The Ottawa Sunflower Laughter Club was launched in October 2006 by Sophie Terrasse, who earned her Laughter Yoga™ certification directly from Dr. Kataria, M.D., founder of the Laughter Yoga™ movement in Mumbai, India. More
Club activities and coordination are volunteer-based; a small fee is collected from participants to cover facility rental costs - and to support “Le Centre Carmen”, a Gatineau-based centre offering supplementary care to persons (mostly women) suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, neurological trauma, etc).
• From September to June: indoor classes are offered at the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Ave. (corner St Patrick and Cumberland), Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1N 5H9.
• From June to August: outdoor classes are offered at MacDonald Gardens, a beautiful Ottawa urban park located close to Rideau Street (entrance: corner Cobourg/Turney or Charlotte/Turney).
• Every Monday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (see calendar)
• No registration required
• Free Parking
• Sessions are offered in French and in English
• Bring a pillow, a water bottle and your warmest smile!
• Drop-In : 7$
• Card of 10 classes: 50$
• Card of 5 classes: 30$
• Students: 2$
• Children : Free
• Drop-In outdoor class : 5$
|Complimentary laughter tips and information once you Sign up.. These tips are as follows :
| 17 tips to add laughter into your life
| What happy people know
| A smile
|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 ...|
|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...|
|International Laughter Day Celebration, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
On a beautiful, sunny Sunday we assembled on Parliament Hill for a rather unusual activity; a...|
|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 ...|
|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...|
|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 ...|
|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!...|
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...|
|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...|
|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 loved it! I had fun! I have already given your information to some clients...|
|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 ...|
|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. “...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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 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...|
|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 ...|
|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...|
|"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 ...|
|"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 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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|Coach Sophie Terrasse engaged Barrhaven Toastmasters in a twenty minute Laughter Yoga Icebreaker. Club members experienced firsthand the benefits this workout...|
|The laughter yoga class demo was great!...|
A rallying workshop for the personnel!
Relaxes the atmosphere and allows us to laugh at ourselves!
Enthusiastic, lively, warm le...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|Thank you of conducting the Laughter Yoga session for multicultural seniors group at Ottawa Community Immigrant Seniors Organization on August 9th, 2010.
Thank you Sophie for bringing such sparkle and freshness to this conference.
|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 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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|The workshop proved quite beneficial for our team of new comers to laughter yoga. No one left the experience indifferent. Some participants loved ...|
|"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 ...|
|The CTV OTTAWA Management team recently scheduled a Laughter Yoga session as a different and offbeat teambuilding exercise. Everyone who participated thorou...|
|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 ...|
|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 ...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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 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 ...|
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...|
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...|
|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...|
|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...|