Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can learn to laugh for no reason at all! We don’t need to rely on comedy or jokes. We learn unconditional laughter, connecting with our own innate joy. We practice laughter as an exercise accompanied with deep breathing, which leaves us feeling more energised and happy.
Laughter Yoga works on the scientific premise that the body does not know the difference between fake laughter and real laughter – so even when we pretend to laugh the benefits are the same. We can shift a mood within minutes. When we practice deep belly laughter for 10 to 15 minutes, endorphins are released, our stress levels reduce and the immune system increases.
Did you know we laugh to release anxiety and fear – the more stressed we are the more of a release the laughter is – laughter can be cathartic & is one of the most primal and powerful social contagions. It increases the oxygen and blood circulation, which can lead to creative thinking and regulate blood pressure.
It is the quickest holiday from our stressors
Laughter Yoga started by medical Dr Madan Kataria in 1995, and is now practiced in thousands of clubs in 100 countries around the World. Our mission Health, Joy & World Peace though Laughter
The doctors prescription is daily laughter of 10 – 15 minutes
Join Skype Laughter Facilitators, Roseanne Turner, Wendy Cooke & Kate Squire-Howe as they lead Skype Laughter Club South Africa.
Skype Laughter is a conference call where we laugh unconditionally. Remember, the concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. When done with willingness, one gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.
We focus on laughter as a form of exercise. You can laugh gently, hear others laughing and enJOY as the laughter soon becomes contagious.
There is no talking, only laughing & we keep it to just audio, no visual – so don’t worry if you are in your PJ’s.
Joining Skype Laughter Club is as easy as 1,2,3
All you need is a computer or iPad with Skype (it is free to download www.skype.com) and an internet connection.
Remember we laugh (no talking) for 15 to 20 minutes. We can chat by typing messages and sending emicons to the group in the chat bar
There are Skype Laughter Clubs all over the World – for more information, the full schedule of Skype Laughter clubs around the World & some FAQ, click here
Skype Laughter is open to all – no Skype or Laughter experience required.
‘I attended Kate’s Laughter Leader Training Course on 9 and 10 May 2015 at the Living Art Farm in Noordhoek. It was a truly remarkable experience, great fun yet somewhat life-changing too! I’ve come away with vastly shifted attitudes (most certainly for the positive), different insights and new skills… Kate is a natural teacher and has an utterly contagious way (of Laughter) about her – her energy is vibrant and generous; and her awareness, compassion and consciousness are most inspiring. It was a fine and invaluable way to spend a weekend, with the bonus prize of being able to start a Laughter Yoga Club on completion (hence sharing the joy of Laughter)! Truly a win-win (and ha-ha, ho-ho and he-he) experience! :-)’
Jo Steinhobel – Yoga Teacher & Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
“The origin of the word education is to educe, to bring out. In this sense Kate Squire-Howe is a true teacher. Kate will help you to find and awaken the miraculous gift of unconditional laughter. She will also give you the encouragement and support you need to share it with the world.”
Michael Dale – Shadow work Coach and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
To find out about upcoming Certified Laughter Yoga Leader trainings, click here
It’s the week before my 37th birthday. I’m in hospital, I’m neutropenic, I have an infection second to none on the right side of my chest, where my breast was, where the cancer was. I’m a stage 2 Cancer patient, halfway through Chemotherapy. For the first time the reality of my diagnosis hits me…I’m fighting for my life, SHIT!
As a Buddhist, we’re constantly reminded that the time of death is uncertain, that none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow but was I really living my life from that depth? Was I postponing anything?
For two years I’d wanted to be a Laughter Professional, but had thought I’d wait until I’d got the serious business of career and life underway, well now it was dawning on me, that THE time might never come.
For me the journey through 2010, my year of Cancer, became the year I ceased postponing my life, my Laughter, my Joy – I realized at a fundamental level that this Life is to be Lived!
Four years later I am now a Laughter Yoga Teacher & Laughter Coach. Being a Laughter Professional has been a life changing experience. I’ve learned to take life and myself less seriously, you see I’m hardwiring my brain for happiness, NOW!
The benefits of Laughter are enormous: it is a positive outlet for stress, allowing the immune system to work at optimum. Laughter increases blood & oxygen flow throughout the body, it also helps circulate lymph, which alleviates swelling in my right arm.
They say in order to be happy you should do something for someone else: I run Social Laughter Yoga Clubs, I offer Laughter workshops and trainings, I am passionate about connecting people with their own unique laugh. Laughter Yoga is practiced as an exercise, you see the body does not know the difference between real and fake laughter, so we start off by fake laughing and it soon becomes real & contagious. Laughter Yoga was started by Medical Doctor, Dr Kataria in India 1995 and is now practiced in thousands of clubs in more than 74 countries around the world.
Am I saying that Laughter cured my Cancer? NO! Laughter and a sense of humour helped me through Chemo – Laughter takes your mind off the disease so that the body and the treatments can do their job.
I have found that it is about the quality of my life that is important and being happy, filled with joy and laughter adds a great quality to life.
Norman Cousins in his book, Anatomy of an Illness reminds us that Disease is a great clarifier, we don’t get better just for the sake of getting better, we get better to do something ~ well, Laughter is what I do!
This blog was first posted on The Blog for Breast Cancer site, www.xxy.co.za
Also appears on Laughter Yoga International Blogs
“I found laughter yoga sessions an invaluable aid to lightening up and refocusing on what is important in life. Kate is a wonderful and caring coach who holds a lovely space to unfold. I especially enjoyed the daily ten minute telephonic sessions which, although often hard to do, were always worth doing as they set up the day! I highly recommend laughter yoga sessions with Kate to anyone wanting to take their transformational journey to the next level!”
Kiki ~Theo – Wealth Expansion Author & Facilitator
To find more about Laughter Coaching or to book your sessions, click here