Easiest way to reduce stress? Laugh it off!
As a certified Laughter Leader trained by Sebastien Gendry, founder of The American School of Laughter Yoga, Ron has launched Clark County’s first Laughter Therapy program (Club) for adults: VANCOUVER LAUGHTER YOGA. Ron has facilitated Laughter Club in memory care facilities throughout Vancouver, WA since 2010.
Through individual Laughter Therapy and Laughter Clubs, the health benefits for all are catching on. Laughing is one of life’s greatest joys and when we laugh we feel energized and refreshed and ready to take on the world. Laughing unites people of every race, religion and nationality and allows friendships to form where none previously existed. There are many forms of laughter and all these moments of laughter help us get through to the next moment in our already hectic lives. Rarely do we find enough time to laugh during an average day.
Benefits of Laughter Therapy
Did you know that research shows that laughter:
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves breathing and arterial blood flow
- Improves digestion
- Better sleep
- Adjusts blood pressure & blood sugar
- Relaxes muscles
- Burns calories
- Reduces pain
- Helps people get along better
- Relieves stress, depression, anger & anxiety
- Improves work performance
Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand ~ Mark Twain
Laughter Therapy originated in India where laughter clubs are a part of everyday life. This concept of laughter for health was pioneered by Dr. Madan Kataria (a surgeon) who is a proponent and teacher of various laughter/ healing/ health methods. Sebastien Gendry is the C.E.O. of the American School Of Laughter Yoga, the oldest and largest provider of Laughter Yoga education in North America. A passionate and charismatic individual he played a major role in helping introduce Laughter Yoga in the USA. He is also one of the top leading Laughter Yoga experts in the world. He served for 2.5 years (2005-2007) as World Operations Director for Laughter Yoga International and will be, together with 2 of his students, the first Master Laughter Yoga Teacher after Dr Kataria to train Laughter Yoga Teachers (trainers of trainers) as of 2011. He was the first to introduce Laughter Yoga in Russia in 2008. Now laughter clubs are popping up in communities all over the world and thousands of people are reaping the benefits of this unique and fun system of health. Please link to our Facebook Page for ongoing schedules and locations for our Laughter Clubs around Vancouver, WA.
Laughter Therapy Workshops
Laughter Workshops are incredible and provide light to moderate laughter exercise for mental & physical flexibility, enhanced performance at work, mood regulation, stress reduction and attitude boost. In other words, a real therapeutic ally. This extremely fun, educational and energizing workshop will leave you feeling electric and ready to face the challenges of every day life. The program works well in corporations, schools, senior communities, long term care and hospitals, workplaces, fitness centers, and support communities, libraries, and public parks. A typical group participating in a laughter workshop is between 5-25 people, but can be larger. Our workshops are a safe, non–judgmental and comfortable place to express yourself and laugh out loud. If you love to laugh then this is for you!