the best medicine in these strange times

Laughter yoga, once again in the news!

Enjoy this excellent article by Pat Fitzpatrick from The Irish Examiner: Only When I Laugh: How Laughing Helps Your Health

photo credit: Irish Examiner

Down in the dumps? Laughing might be the answer

Elizabeth Gulino, a popular staff writer on health and wellness for Refinery29, took a look at my NYC Laughter Yoga classes. She nicely captured the fun side of the practice as well as the documented benefits to laughter.

Read her piece at

Harvard Business Review praises laughter

Click HERE for a terrific piece by Harvard Business Review  — “Laughter Will Keep Your Team Connected – Even While You’re Apart”.

Author J. Stewart Black discusses the impact of isolation and social distancing on our laughter. “Normally people laugh about 18 times per day. And 97% of that time we’re laughing with others — we are 30 times more likely to laugh with others than to laugh alone.”


Join us via Zoom ID # 707 108 1266 every Wednesday at 5:30pm!!


Good morning everyone;
I am glad I have this community to laugh with throughout our current situation. It can help us connect with each other and have some time and space to feel better.

Please use this link for upcoming meetings. Monday/Wednesday/Fridays at 5:30pm! See you there.Lisa Berman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Laughter Yoga NYC
Time: Mar 27, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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It’s a strange time

We are in the midst of history, unfortunately. These days are times we will hopefully look back upon and sigh, with relief that we transcended the challenges and grew even stronger. Now, however while we are in it, we must share our hope with each other. Laughter Yoga is designed for times of difficulties, forging community.

I, like the rest of humanity am learning how to use Zoom to replace our weekly in-person meetings as well as we can. In the meantime, take care of yourself. It is okay to go outside and get sunlight and fresh air. Get your sleep, drink water, eat healthy foods and find reasons to laugh. If there are no reasons to laugh, laugh for no reason. Just laugh!!!

We held our first Zoom laughter yoga class on Wednesday, March 18th. It went pretty well and we were 17 strong! We’re going to do it again every Wednesday at 5:30pm! See you there.

Lisa Berman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Laughter Yoga NYC
Time: Mar 27, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Wed,
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 707 108 1266

Donations accepted via Zelle, Paypal or Venmo to @Lisa-Berman-23

Hope to see you. If you are a laughter yoga leader, bring an exercise to share!

Join me!

We have been having so many laughs at our Wednesday evening sessions! Consider joining me, soon.

Every Wednesday, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM EST


New York Public Library

112 E 96th Street

New York, NY 10128

A short listen: Interview with Lisa

Journalism and sociology student at NYU, Alejandra Arevalo, recently interviewed me as part of a school project.

I think she did a terrific job — what do you think of this brief audio piece?

Thanks Alejandra!

Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

This will be a new experience: holding Laughter Yoga sessions at the Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival at Hunter Mountain, November 2 & 3 2019.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite, HERE. The Eventbrite and ticket link have lots of information about what is included for each different ticket type.

This brief video will whet your appetite. What a beautiful, serene setting with so many talented presenters, teachers and musicians. I hope to see you there!

Laughter Yoga in action!

I am excited to share this! I was interviewed, and they filmed some fun segments from my class. If you wanted to know what a Laughter Yoga class looks like, here you go!

Click here for brief video

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!

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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