The contemporary version of Laughter Yoga was created by Dr. Madan Kataria, M.D., a Western-trained Indian medical doctor from Mumbai, who based his work on the research about the healing power of laughter that came out of the USA starting with Norman Cousins' back in 1979. Check out his website for more info about the healing benefits of Laughter Yoga. www.laughteryoga.org I trained with Dr. Kataria, who admires my work and endorses my LY dvd, which is used all over the world.
I trained hundreds of people to be Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders including medical professionals to use laughter in their work with patients at Osher Integrative Wellness Center at UCSF Hospital. I taught Laughter Yoga in diverse mental health, yoga, medical, eldercare and corporate environments and was a successful Key Note Conference speaker addressing the proven benefits of laughter throughout the US.
And now, I am here to lead Laughter Yoga for you and your group for a memorable, fun and authentically joyful event!
Laughter Yoga for Your Group
Fresh, uplifting, relevant and fun interaction leads to memorable celebrations with family and friends, in the workplace, or even for wedding parties!
Make your event memorable with a professional and fun Laughter Yoga session, guaranteed to leave your group feeling energized, oxygenated and relaxed. Everyone will get a chance to contribute a laughter exercise fitting with your group's theme. Bridal Parties love it as Rehearsal Dinner stress-reliever. So do families on vacation and folks at business meetings too!
Laughter Yoga is done seated, standing, and if space allows, moving about the room . . or the swimming pool. There are no jokes, but there is guaranteed laughter. We stretch, practice deep breathing, clap, shake hands with one another and practice fun laughter exercises. No jokes! Just joyful play and the healing exhales of hoho hahaha.
Laughter "Hasya" Yoga for Your Retreat or Yoga Teacher Training:
Celebrate the Anandamaya Kosha of Joyful Bliss!
Laughter Yoga, also known as Hasya Yoga ( Hasya is Sanskrit for "laughter') is an ancient practice which also has deep roots in Buddhism. Yoga teaches that we also have a "bliss body" known as the Anandamaya Kosha and there are many yoga poses and meditations dedicated to celebrating joy. I always include open-mouth laughter when doing Laughing Baby in my classes and people love it.
Long before neuroscientists and medical researchers discovered the astounding benefits of extended laughter for human beings, the ancient yogis knew that we are hard-wired for bliss! The evidence-based research for practicing loving kindness, compassion and joy shows that we not only change how our mind works, we actually enlarge our brain, in the right area, and lay down new neural synapses! I always share a bit of this scientific and medical info along with the yogic wisdom.
Yoga Retreat Groups delight in a reminder to "lighten up" with an integrated session of Yoga Nidra and playful Hasya Yoga. Hire me to bring a dose of joyful yoga to enliven your retreat and educate about the koshas.
Yoga Teachers in Training can benefit immensely learning more about bringing a sense of joy to their teaching to better understand the koshas. It also helps to create connection to laugh together..
Why I Laugh by Dalai Lama
"I am a Professional Laugher. I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher!"
Full Article: The Dalai Lama on Laughter and Compassion http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-10-24/dalai-lama-on-laughter-and-compassion
Carmela’s Interview on KRON TV, San Francisco Bay Area News with Henry Tenenbaum,
Carmela leading Laughter Yoga at a weekend training session with nurses from eight Los Angeles Hospitals.
Preview from Carmela's "Laughing with Older Adults" training dvd featuring Shirley, age 88.
Yoga for Anxiety and Panic Attacks taught at Osher Medical Center in San Francisco.
Carmela trained Dr. Lissa Rankin, OB/GYN, to be a Laughter Yoga Leader at UCSF Medical Center. Here she is leading "Mojo Laughter" encouraging women to revitalize their energy!
Kelly Ponzi, Yoga Teacher, expresses appreciation for Laughter Yoga.