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.
Resent & Upcoming Laughter Training/Seminars with Robert Rivest
September 5-7, 2014 Mindful Living Retreat Mount Kõya, Japan
September 9, Peace, Laughter & Joy seminar, Kyoto, Japan
September 13-14, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training Tokyo, Japan
September 15, Laughter, Expression/Mime & Tai-Chi seminar Tokyo, Japan
October 4-5, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training, East Longmeadow, MA
November 6, Lead Laguna Laughter Club, Laguna Beach, California
December 13, Co-lead Contemplative Play half-day retreat w/ Rebecca Foster, Johnston, RI
Dec 29 Co-lead Yoga, Tai-Chi, & Laughter Yoga w/ Lynne Miller to welcome new year Enfield, CT
January 14, 2015
Learn, Laugh & Let Go program 6PM, E. Longmeadow, MA Library
February 4, Peace, Laughter & Joy - University of New Hampshire, Durham
February 5, Student & Staff Laugh Stress Relief - Amherst College. Amherst, MA
March 14-15 Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training, East Longmeadow, MA
March 24 “Comedy on The Move” 6:30 pm Whittemore Memorial Library, Naugatuck, CT
April 7-9, Laughter & Stress Relief Seminar University of North Carolina,
June 6, Peace, Laughter, & Joy Workshop Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
July 11-12, Laughter Yoga Leader Training, East Longmeadow, MA
July 3, 18, 24 Laughter Yoga & Stress Relief, Yale University, New Haven, CT
July 26, 1pm New Britain Museum of American Art, CT. Laughter Yoga for All Ages(Open)
August 1-2, LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING, Bethlehem, PA
September 12, Peace, Laughter & Joy, 1-4pm @ Be.Yoga, Avon, CT
December 12-13, 2015 LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER TRAINING Rivest & Briar, Laguna Beach, CA
Robert Rivest in Japan 2016 TBA
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