Community Laughter Yoga Workshop with Odette from Laughter Yoga Wellness London
Join us for an hour of rib tickling deep belly laughter to help boost general feelings of wellbeing, wind down, de-stress and re-energise and have lots of FUN FUN FUN .. Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha :-)
When this event is full, a waiting list will be in operation via meetup http://www.meetup.com/Stressbusters-London/events/234730849/ Please join it, we may get a cancellation.
The Kindness Offensive are making a Film about the activities held at their HQ and Bookshop. We will be filmed at this session although only a short snippet will be used in their film!!! By coming along to this session you may appear on their film :-)
World Eye Contact Experiment
On this day it is also World Eye Contact Experiment day so we will start out session with a few minutes of one to one eye contact!!! in laughter yoga style of course, so followed by 20 seconds of laughter. Ha Ha
Some Benefits of Laughter
The benefits are massive and not to be underestimated. Laughter is noted to have helped so many people of all ages in so many situations from health ailments, both physical, emotional and mental to corporate businesses, helping to boost general wellness, creativity, morale and work performance and attendance. Fantastic for group bonding and boosting work relationships to helping with personality conflict. Laughter has no boundaries.
In a nutshell
Laughter yoga is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter along with breathing techniques that originate from Yoga. We usually laugh for between 3-5 seconds, in a laughter yoga session we will laugh for between 10-15 minutes, of deep belly laughter. This is the type of laughter that gives us all the health benefits and the benefits will remain with us for a good 24 hours after the session! The body reacts in the same way whether the laughter is forced or natural, releasing the endorphins (happy hormones). It is these endorphins that kick in and fight stress, boost our immune system and make us feel good in so many ways. Laughter yoga is experienced in groups, with eye contact, yogic breathing and playfulness between participants. All that is required of the participants is a Willingness to Laugh!
Please arrive ready for a 4.30pm start. The session is around an hour, scheduled to finish at 5.30pm.
What to bring
Wear something you are comfortable to move in and we will probably lie on the floor for a short ending mediation at some point! so if you like bring a cushion or you could roll your coat up and improvise! Bring some water as there will be some movement!! could be thirsty work!
We will usually be at The Kindness Offensive but occassionally on a beautiful day, we may meet at a park instead. Please check your email box at east 24 hours before the event for any updates on meetup location.
Thanks to our kind venue sponsors, The Kindness Offensive Bookshop. TKO are an awesome group who promote random acts of kindness. I have been out and about with them a number of times and occasionally volunteer at their FREE Bookshop. I am sure you will be able to take home a book or two when you visit :-)
Spaces are limited Please only register if you are going to join us.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ - You will be asked to sign a form on the day.
Laughter Yoga is not a substitute for medical consultation for physical, mental and psychological illnesses, but is a powerful natural complementary form of healing. It is like any other aerobic exercise and may not be suitable for everyone as it involves some physical strain and a rise in intra-abdominal pressure.
Some people may have pre- existing medical conditions and one should take reasonable precaution before doing laughter exercises or indeed any form of exercise.
It is contraindicated for people suffering from: Any kind of hernia, Heart disease with angina pain, Persistent cough with breathlessness, Uncontrolled high blood pressure, Incontinence of urine, Epilepsy, Advanced (bleeding) piles and haemorrhoids or any bleeding tendencies in any part of the body, Severe backache, Any acute symptoms of cough, cold and fever. People who have undergone major surgery should wait at least three months before doing Laughter Yoga.
If in doubt first consult a medical professional for guidance. Anyone undergoing physician-prescribed therapy that experiences improvements through laughter should seek the advice of their doctor before reducing dosage or stopping treatment.
Those suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure but are stable on medication and can take a brisk walk for 30 minutes without any symptoms can do Laughter Yoga with advice from medical specialists.
People who have undergone bypass surgery can also do Laughter Yoga after their stress test is normal. Pregnancy is also a relative contraindication. Women with previous history of miscarriages and also those who are in advanced stage of pregnancy should take medical advice from specialists before doing laughter exercises. People suffering from minor and major psychiatric disorders can participate in a laughter session except those who are not in touch with reality e.g. schizophrenia, Hyper mania (manic part of bipolar depression)
Laughter Yoga is like any other aerobic exercise. Should you experience any discomfort, please discontinue and get medical advice.”
Click through to our Laughter Yoga London Website for more info and private group bookings.