|LAUGHTER… The Amazing Self-Care Strategy!
|| • Reduce stress
• Oxygenate your blood and body
• Tone your abs and diaphragm
• Decrease the risk of disease ... And have lots of fun doing it!
What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga is a unique and complete wellbeing practice that is fast sweeping the world. The brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician who started the first Laughter Club in a Mumbai park on 13th March 1995 with only 5 people, Laughter Yoga has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of social laughter clubs in 65 countries.
Laughter Yoga is a new revolution in body-mind medicine that combines simple laughter exercises, light physical activity, and gentle yoga breathing to enhance health and happiness. Practiced in a group setting, a typical Laughter Yoga session starts with simulated laughter, but through eye contact and a playful attitude, soon turns into a real and contagious laughter funfest.
Laughter Yoga produces "Happiness Chemistry" in the brain - endorphins. Scientific studies have shown that doing intentional laughter generates the same physiological and emotional benefits as authentic laughter. Anyone can laugh in a group for 15-20 minutes with no need for jokes, comedy, or a special sense of humour.
Laughter Yoga is now widely accepted all over the world and has been written about in prestigious publications like TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Daily Telegraph (UK), and many others. Laughter clubs were also featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, BBC, CNN, ZDF (Germany) NHK (Japan), ABC news (USA), and many other television networks around the world.
Why Laughter Yoga?
Three compelling reasons:
1. To reap the full health benefits of laughter, we need to laugh continuously for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Natural laughter occurs randomly and for a few seconds, which is not enough to bring about significant physiological and biochemical changes in our body. But in Laughter Yoga, we practice laughter as an exercise and can prolong our laughter as long as we want.
2. To reap the full health benefits of laughter, we need to laugh loud and deep, from the diaphragm; a belly laugh. But laughing loudly is not always socially acceptable. Laughter Yoga clubs provide a safe, dedicated environment where one can laugh loudly, heartily, and freely.
3. In our times, reasons and occasions for natural laughter are few and far between. Thus, much-needed laughter has become rare and left to chance. In contrast, Laughter Yoga leaves nothing to chance. Laughing becomes a conscious exercise, born out of self-commitment - a proven technique to get the full health benefits of laughter.
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Rigology® (from the French word “rigolo,” meaning “amusing”) was developed in 2002, in France, by Corinne Cosseron of the International School of Laughter.
Rigology® is the science of laughter and joie de vivre (joy of living). It includes, but is not limited to, laughter yoga, playful sophrology, clowning, positive psychology, and the development of humour - and joie de vivre - for the purposes of therapy, personal growth, and emotional/mental wellbeing. http://www.laughterschool.org/
|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
|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...|
|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 of conducting the Laughter Yoga session for multicultural seniors group at Ottawa Community Immigrant Seniors Organization on August 9th, 2010.
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...|
|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 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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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 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...|
|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 ...|
|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 ...|
|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 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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
Thank you Sophie for bringing such sparkle and freshness to this conference.
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. “...|
|I loved it! I had fun! I have already given your information to some clients...|
|"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 ...|
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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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 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."...|
|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...|
|Coach Sophie Terrasse engaged Barrhaven Toastmasters in a twenty minute Laughter Yoga Icebreaker. Club members experienced firsthand the benefits this workout...|
|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...|
A rallying workshop for the personnel!
Relaxes the atmosphere and allows us to laugh at ourselves!
Enthusiastic, lively, warm le...|
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 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...|
|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 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 ...|
|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...|
|"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 ...|
|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...|
|The CTV OTTAWA Management team recently scheduled a Laughter Yoga session as a different and offbeat teambuilding exercise. Everyone who participated thorou...|
|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...|
|International Laughter Day Celebration, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
On a beautiful, sunny Sunday we assembled on Parliament Hill for a rather unusual activity; a...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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 ...|
|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...|
|The laughter yoga class demo was great!...|
|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 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 ...|
|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 ...|