Saturday, February 28, 2009

Laughter--The Best Medicine!

New Spring 2009 Laughter Class,
"Laughter--The Best Medicine"

This new course, being offered under the auspices of Amherst Leisure Services, is called "Laughter--The Best Medicine". It is the first time anything like this has been offered in the Pioneer Valley and it's going to be so much fun!This will be a 6-weekSpring course commencing April 14thand will be held at the Munson Library in South Amherst (which is easily accessed from Northampton and Hadley via the back roads or Rt. 116). You will need to register for the course in advance and pay a nominal fee to Amherst Leisure Services. To register, call 413-256-4065 or visit their website, for more information.

Description of the Course

In "Laughter--The Best Medicine" you will experience first-hand the joy of playfulness and the liberation of laughing for no reason in a safe, supportive environment. Laughing for no reason is a healthy activity which reduces stress, improves health, and fosters community and positive relationships! You will learn more about and directly experience the many emotional, physical and psychological benefits of laughter through Laughter Yoga which is a system of gentle yogic breathing and group laughter exercises which helps to elicit spontaneous laughter.

In 6 energizing sessions, we'll do plenty of laughing, engage in lively discussions and experiential learning activities. We'll use Laughter Yoga, video, audio, demonstration, group activities, games, journaling, creative movement, meditations and "laughter homework". You will complete the course ready to integrate more laughter and other stress-relieving techniques into your life. Go ahead--laugh for no reason!

This class is inclusive and accessible to people 15 and over, regardless of level of physical ability. We offer our course as fragrance-free and wheelchair accessible. Please join us for 6 weeks of fun, friendship, learning and laughter!

Laughter Resources

Our Meetup site is where you can check our calendar of events, RSVP (optional), and join discussions:

Please see our new laughter blog, Laughter Incorporated!

For many more laughter resources and to find Laughter Yoga in the USA as well as in more than 60 countries around the world, visit the international website:

Fun snow play, the free laughter of free spirit Robin

I wish to introduce you to a truly happy and inspiring person. I first "met" Robin while stumbling onto this Youtube video of her laughing in the snow. There is a funny follow up to it on her blog of her brother going outside to try to have a similar good time, but utterly failing! If you need a source of inspiration, check Robin and her fun, fab blog out! Ho HO ha ha HA!


Here is a brief reenactment of a touching true story. Enjoy!