Oct 272013
 

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Susan Baker and Alan Pattinson, certified Laughter Leaders, came back from a 3 day Laughter Yoga Conference with renewed enthusiasm for the health benefits of practicing laughter. Thus, they followed the lead of The American School of Laughter Yoga’s Sebastian Gendry and renamed the “Laughter Yoga” sessions “Laughter Wellness”.

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“In our western culture, the word ‘wellness’ is truly more indicative of the health oriented goal of a laughter session,” says Susan, “whereas the term ‘yoga’ is associated in our society with a particular form of exercise.” Laughter is good for the body, mind and spirit, releasing a flood of happy chemistry into your bloodstream and positively impacting your mood, cognitive abilities and physiological body systems.

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Laughing is good for you!

Laughing is good for you!

As a team, Alan and Susan lead dynamic sessions that are rooted in fun, not frivolity. There are no jokes, no comedians, and you really don’t even need a sense of humor to participate. No equipment is needed and no special clothing need be worn. The only requirement is the willingness to laugh. Fake laughter is encouraged initially, as in exercises using ‘Ho Ho, Ha Ha Ha’, but this is soon replaced by authentic laughs as the participants relax into the easiness of the simple exercises.

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If you have experienced stress this year you may have also had headaches, stomach upsets and depression. These are some of the short term effects of stress that studies show have steadily increased in the past 30 years. Exercise, sleep and diet play a huge roll in combating stress, but there is one more essential stress-buster: Laughter.

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Studies show that just 15 minutes of laughter is as good as 2 hours of sleep and as beneficial to your heart as 30 minutes of exercise, 3 times per week. Laughter increases circulation, and releases ‘feel-good’ hormones in the brain called endorphins, that are 10 times more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine. Laughing exercises your core and burns calories: just one hearty laugh burns 4 calories!!

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Laughter Wellness sessions begin November 2, and will be held every other Saturday until December 14th at Comox United Church, 250 Beach Drive in Comox at 10:30 am. The laughter sessions integrate simple Laughter Yoga exercises with the power of breath, movement, sound and more into an hour of fun that is a powerful tool in creating and maintaining good health.

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Laugh and be well, November 2, 16, 30, and Dec 14, at 10:30 am at Comox United Church. Donations appreciated to cover rent costs. More information at the Laughter Wellness website: http://www.InvokeLaughter.com
or call Susan at 250-890-0626.

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