Saltburn District

Laughter Yoga

Impact of Coronavirus - please note this group is suspended until further notice. Please check the SDU3A website regularly for updates. Thank you.

Meets: Mondays, 11.45am-12.45pm, weekly

Venue: Earthbeat Centre, Saltburn

Group Leader: Jan Turner

Further Details: Send a message using contact button

Laughter Wellness (Yoga) is a fantastic way of keeping fit and healthy. It began in a park in Mumbai in 1995, led by medical Doctor Madan Kataria with just 5 participants and is now international, with over 10,000 laughter clubs in 100 different countries. Laughter is used as exercise, not dependent on humour or comedy. ‘We are not laughing because we find something funny or that we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.’ Laughter Yoga is based on the principal that your body doesn’t recognise the difference between simulated and genuine laughter. The chemicals that are produced assist both physical and emotional wellbeing. The impact on physical and mental wellbeing is underpinned by research. Participants in Jan’s groups have reported improvement in managing depression, COPD and asthma, pain management, hypertension, confidence and resilience.

Laughter sessions start with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, playing with laughter sounds, clapping and body movement. These help break down inhibitions and develop feelings of 'childlike playfulness'. These exercises, when combined with the strong social dynamics of group behaviour, lead to prolonged and hearty genuine laughter. Laughter exercises are interspersed with yoga style breathing exercises.

Jan Turner has over 20 years’ experience in counselling and adult learning, with Post Graduate Qualifications in Family Therapy (Leeds) and Solution Focused Therapy (Birmingham). A Certified Laughter Leader, Teacher and Therapist e.g. Leader Training and Laughter Therapist (United Mind). Designated Safeguarding Person in Baptist Union

No yoga mats or lycra required. Just an open mind! Contact Jan 07806781943 for any further information.

Saltburn group- Monday, 11.45-12.45 YogaSpace, Earthbeat Centre Saltburn

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