The Yoga Of Laughter: From Stressed Out To Blissed Out!

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Has life become too serious for you? Do you find yourself going days or weeks without laughing?

I certainly used to. I was in a job I hated and that filled my head with negativity and my body with rigidity.

In 1998 while in Mumbai, India, I read a newspaper article about a group of people that gathered every day in a nearby public park to laugh. It piqued my interest because they shared no jokes and didn't use any form of comedy. Instead they laughed purely for the sake of feeling good, just because.

I was puzzled but chose not to go and investigate. It would have taken a full one hour, and I was too busy complaining I was too busy. I mean, why would sane adults do this anyway? What was the point? This was ridiculous and they had to be crazy. Anybody can laugh like that. Ha ha ha. Done.

I quickly forgot about it all, and was so convinced I could laugh anytime anywhere that it took me 6 years to realize that I never did.

Eventually my heart took me back to Mumbai and its laughter clubs. I learned to laugh every day as a yogic practice using an exercise regime created by a medical doctor in 1995 called Laughter Yoga. This was a big turning point for me. I discovered how good laughing could make me feel and how easy it was to laugh, even when everything in my life seemed to be going astray. It was so profound that it triggered a cataclysmic reaction in my brain. The mask fell. I stopped being who I thought I should be and started being who I really wanted to be. I learned to always take full responsibility for my actions and how they made me feel. This did not change my life. It still is much better than that. It changed me.

The more I practiced and taught this exercise regime, the more I discovered complementary techniques that help to bring joy into everyday life. I also started to understand the underlying wisdom from both the East and the West that all these techniques pointed to. In time I combined this knowledge into a method that I call Laughter Wellness. It includes the Laughter Yoga approach of simulated laughter exercises, and expands its approach by offering a clear process that is easy to follow, and adding a greater variety of techniques and activities, insights, games, dances, songs and more – all glued together with lots of laughter.

What's in it for you

This introductory course will introduce to you the founding principles and key techniques of Laughter Yoga and the Laughter Wellness method, and how they can help you as an individual laugh more (we won't go into how to teach group sessions).

  1. It will remind you of the scientifically proven benefits of laughter. These are still best summarized by the quote in King James Bible "A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones." (Proverbs 17:22)
  2. It will help you remember how easy it is to laugh, and how good it can make you feel. You will learn many ways and techniques to create and maintain a personal and daily laughter practice.
  3. It will show you how to use laughter as a skillset to maintain a positive attitude even in the face of adversity, and redefine stress as a challenge, not a threat.
  4. It will share valuable insights on how to best use the power of your mind with the actions of your body to add more laughter and joy into your life, as well as become a better version of who you are.
  5. It will share valuable insights on how to achieve a healthy, happy and successful life from the ancient wisdom of Yoga and modern scientific findings from the world of positive psychology.

Course requirements

No particular equipment, clothing, or physical abilities are required.

What your personal history is doesn't matter. Who you are now is perfect and most appropriate.

All can practice and benefit, with or without limbs, because this method revolves primarily around the breath and attitude (it's of course going to be more fun if you have limbs because these allow for more movements.)

All you need is a big smile and the willingness to try something new that only adds and doesn't take anything away. This is a "yes, and" approach to life, not "yes, but."

My goal is not to persuade you of anything, but rather to make you conscious of what is available to you. As Zig Ziglar once said, "no man is clever enough to remember everything he knows." There is always value in being reminded of what's important.

Structura cursului

SECTION 1: Introduction
Lecture 1:
Laughter, yes! Pain, no.
Lecture 2:
WIIFY: What's In It For You
Lecture 3:
How this course is organized
Lecture 4:
How to best benefit
Lecture 5:
60 seconds of silence
Lecture 6:
Ready, set, go!
Lecture 7:
Participate in a group laughter session
Lecture 8:
About Sebastien Gendry

SECTION 2: Framework
Lecture 9:
Why should we laugh?
Lecture 10: How can we laugh more? (14:43)
Lecture 11:
Motions create emotions
Lecture 12:
Playful, not silly
Lecture 13:
The link between laughter and Yoga
Lecture 14:
Importance of sincere enthusiasm

SECTION 3: Happiness is a skillset
Lecture 15:
Happiness is a skill than can be learned
Lecture 16: Important reminders before we laugh together (07:00)
Lecture 17: 1-1 practice session #1 (22:51)
Lecture 18:
The Ha Ha Mantra
Lecture 19: Laughter and tears meditation (38:31)

SECTION 4: Empower yourself through your thoughts
Lecture 20:
What do you really want?
Lecture 21:
Change your questions, change your life
Lecture 22:
How can I do this differently?
Lecture 23: 1-1 practice session #2 (32:23)
Lecture 24:
How long can you go without complaining?
Lecture 25:
Yes, and
Lecture 26: Always say yes (48:51)

SECTION 5: Empower yourself through your environment
Lecture 27:
What do you feed your mind?
Lecture 28: 1-1 practice session #3 (23:54)

SECTION 6: Practice laughing alone
Lecture 29: How to laugh alone (49:12)
Lecture 30:
The Five Laughing Tibetans
Lecture 31:
The Chakras Laughter Meditation
Lecture 32:
Gibberish and let-go
Lecture 33:
More solo laughter exercises ideas

SECTION 7: Wisdom of Yoga
Lecture 34:
How to achieve health and happiness

SECTION 8: Science of happiness
Lecture 35:
Science of happiness
Lecture 36:
Happiness exercises

SECTION 9: Jest for the fun of it
Lecture 37:
How humor can help you

SECTION 10: Playing
Lecture 38:
Why playing is important
Lecture 39: Theory of play (53:42)
Lecture 40: The playful path: finding fun in the daily game (7 pages)
Lecture 41:
Fun Games

SECTION 11: Singing
Lecture 42:

SECTION 12: Dancing
Lecture 43:
Lecture 44: Joy Moves! The Laughing Meditation (37:49)
Lecture 45: Sarito Sun - Laughing as celebration and meditation (36:21)

SECTION 13: What's your plan?
Lecture 46:
What's your plan?
Lecture 47:
Don't break the chain

SECTION 14: Next steps
Lecture 48:
Next steps