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About Sophie Terrasse

The past

While pursuing a successful Speech-Language Pathology practice, first in France and then in Canada, Sophie never stopped broadening her skills by mastering a range of time-proven techniques and innovative disciplines – Art Therapy, Kundalini Yoga, and Laughter Yoga.

In 2006, she founded the Ottawa Sunflower Laughter Club – and later, the Sunflower Institute – to implement and promote her unique therapeutic approach: Wellness through art, laughter and yoga.

The present


Today, Sophie makes use of these innovative techniques to help and guide people who wish to discover and develop their own inner strength, inner powers, wisdom, and joy, and promote their physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.  Through her practice, she also supports her overall mission: to promote world peace, joy, and harmony and to make a positive difference in the world.

As a licensed Art Therapist, and as a certified Kundalini Yoga and Laughter Yoga teacher/leader and Rigologist, Sophie Terrasse offers therapy services, teaching seminars, group workshops, and retreats in Canada and around the world. She has also been a guest speaker at various conventions and conferences.

Sophie was trained and certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader and Laughter Yoga Teacher by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the international Laughter Yoga movement.  As such, she is eminently qualified to lead Laughter Yoga sessions and to train people to become Laughter Yoga leaders. Sophie was also trained and certified in Rigology®, the science of laughter and joie de vivre (joy of living), by Corinne Cosseron, the founder of The International School Of Laughter.

Sophie spreads Laughter Yoga in as many events and contexts as possible: public organizations, associations, hospitals, schools, government agencies, and private businesses. She also offers Laughter Yoga sessions in support of various charities, such as Osteoporosis Canada, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Centre for the Study of Islam at Carleton University, Foundation Québécoise du Cancer, etc.

Profits from Sophie's Ottawa Sunflower Laughter Club  are donated to Fondation Carmen, a Gatineau* Centre offering supplementary care to persons suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, neurological trauma, etc. She also participates in the Foundation's annual fundraising campaign – the Dragon Boat Festival.  In 2010, The Sunflower Laughter Club dragon boat came in second for the amount collected, raising almost $12,000.

And now, the future

Laughter Capital is the embodiment of Sophie's vision for Canada's Capital: to make Ottawa not only the National Capital and Capital of Seriousness, but also the Capital of Laughter! 

Sophie's Mission is to help leaders, professionals, and politicians to make Ottawa a better place to work – a place where we will continue working hard – with a welcome twist:  laughing more to work better! She wants Ottawa to start laughing for excellence and for optimal physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.  She wants the people of Ottawa to learn how they too can increase their laughter capital and reap the wonderful dividends of  Laughter for no Reason – right now!

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I felt really good doing the Laughter workshop and afterward. Sophie, you are an amazing leader and such a perfect fit for it. What a gift to you and to us wh...
I couldn’t imagine that it was possible for me to laugh for no reason at all, or that such an activity would be so beneficial; however, Sophie has that ...
The laughter yoga class demo was great!...
Coach Sophie Terrasse engaged Barrhaven Toastmasters in a twenty minute Laughter Yoga Icebreaker. Club members experienced firsthand the benefits this workout...
Sophie Terrasse is an exceptional artist and peace maker. She is an expert in conveying Laughter Yoga to a variety of audiences, as she integrates the themes ...
Thank you for your comprehensive presentation to our staff at the TriCounty Addiction Services, on 1 May 2009, about the work of Dr. Madan Kataria, laughter c...
The CTV OTTAWA Management team recently scheduled a Laughter Yoga session as a different and offbeat teambuilding exercise. Everyone who participated thorou...
I loved it!  I had fun!  I have already given your information to some clients...
Back in Toronto for a week, after a week-end of certification training with you to become a Laughter Yoga leader, I am still high. Sophie, I feel as revived...
It was absolutely astounding! I did not expect that at all… It’s one of the best stress management techniques I have ever tried. On top of the be...
A group of about 30 employees met on a Friday at noon, to learn what laughter yoga was all about. Sophie did not allow us to stay very long at our seats. She ...
As a writer, I am always searching for new ways to stay creatively productive. Laughter yoga opens my creativity to new heights and improves my overall outl...
Wow! Thank you for your valuable contribution to the 3i Summit. The imaginations, interactions, and inspirations from our energetic two days will stay with ea...
I am a workaholic yogini, so relaxing can be an effort for me! I thought the Laughter Yoga would be fun and within reason. Well... it surpassed my expectation...
Before the session started, I told my friend that I had no expectation of good or bad and just to keep an open mind and enjoy the new experience that I was ab...
I wanted to let you know how much of a success your presentation was with those who attended the event. After each session, attendees are sent an online su...
"I have to admit, at first I was a bit skeptical. However, the experience of Laughter Yoga with Sophie was amazing! It made me feel amazing and was very ...
It was absolutely astounding! I did not expect that at all. It’s one of the best stress management techniques I have ever tried. On top of the beneficia...
The workshop proved quite beneficial for our team of new comers to laughter yoga.  No one left the experience indifferent.  Some participants loved ...
After reading positive reviews about laughter yoga, I  thought I would give it a try on my grade 12 girls and boys fitness classes. We were wrapping up a...
Sophie is a very dynamic person with an incredible smile. She succeeded in a few minutes in getting all the people in our Toastmasters group to realize the ...
Oh, what a discovery, this laugher yoga. I arrived at the workshop having trouble to breathe because of a severe allergy reaction. I let Ms Terrasse know that...
"I found laughter yoga to be a great pick-me-up. It woke me up and got my day started. I would definitely do it again."...
I joined Sophie's laughter class at a weekend getaway and was delighted with the amount of fun that I had, the workout that I got, AND the fact that I was so ...
Sophie's energy and passion for her work is very contagious. The ladies who attended her classes at the Ultimate Girls Getaway, at the Fairmont Tremblant, had...
Sophie has a youthful energy full of life and fun. Her teaching style is playful and she helps to bring out the child within; her laughter is infectious. She ...
That was the most fun I have had in a while! I feel lighter, younger, and happy! I am hooked!! I had a wonderful time; very enjoyable and such...
I enjoyed your workshop! I was tired from all the workouts and not enough sleep and it brought energy back! You are the perfect personality to lead this works...
After my Laughter Yoga session, I found I was less judgmental and critical - I had an increased acceptance of everything it seemed. I was also able to remain ...
Sophie is a natural Laughter Leader whose enthusiasm and energy is contagious! Her radiant smile and laughter fill up the room and put everyone in the mood fo...
Thank you Sophie for bringing such sparkle and freshness to this conference. ...
CHEO - Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre The parents from the Retreat in April really appreciated the time that you took with them.  Some of the comm...
We really appreciated the session that you gave during our retreat in la Diversité. The comments that I've heard were all very positive. It’s a v...
International Laughter Day Celebration, Parliament Hill, Ottawa On a beautiful, sunny Sunday we assembled on Parliament Hill for a rather unusual activity; a...
Last December 7, on the occasion of the  RGA's Holiday dinner, the business people in attendance all participated in the exercise proposed by the friendl...
I discovered this approach during a day dedicated to employees at Statistics Canada and I really liked it from the start. After this first experience, I c...
In theatre, it's so important that actors build energy and overcome nervousness before any performance. Laughter Yoga was a true success in this regard, but i...
A rallying workshop for the personnel!   Relaxes the atmosphere and allows us to laugh at ourselves! Enthusiastic, lively, warm le...
Every third Tuesday of the month, Mood Disorders Ottawa invites a guest speaker to make a presentation to members and the general public. The topics are usual...
Sophie was born to lead Laughter Yoga. She glows like a 1000 bulb when she teaches. You leave her workshop refreshed, relaxed, and buoyant. It’s TRUE JO...
This was one of the best workshops I've ever experienced. The ICF would benefit greatly from having Sophie present/facilitate in front of th...
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At work, we have an employee well being committee. This committee had invited Sophie to teach us a short laughter yoga class. It was a real eye-opener for me!...
Laughing ... is fun! Yes indeed! Despite all my skepticism, I decided to go out on a great laughter adventure… ha, ha, ha… that is, on Parlia...
Tired and laughing about it! Thanks to Sophie Terrasse for the wonderful Laughter Yoga experience! Our Social Club is grateful for the impact it had on p...
I laughed so much today - boy did I laugh! I left your workshop with wings on my back and a light in my eyes. Thank you very much Sophie. I hope to put to goo...
I take this opportunity, regarding your presence in my Alternative Intervention in Social Service class, to convey to you a few comments which were sparked by...
Sophie, I just wanted to thank you for sharing Laughter Yoga with the children in our child care centre. As you will remember, your first visit was a grea...
I have done laughter yoga before. With Sophie it was a much more personal experience and I found that I felt more connected with my inner self. “...
"Laughter yoga was an incredible experience that truly brought out happiness in a stress-free environment. It's a great mind opener and a great exercise ...
As a writer, I am always searching for new ways to stay productive, and Laughter Yoga opens my creativity to new heights. In fact, I am now expressing my crea...
I have attended Sophie’s Laughter Yoga class on several occasions as part of the Ultimate Girls Getaway weekend. Aside from it being an exciting, uplift...
Just a note to thank you for the short Laughter Yoga session you led at the meeting for all the personnel of my division. The session has well attained its ...
Thank you of conducting the Laughter Yoga session for multicultural seniors group at Ottawa Community Immigrant Seniors Organization on August 9th, 2010. I...
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