Laughter Yoga – World Laughter Day and beyond…..
It’s THIS Sunday, 7 May 2017 ….. World Laughter Day.
An opportunity for everyone to join me and many people from the local laughter clubs to laugh together to promote World Peace. This initiative was started by Laughter Yoga Founder Dr Madan Kataria in 1998 to bring people together all around the world on the first Sunday in May each year. The sessions are FREE and will take place by the Hub Building (by the children’s playground) at Mary Stevens Park and there will be two 1-hour sessions. The first will be from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon and the second session from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm. Weather permitting, we may hold the sessions outside, otherwise, inside the Hub Building. Come along …. bring your family ….. bring your friends. ….. and bring your ‘chuckle’ muscles!
During the week following there will be two Laughter Yoga Club sessions – Monday, 8 May 2017 from 7.00 pm at Wordsley Community Centre, The Green, Wordsley, Stourbridge, DY8 5BN. Then on Thursday, 11 May 2017 there will be another club session from 11.00 am at Mata Da Mandir Centre, 57 – 59 King Street, Dudley, DY2 8PX. No charge but donations help to cover room hire.
During April we were lucky enough to have Dave Berman from Daily Laughers visit the Wordsley and Dudley Laughter Clubs as part of his #helptheworldlaugh Tour whilst her was in the UK. Dave posts a laughter video on You Tube every single day since he started in January 2016. The videos can be 2 minutes or 12 minutes long and he interviews various laughter professionals from around the world or laughs with them at the end of their club sessions when he attends them. Here are the links to the Wordsley and Dudley sessions:
10-4-17 Dave Berman – Daily Laughers Day 466 (MM Wordsley) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTbHLpr1XP4&t=26s
13-4-17 Dave Berman – Daily Laughers Day 469 (MM Dudley) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkDQjElBOZs
He also visited another local laughter club in Kingswinford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKLupKwsC_M&t=23s
Coming up in June is National Laughter Week including LaughEngland Day, which falls on Monday, 5 June 2017. I shall be participating again in LaughBirmingham – Laughter Flashmob again in Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm on Monday, 5 June 2017, where we shall have a series of five 10-minute laughter flashmobs for anyone passing by to join in. Come along, bring a friend, bring a group of people and lets put smiles and laughter on faces in Birmingham.
The culmination of this week is the Laughter Conference and Festival, which takes place at Cabourne Parva, North Lincolnshire. For information see: http://www.laughterfestival.org.uk .
Friday, 30 June 2017 Laughter Yoga – Basic Skills Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 July 2017 Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
If you would like to participate in either of these opportunities, there are some ‘early bird’ charges you could take advantage of and booking is essential so that I can provide sufficient manuals and resources.
I’ll leave you with this quotation from Charlie Chaplin: ‘A day without laughter is a day wasted’.