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Laughter Yoga Leader Training

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“It has been my observation that people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

~Abraham Lincoln
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Benefits of Laughter Yoga Leader Training

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A Laughter Yoga Leader brings people together to laugh as a practice for relieving stress and stepping back from life to gain a fresh perspective.

Laughter Yoga has become a worldwide movement that includes thousands of weekly groups in dozens of countries.

Madan Kataria, MD, started the first laughter club in India in 1995. Through his research, Dr. Kataria discovered that the mind does not know how to differentiate between fake and genuine laughter—either way, it produces happy chemistry. Consequently, people don’t need to feel happy nor rely on humor, comedy, or jokes to benefit from laughter.

The Laughter Yoga technique blends:

  1. Yogic deep breathing
  2. Stretching
  3. Simulated laughter exercises
  4. Cultivated child-like playfulness

Essentially people come together to laugh for no reason at all, other than to experience the physical, emotional, mental and social benefits of laughter.

What do Laughter Yoga Leaders do?

Laughter Yoga Leaders are charged with guiding the activities and overseeing the well-being of the group.

The Laughter Yoga Leader training teaches:

  • The physiology of laughter and its many health benefits
  • How to start and run laughter yoga groups
  • Special techniques for diverse populations
  • How to use and teach laughter as a coping skill and life skill
  • Structure, norms, counter-indications, and logistics of a laughter yoga club

Who Should Attend

This training enriches the lives of anyone who could benefit from laughing more at life and themselves and with others. If you are a busy, stressed out or just plain old serious person or professional Laughter Yoga could help you lighten up and laugh at life a little more.

We have trained:

  • Health and fitness teachers
  • Management professionals
  • Medical professionals
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Eldercare workers
  • Life coaches
  • Complementary therapists

If you want to lighten up and experience the benefits of laughing at life, perhaps Laughter Yoga Leader Training is for you.

Objectives
As a participant, you will be able to:
  1. Understand the scientific research and physical, mental, and emotional benefits of happiness, laughter, and Laughter Yoga
  2. Understand how to use and teach simple exercises and techniques – including deep breathing, meditation, visualization, relaxation, and playful activities to increase joy and health and decrease stress
  3. Organize and lead laughter programs for individuals and diverse groups including healthcare staff and patients, seniors, children, and corporations.

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Laughter Yoga Leader Certification

Participants who successfully complete the training receive a Laughter Yoga Leader Certificate. This certificate acknowledges their competencies in:

  • Understanding the Laughter Yoga concepts
  • Proficiency in the techniques of laughter
  • Embodiment of positive emotions
  • Respect for themselves and everyone who is present

Requirements for Certification

In order to receive a certificate as a Laughter Yoga Leader, participants are required to attend a 2-day training consisting of a minimum of 8-hours per day.
Participants will be invited to re-connect via an optional one-hour teleconference approximately one month following the training. During the call, participants will give an update on their own laughter practices, report their progress to establish a laughter yoga group. And, of course, enjoy some laughter.

Additional requirements:

  • Participate in the spirit of fun, collaboration, and cooperation
  • Attend both days
  • Be on time
  • Make the facilitator aware of any special needs
  • Be playful and experimental
  • Take responsibility for your own experience, physical needs, safety, and learning
  • Support others by being attentive and cooperative when they ask questions or lead the group
  • Communicate upsets and concerns immediately to the facilitator and/or to the persons involved
  • Agree not to teach these Laughter Yoga leadership methods to others
  • Agree not to disseminate the Laughter Yoga Leader Training materials for others to teach

Program Materials

The focus of the Laughter Yoga Leader Training course is primarily experiential where participants learn, practice and lead Laughter Yoga exercises and facilitation techniques. Additional learning methods include a training/resource manual, video, field practice, program design, and follow-up accountability.
  1. Video will be used to demonstrate Laughter Yoga group facilitation.
  2. Participants will also receive a comprehensive training workbook that includes:
  • Introductory Techniques
  • History of Therapeutic Laughter and Laughter Yoga
  • Concepts and Principles of Laughter Yoga
  • Benefits of Laughter and Laughter Yoga
  • Guidelines in Leading a Laughter Yoga Session
  • Laughter Meditation
  • Grounding/Relaxation
  • Solo Laughter
  • How to Start and Promote a Laughter Group
  • Leaders’ Code of Ethics
  • Laughter Exercises
  • Laughter Yoga Information and Liability Release
  1. During the training, participants will lead exercises, meditations, and relaxation techniques, and practice introducing the Laughter Yoga concepts.
  2. Participants will create a design and implementation plan for a Laughter Yoga group at their worksite or community center.
  3. Participants may participate in a one-hour teleconference approximately one month after the training to laugh, discuss their progress, receive updates, and give and receive support. (Optional)

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Here’s what the founder of Laughter Yoga has to say:

Laughter helps us cope with challenges and conflict better because it gives us a better perspective. Issues appear to be less overwhelming. Laughter allows us to stand about an issue, acknowledge it, and treat it lightly. We become aware that we are touched by the issue, but not contained in it.

~Madan Kataria, MD, Founder of Laughter Yoga

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