On the move… new class location!

You can now find me at my newest laughing location: the 96th Street branch of the New York Public Library, at 112 East 96th.

Sessions will be at 5:30PM every Wednesday.

Professional Development for Teachers and other Educators

Stress and burnout are common for teachers and other school personnel. Limited supplies, low pay, large classes, unsupportive families and administrations that are bound by rules and regulations contribute to this. There have been walkouts recently in LA and Denver by teachers to protest poor working conditions and low wages.

Laughter Yoga NYC has been hired by principals in several NYC schools to work with their teachers and conduct laughter yoga sessions. Laughter yoga promotes stress relief and mood elevation as well as social connectedness.

In one school in Brooklyn, there were two professional development sessions on Election Day 2018 for all the teachers. A group of over 50 attended both sessions. In addition to the typical stresses facing educators, this group had lost a long time colleague recently to cancer. Grief was now added to their emotional profiles. While the sessions cannot eliminate the feelings of loss, laughter yoga is a great way to bring people together in an upbeat, cohesive place. It is an opportunity to become present in the moment and fill oneself with joy and preempt other nagging feelings, if even for a brief time.

The results were very encouraging. Two members of the group asked if they could participate in the next training to become a laughter yoga leader. The principal, who attended one of the two sessions was very receptive and positive and asked that LYNYC LLC return during the winter. Further, recommendations from this school were given to other schools and we will be returning to do Professional Development in a neighboring school in March.

In addition to the session, Laughter Yoga Professional Development for Educators includes instruction on helping their students with breathing exercises for children, and simple ways to encourage mindfulness for themselves and for their students.

Fun class at new location

We had a fun class in our new space at 2 West 46th Street, Suite 806, at the offices of Dr. Alex Eingorn.

New location!

From January 9th, Laughter Yoga NYC moved to amnew space at 2 West 46th Street, Suite 806, at the offices of Dr. Alex Eingorn. Class time will remain at 6pm.

Due to space limitations, the class size is maxed out at 10, including the teacher.

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Eingorn and his partners, there is no rental fee associated with this space, and therefore, the classes will be held free of charge as in the past.

Happy New Year! May 2019 be a joyous and healthy year to all of you, filled with love and laughter.

440 Lafayette Street is a wonderful space to laugh in. The building is all rehearsal studios and theatrical spaces. It is filled with young energy. Our room, 3F has a piano, lots of room and a good vibe. Hope to see you this Wednesday night, Thanksgiving eve.

Another New Space Found

We have yet another new space for our club!!! For the rest of November, we will be meeting at Playwrights Downtown, at 440 Lafayette Street in suite 3F! This is just below Astor Place. This is a rental space and classes will be $10 while we are here to cover the rental costs.

 

When our prior space at 825 Seventh Avenue became unavailable two weeks earlier than expected due to flooding, and our new space was not ready, our Laughter Yoga club met for two weeks in Central Park.

Through one of our members, we have found a temporary new space in downtown Manhattan in the Village at the Phluid Project community space. The Phluid Project is at 684 Broadway near 3rd street. It is near the following subway stops: for the 6 train, Bleecker Street, the N or R to 8th Street, the W 4th street station for the E or A. It is a nice large space and the store has a coffee bar for before or after class. Hope to see you there.

We will be here until our midtown space is ready, [unless it turns out that the downtown space is better for our members!] Thank you Phluid Project for letting us use your space.

Laughter Yoga in action!

We had a lot of fun at the last Laughter Yoga class on July 25th!

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Classes every Wednesday @6PM here.

From an interview with Dr. Kataria:

Laughter yoga helps remove the baggage of the past. It is like a psychological release of emotions. When you laugh without a reason you become more mindful, flexible and open.

 

 

 

Rowing and centipedes? Sure!

Few activities tap into your childlike nature more than laying on your back, crazily wiggling your feet in the air, and laughing! This is but one of the joyful exercises we practice during Laughter Yoga Leader training.

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A new group of laughter yoga leaders are here!

Spring heralds the arrival of new growth and laughter yoga!

On April 7th and 8th, five people trained with me to become Laughter Yoga Leaders. This group included people who wanted to deepen their own practice and start Laughter Yoga clubs, as well as people in healing professions who want to add Laughter Yoga to their  “tool bag of techniques.”

People flew in from Colorado and Tennessee to join the class. The class was phenomenal, intense and light-hearted. Two days of theory, laughter and practice, with yogic breathing and stretching mixed in left everyone feeling exhilarated, joyful and alive.

 

Yoga is connecting

As I always say, “yoga” means “to connect”.  It can be with God, with your own spirit, with Nature, or one of the other creatures who share our world.

Enjoy!

Looking back at December’s Laughter Yoga Leader Training…

As I always say, “yoga” means “to connect”.  It can be with God, with your own spirit, with Nature, or one of the other creatures who share our world.

Enjoy!

New Laughter Yoga Leader Training

To greet the spring, on April 7th and 8th, there will be a laughter yoga training in Manhattan. The class features 16 hours of instruction and hands on practice for an in-depth embrace of the practice. When complete, you will be prepared to lead your own groups.

For more information, contact me at lisa@laughteryoganyc.org or by text at 917-270-9508.

Snow is nothing to laugh about… or is it? Church laughter postponed to March 10th

Hillsdale is getting a late winter storm with an expected 6-12 inches of snow. Power outages throughout the county are rampant. To keep everyone off the roads and safe, the Laughter Yoga session originally scheduled for March 3rd will be postponed until March 10th at 3pm.

The session is free and donations are gratefully accepted.

 

Laughter in Church? You bet! Join me this Saturday 3/3

I was delighted to meet Pastor Mary Langley, who oversees both of the United Methodist churches in Hillsdale, NY (my home away from home). We agreed that Laughter Yoga would dovetail with her efforts to bring new programs and energy to the community.

So, my first Laughter Yoga class at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church is scheduled for this Saturday,  March 3rd from 10-11AM in the lower level.

This beautiful structure is located at 9310 Route 23, smack at the intersection with Route 22. Park and enter through the side door.

The Laughter Yoga class is free but of course any donation would be gratefully accepted.

 

New Laughter Yoga Leader Training announced for New York City

Celebrate the spring thaw with deepened laughter yoga practice. There will be a new laughter yoga training session on April 7th and 8th in Manhattan.

Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where we laugh without jokes, humor or comedy. We combine yoga breathing with stretching, clapping, moving and laughter exercises to increase joy, elevate mood, and create a deeper connection with our selves and with others.

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Laughter Yoga – Great Therapy For Depression

We are already aware that Laughter Yoga is a great exercise routine that alleviates depression and generates a positive mental attitude.

Here is a report of a psychiatrist in Michigan City, who gave due credit to laughter therapy, as being a major reason for his patient Tanaz Bambot to overcome depression and feel better. Read More

Four new Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders are born!

What a wonderful enriching experience it was- my first opportunity to use the skills i have been honing to teach people how to use the tools of this practice to create joy. Aided by one gentleman who was taking this as a refresher, and two other regulars from the Wednesday night New York City club, this weekend was a deeply moving connection to our higher selves and to each other.

We worked for two days straight, practicing and learning until we were ready. Thank you.

New! Leader Training coming up…

Recently back from training in India with the founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria, I have been featured on the Today Show and NPR. I am grateful for how teaching laughter yoga has helped me grow in confidence and has helped me meet many joyful new friends who share my passion for holistic healing. My focus is on helping people connect and use laughter to bring more peace, joy, and connection into their everyday lives.

I am glad to announce a Leader Training class!  All info is below but you must visit this Eventbrite link to register and pay.

Training Dates and Times
Saturday, December 9,, 2017, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm

***RSVP REQUIRED***
There are a limited number of spots in this training.

***Cost***
2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training Certification Program: $295
2-day Refresher: $100
Senior/Student rate: $150.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minimum age is 16 years old There are no maximum age limits.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Street Parking on the weekends is possible in the city, albeit limited. There are garages around. Public transportation is best, with nearby stops on the E, N,R,Q,1 trains.

What can I bring into the event?

You do not need mats or special clothing. Just bring yourself.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email me at Lisa@laughteryoganyc.org or call or text me at 917-270-9508

Taken From Laughter Yoga University

Laughter Yoga – Great Therapy For Depression

We are already aware that Laughter Yoga is a great exercise routine that alleviates depression and generates a positive mental attitude. Here is a report of a psychiatrist in Michigan City, who gave due credit to laughter therapy, as being a major reason for his patient Tanaz Bambot to overcome depression and feel better.

He said, in the beginning, he had no idea how laughter would help someone with bipolar depression and depression and like all practitioners, thought that it was just a good thing to do. But then he came across an article which said that laughter had the ability to change the chemistry of the brain. This surprised him and he started to research more about it because he thought it might be a great way to help those suffering from depression. Though there was medication, the patients always needed that something extra to reach a level of well-being, being happy and feeling good.

Laughter Yoga turned out to be a very interesting way of changing brain chemistry. He used it to help Tanaz recover and soon realized that the frequency of relapses declined after taking to Laughter Yoga. Even the level of well-being between episodes was tremendous and the response to medicine greatly improved. This left him extremely impressed.

His research showed that the place where laughter helps in the brain, where laughter happens in the brain, the movement of facial muscles and the understanding that something different is happening in the brain – all happens in areas in the frontal and the temporal lobe, which are the same areas where the research on depression is going on. If one takes an MRI, one can see that the same areas of the brain are affected by laughter that are affected by medication and disease. Hence, the great hope that Laughter Yoga will make a big difference in treating depression and generating feelings of well-being among such patients.