Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader! Join Patrick Murphy Welage for this amazing 2 day training and certification. Laughter Yoga is a fun-filled participatory and experiential event! It includes movement, light stretching, breathing exercises, and laughter exercises - all leading up to a laughter yoga meditation, where all participants laugh uncontrollably for 15 minutes or longer!
Laughter Yoga Is
Laughter Yoga is physically-oriented technique that uses a perfect blend of playful, empowering and otherwise "tension-releasing" simple laughter exercises, interspersed with gentle breathing and stretching exercises, rhythmic clapping and chanting of Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha in unison. This is done as a way to improve health, increase well-being, and promote peace in the world through personal transformation. In Laughter Yoga, you use laughter as a tool, not an emotion.
These exercises last about 20 to 30 minutes and are adapted to suit the needs, abilities and motivations of the group participating.
Dr Madan Kataria was the first one to discover and make use of the fact that anyone can laugh for 15-20 minutes without depending upon a sense of humor or comedy. No joke: as of July 2009 there were over 6,000 Laughter Clubs worldwide, in 60 countries, and counting 1,000,000+ members (who's counting??!!!) and growing everyday!
Because it does not rely on the mind at all, Laughter Yoga helps you to easily distance yourself from your fears, sadness, worries, self-defined limitations, etc. As a result you do not need to be happy, have a sense of humor, or even have a reason in order to laugh. Laughter Yoga bases itself on the philosophy of “acting happiness”. We “simulate to stimulate”. In time fake laughter becomes genuine and flows out like a fountain. It works, if you allow it to work.
Laughter Yoga crosses all barriers: age, gender, language, culture, physical abilities, race, religion, political beliefs, etc. Laughter is part of the universal human vocabulary. All members of the human species understand it. No Hidden Agenda!
Laughter Yoga is
The therapeutic value of Laughter has been thoroughly and scientifically researched in the past 40 years, and its physical benefits proven beyond the shadow of a doubt.
The first scientific research on Laughter Yoga was done in 2003-2004 in Graz University, Austria, by Psychologist Dr Ilona Papousek.
Dr. Lee Berk (World expert in the field of Psycho-Neuro-Immunology) and his research team at Loma Linda University, School Of Public Health, in California have recently started a major and multi-study research project specifically on Laughter Yoga. The aim of this scientific research is to qualify and quantify the impact of laughing for no reason on the human body as well as stress levels.
A word of caution: laughing is serious matter!
Too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. You cannot laugh too little, but you can laugh too much and put your body into distress. Laughing is a powerful form of exercise that gives you more of a cardiovascular workout than many "regular" aerobic activities. A typical Laughter Yoga session lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. Anything beyond 30 minutes is in the red zone and may adversely affect a lot of people, especially seniors. Use your common sense: no strain, no new pains. Honor your body. Honor your spirit. Honor yourself.
Upcoming Training Dates
2-day training: Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
March 16-17, 2013
For early registration (2 weeks prior to the start of the training or before): $300
For late registration (2 weeks from start of training or after): $350
For more information, you can visit www.worldpeacelaughter.com