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.
On Sunday, March 26, I am conducting a laughter yoga session at Gould Farm in Monterey, Massachusetts.
Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health and related challenges move toward recovery, health and greater independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care.
In a supportive community environment made up of residents, staff and their families, they help adults with depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia and other challenges begin to rebuild and regain their lives. Gould Farm offers a full continuum of care, with programs in both Boston and the Berkshires for those ready for new challenges and structured transition.
Laughter yoga emphasizes play. One hallmark of play is an absence of a self-critical mind. The play in laughter yoga provides social engagement, eye contact and a soothing sense of touch. It provides a glimpse at feeling open, vulnerable and safe simultaneously. This is a revolutionary feeling to own!
Laughter yoga helps soften the amygdala’s hold on an individual and anxiety is reduced. Maybe Gould Farm would like to do some ongoing work to see if there are discernible identifiable outcomes.