability and options before booking. 

It comprises of two days of Laughter Yoga Leader Training as originally outlined by Dr. Madan Kataria, Founder of the Laughter Yoga Movement plus an extra 4 hours of training allowing you to go deeper and learn more.  Also you will plan and co-lead your first class.

Course Content

During the training you will

  • get an understanding of the need for Laughter Yoga
  • history of laughter yoga
  • learn the basic guidelines for a Laughter Session
  • get to know the benefits of Laughter Yoga as well as the risks
  • learn to present Laughter Yoga
  • find out how to start a Laughter Club
  • tips on starting a laughter business
  • practice a minimum of 40 laughter exercises
  • learn a little gibberish and other playful activities
  • exclusive opportunity to plan and co-lead a live laughter yoga class 

Please note I exclusively offer my students an opportunity to practise and gain experience at my laughter class in Archway.  This is as an ongoing opportunity subject to availability as it will help you gain experience and increase your confidence to start your own club/classes. Depending on your previous experience in working with groups,  you may need a little extra helping hand to get you started. 

and much more.

Course Material and exclusive Extras!

You will receive the following as part of your course package

  • Extra 4 Hours = extra time to go deeper and learn more.
  • New Leader pack with a few extras 🙂
  • Laughter Yoga Leader Manual plus exclusive content from laughter yoga wellness training academy. You will receive both a PDF and ring bound manual in a handy handbag size.
  • Helpful handouts with lots of extras including a few laminated extras
  • Laughter Yoga Leader Certificate signed by your teacher and Dr Madan Kataria
  • Optional 6 months trial membership of Laughter Yoga International pro members group at £10 (full profile available for paid membership of $95)
  • Regular in person support opportunities and access to private members forums.
  • Exclusive access to Laughter Yoga CPD Events (next one October 6th in London)
  • exclusive opportunities to gain experience in London with Live Groups!
  • additional useful information which includes meditations, standard forms and research documents and more
  • Support via our private facebook group.
  • facebook group to share laughter clubs
  • Information on Skype Laughter Clubs – for your daily laughter dose 🙂
  • Free membership to HaHa Telephone Laughter Line
  • At the end of the two days you will, upon successful completion, receive a Laughter Yoga Leader certificate enabling you to get appropriate insurance in order to run laughter workshops as well as allowing you to call yourself Laughter Yoga Leader.
To reserve one of the limited spaces, please provide full payment in advance.
Dates and Times
2 and a half day condensed! Laughter Yoga Leader Training
 

The venue is in Archway at Hargrave Hall. Just a few minutes walk from the Tube and around 15 minutes from Euston.

Course Fee 2 day Laughter Yoga Leader Training  

9am to 6pm on both days

Sat 9th February 2019

Sunday 10th February 2019

Fee for this extended program with extra 4 learning hours! 

Super Early Bird £235 
Early Bird £245 mid Jan
Regular bird. £274 one month before the training

Your Trainer

Your trainer is Odette Kurland aka Lady HaHa #ladyhaha

Odette, our founder and Laughter Yoga Teacher/Trainer.  She has a background in various Holistic Therapies including Laughter Yoga, Laughter Facilitation Skills, Energy Healing (Reiki Master), Sound Healing ( Gong Master) and Mindfulness and Meditation teacher. Known for her caring nature which includes random acts of kindness and offering a warm heart, a pair of socks and a woolly hat and conversation to homeless people. She works full time running her wellbeing and training company, Laughter Yoga Wellness London and UK and London Gong. Going further back, Odette worked a 9-5 in I.T so she is a shining example that change is possible.

She has worked with Charities, Community Groups, Banks, NHS, Media Companies, Cancer Patients, Homeless People, Universities and more. From private parties to Small, Medium and Multi National Corporations. Laughter Yoga has been life changing for Odette and now she wishes to spread the joy by training others to connect with more joy and laughter.

Any questions feel free to call Odette Tel: 07387 563 902

Course fees are not refundable although a course may be transferred to a friend who fits the training criteria.  Please contact us if you wish to transfer your space.

Full Terms and Conditions will be sent to you when you make your booking.

All courses require 4 participants minimum in order for the training to go ahead. Please check with us before making travel/accommodation bookings. We are not responsible for any out of pocket expenses you may have in the event of the course being cancelled.

In the event that the training provider cancels, a full ticket refund will be made however we can not be responsible for any additional costs you may incur such as accommodation/travel etc:

If tickets are Sold Out, please contact us for possible late availability, next dates or to join our waiting list. For future dates join our mail list http://eepurl.com/cYLz1n

If these dates don’t work for you please join our laughter enquiry list to be first in the loop for the next training dates http://laughteryogawellness.co.uk/laughter-yoga-leader-training/

To reserve one of the limited spaces, please provide full payment in advance.

If you prefer to pay via bank transfer please contact Odette. 

Also available Private Group Training in the workplace – minimum of 4 participants. Please contact us for details.

fully Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training London August 2018

laughter yoga training course in London August 2018 23rd and 24th August near Kings Cross

Laughter Yoga Leader training in London 23rd and 24th August 2018 in London England

Our Laughter Training studio is based in Clerkenwell in the City of London

For full info and booking please visit our laughter yoga training booking page via http://www.londongong.co.uk/?p=37858

The training will be taking place in London EC1 at our training academy.

Our London venue is in an ideal location with a selection of nearby hotels and hostels to fit all budgets.

Easy access for all UK airports and mainline railway stations.

 

 

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.

Laughter Yoga Residential Leader Training Retreat in Glastonbury

Laughter Yoga Residential Training Retreat Glastonbury May 2018

Laughter Yoga Leader Training retreat in Glastonbury with Odette and Morag

Exciting opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Laughter Yoga Leader training.  I will be collaborating with guest teacher Morag who is based in Scotland so a real treat us coming together for this special training retreat way down South in the South West of the UK.

October Laughter Yoga Leaders in London
October Laughter Yoga Leaders in London

Would you like to learn the skills to spread the wonderful gift of unconditional laughter amongst family and friends, start your own laughter club or use laughter yoga in your workplace? Or maybe you just want to bring more laughter into your own life? If so, this training is for you.

This retreat will take place in the beautiful Shekinashram, a holistic yoga centre in Glastonbury. It is a peaceful oasis located within walking distance of both the town centre and the Tor.
Arrival after lunch on Friday 4th May at 2pm till Sunday 6th May at 5.30 pm (It’s a bank holiday, why not stay on in Glastonbury an extra night 🙂 )

The retreat will include optional extras which are designed to complement the laughter yoga leader training with a view to enabling participants to relax, let go and fully enter into the training as well as take time out from their busy lives and immerse themselves in nature.

Course contents:
Why we need laughter yoga
History, concept, philosophy behind this world-wide movement
How to lead a laughter session – the different steps and 40 Foundation Laughter Exercises
How to start and run your own laughter club
The many benefits of laughter yoga
Practise presenting in front of a group of people while gaining confidence and honing your presentation skills
Learn how to bring more laughter into your own life
And mostly, have lots of fun for two days taking part in 4 complete laughter sessions.

Course includes:
E manual (pdf file)
Follow up material (including meditation scripts)
A certificate to enable you to obtain insurance to run a laughter club
A chance to get 6 months Prozone membership at a reduced rate of £10. This allows you to access additional teaching material and to list your new laughter club.
Ongoing support after your training.

Following a successful assessment at the end of the training, the participants will be certified as Laughter Yoga Leaders and given a certificate which will enable them to obtain insurance to run a not-for-profit Laughter Club.

Laughter Yoga was developed in India in 1995 by Dr Madan Kataria and is a unique concept which enables us to laugh for no reason without the need for humour, comedy or jokes. Through the use of laughter exercises, eye contact, childlike playfulness and yogic breathing, we convert pretend laughter into real, hearty belly laughter. In this way our bodies produce lots of endorphins instantly raising our mood and lowering our stress levels. Laughter has many other benefits including stimulating the immune system, making us feel lighter, more energised and happier.

Optional Extras:
• Visit to the Chalice Well and Gardens (admission included) on Friday afternoon.
• Friday evening dinner together.
• Optional bajan/mantra singing on Friday evening.
• Walk up Glastonbury Tor on the Saturday – with an intensive weekend. indoors, it’s important to take time out in the fresh air to re-energise.
• A chance to join the Ashram’s regular morning meditation – the opportunity to enjoy some silence, to ground and centre yourself before the day’s laughter programme.
• Joint sound bath run by Odette and Morag – relax and allow the sounds of gong, singing bowls, drums, wind chimes to entrain your brainwaves into a state of deep relaxation.

The retreat format means you can fully immerse yourself into the training without having to worry about travel/meals etc.
Cost is fully inclusive: full board basic accommodation, herbal teas and vegan snacks, training course fee and materials as well as extras such as a visit to the Chalice Well and gardens (entrance fee included) and regular ashram activities.

Accommodation will be in twin rooms with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. Rooms are allocated at the time of booking.

Booking

Please visit our sister website to book your place http://www.londongong.co.uk/event/laughter-yoga-leader-training-retreat-in-glastonbury/

Glastonbury is a beautiful town in Somerset with an eclectic range of shops, cafés, a ruined abbey, Tor, Chalice Well and gardens. In recent years the town has become a place of pilgrimage for visitors of faiths other than Christianity. The reputed healing powers of the White & Red Springs have always attracted visitors and in more recent years there has been a revival of interest in Glastonbury as a centre of alternative beliefs. Its shops reflect this with a host of crystal shops, alternative bookshops, music, clothing and others.

Places are limited so early booking is essential to be ensure your place.
Your investment
Fully inclusive price: Early bird until 14th December: only £395
After that £445.
Includes basic accommodation; full board vegan food; all drinks and snacks; Laughter yoga leader training course + materials and other activities to enhance the training.

Odette Kurland and Morag Wylie have years of experience between them not only as therapists but as trainers and workshop leaders. They are here to support you over the intensive weekend journey into laughter yoga.

Odette Kurland has a background in various Holistic Therapies including Laughter Yoga, Laughter Facilitation Skills and Sound Healing (Gong Master and Reiki Master). She is known for her caring nature which includes random acts of kindness and offering a warm heart, a pair of socks and a woolly hat and conversation to homeless people. She works full time running her wellbeing and training company, Laughter Yoga Wellness London and UK and London Gong.

She has worked with Charities, Community Groups, Banks, NHS, Media Companies, Cancer Patients, Homeless People, Universities and more. Laughter Yoga has been life enhancing for Odette and now she wishes to spread the joy by training others to connect with more joy and laughter.

Morag Wylie is a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Transformational Breath Facilitator and Sound Healer. Over the past 8 years she has worked with hundreds of clients through 1 to 1 sessions, groups and training events. She has been running Falkirk Laughter Club for 2½ years, has taken laughter to many groups in her local community including working with Disabled adults, visually impaired people, those affected by mental health issues, children and older people. She has been running laughter yoga leader trainings since 2016. She loves to empower people to live happier and healthier lives.

What previous trainees have said about the training:
“I got so much out of the laughter yoga training weekend. Morag is such a brilliant and knowledgeable teacher. She supported us with our unique learning styles and adapted the day as our energy levels rose and dipped. I not only feel I have gained so much on a personal development level but I also feel confident and empowered to start my own Laughter Club. Thank you so much Morag.” RF, Birmingham

“Was a brilliant fun filled fabulous course. Thanks sooooo much Odette and Nico! Can’t wait to see you again to laugh and play on 4 Nov!! Very good, very good, yeah!!! 😂😂

Thank you for an amazing course! 😂

Blessings dearest Sistar Odette and deep gratitude…. Thankyou for the permission to feel JOY 💜💜💜

Thank you so much my lovelies <3 Feeling verrrry happy & excited xxxx

I couldn’t sleep after the two days training. It gave me so much energy and enthusiasm. but in the morning, I was still bright as a Laughing Yoga Leader!

What an amazing course!! Big thank you to Odette and Nico 😄!!

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/

World Laughter Day 2018 in London infecting London with Laughter

All are welcome to join Lady Ha Ha and friends from Laughter Yoga Wellness Club and Laughter Yoga Wellness Training Academy to celebrate World Laughter Day 2018 in London on Sunny Sunday 6th May 2018.

We will be out spreading Love, Peace and Joy with Laughter around London This is probably the biggest day in the Laughter Yoga Calendar so we will be joined by many laughter yoga leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

We will most likely spread laughter on public transport as we go on a laughter flash mob crawl around the city visiting various places along the way.

Please register your interest via https://wld-london.eventbrite.co.uk You will receive more information nearer the time.

 

Please dress in a jolly way and even better if you have a smiley tshirt 🙂

Laughter Yoga with a Parkinson’s Support Group in London Laughing for the Health of it

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 As A Complementary Therapy For People with Parkinson’s

For more info on Parkinson’s please visit Parkinson’s UK – www.parkinsons.org.uk