Laughter Yoga combines interactive laughter exercises with deep centering breaths and calming movements. Laughter Yoga is the happiest wellness program ever! It is a joyful way to connect with others and laugh your blues away. Laughter Yoga is a fun, effective stress relief program for all ages and abilities. It can be performed gently (in a chair if needed) or moving throughout the room with full energy and enthusiasm! Robert's Laughter Yoga Wellness programs bring people of all ages and backgrounds together with deep belly laughs, deep belly breaths and playful laughter games. His joyful laugh and playful spirit make it easy for everyone to join right in. Robert is an extraordinarily talented Laughter Yoga Teacher. He can lead a group of any size and make-up to spontaneous, highly contagious bursts of laughter!
Laughter Yoga has been recommended by important figures in the medical community such as Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil as a fun way to exercise and relieve stress. It has also been widely covered by the media including: TIME magazine, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the BBC, and the Oprah Winfrey Show!
"Laughter yoga combines laughter with yoga breathing exercises . . . It approaches laughter as a body exercise so it is easy to laugh even if you're depressed or in a bad mood. I've tried it, and it works."
- Oprah Winfrey
Laughter Yoga was Founded in 1995 by a Medical Doctor from Mumbai, India named Dr. Madan Kataria. Motivated by his research on the psychological and physiological benefits of laughter he started a Laughter club in a local park. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 7000 Laughter Yoga Clubs in over 100 countries.
How does Laughter Yoga work?
Most of the Laughter in a Laughter Yoga session is initiated in the group with full body laughter exercises, clapping, eye contact and youthful playfulness. The "simulated" laughter soon turns into real, spontaneous and contagious laughter that brings much more oxygen to our body and brain, lifting our spirits and carrying over into our work, school and social lives.
One of the most joyful sounds we humans make is laughter. Laughter links us, connect us, heals us. Laughter reaches beyond perceived barriers of age, race, gender, culture and language. We laugh in the same way around the world. Laughter Yoga is a worldwide movement that promotes health and peace through laughter. I am a part of this movement. My mission is to spread laughter, joy and positive energy around the world. ~Robert Rivest
"This was Excellent! I loved all the exercises and centering breaths". Jill F.
"Robert was wonderful! He makes you feel relaxed, welcomed and free of worries."Seth G.
"It was a fun way to connect with people. I loved interacting with everyone while laughing." Ann M.
"I feel great! It was fun, silly and my face hurts from laughing ha,ha." Mary D.
"Robert was very energetic and fun. He makes it very easy to lose yourself on the moment." Pete L.
"Try it, you will like it! You smile and laugh a lot. Katelyn A.
"I liked learning the 'Laughter scale' and some of the history and anatomy of laughing." Brittany J.
"Robert's enthusiasm is catching and his laughter was very contagious." Tara O.
"I liked the mix of laughter and meditation. I feel relaxed and happy." Natasha V.
Participants comments from Robert's Laughter Yoga Classes, Laughter Yoga Social Club, corporate " Laughter Breaks" and Staff Laughter Yoga for stress relief sessions.
Upcoming Laughter Training/Seminars/Events with Robert Rivest
January 23-24, 2016 Certified LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING & Refresher, East Longmeadow, MA
January - June Rivest National School Programs (K-12 Literacy, Health & Stress Relief)
February, 25 Mime, Movement & Laughter Family Fun Night, Swansea, MA
February 27 Laughter Yoga & Stress Relief, Westborough, MA
March 12 Laughter Yoga & Mindful Tai-Chi, Avon, CT
March 19-20 Certified LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING & Refresher, Hartford,CT
April 12-15 Virginia Literacy Tour plus fun Laughter events, VA
April 16-17 Certified LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING & Refresher, Fairfax, VA
April 23 Breathe, Move, Laugh & Play Your Blues Away, Westborough, MA
May 21-22 Certified LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING & Refresher, Westborough, MA
May 28-29 Certified LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING & Refresher, Bloomfield, CT
June - August, East Coast Library Tour
June 11-12 LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING & Refresher Florence, Oregon
June 18- MINDFULNESS, LAUGHTER YOGA & "The Next Level" (Robert & Alexa) Philadelphia, PA
July 22 Mime, Music & Mayhem Performance (Rivest & Briar) Southern, California
July 23-24 LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING & Refresher (Rivest & Briar), Laguna Beach, CA
July 30-31 LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING & Refresher, Brattleboro, VT
September 14-27 Robert Rivest Japan Tour!
17-19 September 2016: Kyoto 3 Day Robert Rivest Method Retreat
22 September 2016: Kyoto Robert Rivest 1 Day Seminar
23 September 2016: Nagoya Robert Rivest 1 Day Seminar
Spring 2017 Europe Tour (Germany, England, Italy, France . . .)
Please contact ROBERT RIVEST for more info on how to join these Fun Events!
Mindful Living Retreat Mount Kõya, Japan
Peace, Laughter & Joy seminar, Kyoto, Japan
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training Tokyo, Japan
Laughter, Expression/Mime & Tai-Chi seminar Tokyo, Japan
Led Laguna Laughter Club, Laguna Beach, California
Co-led Contemplative Play half-day retreat w/ Rebecca Foster, Johnston, RI
Co-lead Yoga, Tai-Chi, & Laughter Yoga w/ Lynne Miller to welcome new year Enfield, CT
Peace, Laughter & Joy - University of New Hampshire, Durham
Student & Staff Laugh Stress Relief - Amherst College. Amherst, MA
Laughter & Stress Relief Seminar University of North Carolina,
Peace, Laughter, & Joy Workshop Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Laughter Yoga & Stress Relief, Yale University, New Haven, CT
New Britain Museum of American Art, CT. Laughter Yoga for All Ages
Laughter Yoga for Geriatrics with Dementia, Hamden, CT
Mindful Tai-chi & Laughter Yoga for Seniors, Ludlow, MA
15 Laughter Yoga Leader Trainings @ Heartsong, East Longmeadow, MA
20-30 Staff Stress Relief Programs per year
40-60 Themed Library Programs per year for children, families and adults
120-180 Literacy, Health, Stress Relif and Comic Mime school assemblies per year
Spreading health, happiness, peace, laughter & Joy :)