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
|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'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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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!...|
Thank you Sophie for bringing such sparkle and freshness to this conference.
|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 ...|
|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...|
|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...|
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...|
|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...|
|I loved it! I had fun! I have already given your information to some clients...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|"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 ...|
|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...|
|The workshop proved quite beneficial for our team of new comers to laughter yoga. No one left the experience indifferent. Some participants loved ...|
|The laughter yoga class demo was great!...|
|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 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 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 ...|
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...|
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...|
|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 ...|
|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. “...|
|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 ...|
|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...|
|The CTV OTTAWA Management team recently scheduled a Laughter Yoga session as a different and offbeat teambuilding exercise. Everyone who participated thorou...|
|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 ...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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."...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|Coach Sophie Terrasse engaged Barrhaven Toastmasters in a twenty minute Laughter Yoga Icebreaker. Club members experienced firsthand the benefits this workout...|
|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 ...|
|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...|
|Thank you of conducting the Laughter Yoga session for multicultural seniors group at Ottawa Community Immigrant Seniors Organization on August 9th, 2010.
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...|
|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 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...|
A rallying workshop for the personnel!
Relaxes the atmosphere and allows us to laugh at ourselves!
Enthusiastic, lively, warm le...|