LAUGHTER YOGA: Joyful Laugh Along Session 20 Minutes- Robert Rivest

Robert Rivest is a humorous, heart warming speaker, a talented health, literacy and stress management educator, a master mime artist and a gifted laughter yoga teacher and trainer.

His mission? Bring more joy to the world!

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Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
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Depression Help Through Laughter Therapy

Laughter Therapy For Depression

Depression is the number one sickness in the world and millions of dollars are spent on producing antidepressant drugs especially in the west where people feel lonelier and isolated due to high divorce rate, faulty relationship patterns etc.  Laughter Yoga is extremely therapeutic for depression as it helps to release certain neurotransmitters from the brain cells as well as help people to stay connected and share their feelings and emotions.

L.M. Montgomery

“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”  ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  • helps reduce depression
  • reduces anxiety
  • insomnia
  • helps you feel more joyful
  • improves self esteem
  • increases positives in your thinking
  • empowers, restores hope and energy
  • helps you connect with others in non judgmental way
  • and initiates powerful positive changes in our mind functioning and emotions
  • build community and trust

Laughter Therapy For Mental Health

A major causal factor of many illnesses is a person’s inability to express their feelings and emotions. People are afraid of reactions and conflict. As a result they suppress and hold their emotions which ultimately affect the immune system adversely leading to a variety of sickness. Laughter Yoga is a cathartic exercise which helps people release their blocked emotions in a non-violent way and makes them emotionally balanced. Bangalore research indicates that Laughter Yoga also helps to increase positive emotions and decrease the negative ones thereby promoting a healthy life.

Martin Luther

“You have as much laughter as you have faith.”  ― Martin Luther

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga is a moderate fun filled form of exercise, combined with yogic breathing and laughter.

Contrary to popular belief, Laughter Yoga has proved that one does not need a sense of humor, to laugh. Laughter can be learnt and programmed into the body, to bring about a complete transformation. Research has proved that just 10-20 minutes of fake or real laughter has a profound benefit on the human body. To be most effective this should be done often, even daily if you are willing. See Daily Laughter Videos.

It is generally believed that in the absence of humor, Laughter is almost unthinkable. But, we cannot always depend on a sense of humor to create laughter, since humor is a phenomenon of the Intellect, the Mind. Moreover, humor is unique to the individual, their culture, and it varies from person to person. There may be few reasons for us to smile and laugh, while there are many reasons for us to be sad, depressed and frustrated.

In fact, regular conditioning as we grow up, has led to undermining of emotional expression. If we notice, children are absolutely natural when they laugh. Their laughter is not dependent on any external stimulus like jokes, comedy or humor. Adults, on the other hand, learn the art of suppressing emotions for fear of being ridiculed or facing a conflict, which proves to be detrimental in the pursuit of physical and mental well being.

Laughter Yoga is a unique concept of Unconditional Laughter, according to this, anyone can Laugh for No Reason. It does not rely on jokes, humor or comedy. It initiates laughter as a form of an exercise in a group, and as the Laughter Sessions progress; Laughter becomes real and contagious.

The name, Laughter Yoga, is derived from combining Yogic breathing (Pranayama) with Laughter Exercises. This effective blend results in multiple health benefits, primarily increasing the supply of oxygen and boosting the immune system. It energizes and recharges the metabolism, making one feel fresh and energetic.

How to Laugh Without a Reason

The best part of Laughter is you really don’t need any “Reason” to Laugh….Just Start. Initially Laughing alone may seem awkward, but joining a Laughter Club makes it easy. It provides a platform which helps to break psychological barriers and shed all inhibitions. One can actually feel ‘fake’ Laughter turn into ‘real’ and contagious laughter.

Audrey Hepburn

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”  ― Audrey Hepburn

Come join us get over the blues, anxiety, insomnia.

Embrace fun, joy, laughter, child like playfulness.

Feel more alive again!

“Did I say you will learn to  laugh more day to day?” – Richard Taylor



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Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor


5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
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Robert Rivest 10 Minute Laughing Alone Many Laughter Types

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and Trainer, Robert Rivest leads a mini laugh alone workout *Follow along and enjoy a mini Laughter Yoga workout. Take breathing breaks as needed. If you are getting tired pause the video or do silent, less vigorous laughing. Try it alone at home or with friends, family or co-workers. This follow along practice session covers:
* Laughter Yoga Breathing,
* Light Laughter Stretching
* Energizing Laughter Yoga Exercises
* Laughter Yoga Meditation
• Stress Relieving Relaxation

“Laughter is a form of internal jogging.  It moves your internal organs around.  It enhances respiration.  It is an igniter of great expectations.”
–Norman Cousins

In Laughter Yoga Clubs, Laughter is joyfully simulated in a group with full body laughter exercises/games and childlike playfulness. The “simulated” laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter that lifts our spirits and carries over into our every day lives.

Attend a live local Laughter Yoga Class at Atlanta – Laughter – Yoga.

Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between laughter exercises and real laughter. Anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy and get the same physiological and psychological benefits (boosts immune system, releases endorphins, increases oxygen intake, decreases stress hormones, creates a joyful connection with others, and enables you to laugh more easily at life’s travails).

*Always consult your doctor before staring any exercise program. 🙂

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Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor


5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Laughter Yoga Alone 1

Laughter Yoga Alone

The History

As the Laughter Movement gained momentum, Dr. Kataria traveled to different parts of the world spreading the word of Laughter, and helping people to start their own Clubs. There were times when he traveled almost six to seven months in a year, which finally took its toll and he became very stressed out.

He started missing his moments with Laughter. It was then that he decided to do Laughter Exercises on his own. He tried a few exercises and continued experimenting different techniques every day.  He felt great, and the result was similar to what he got from Laughter Clubs.  Highly motivated, he started laughing alone for few minutes on a regular basis…


That was the beginning of Laughter Yoga Alone.

Laughing Alone confirms that Laughter Yoga not only heals when practiced in a group but also when practiced alone.

This exercise regime which comprises Laughter and Breathing Exercises is very beneficial to people looking for alternative methods to laugh daily and also for patients suffering from chronic ailments and for those unable to move and exercise. Especially, in the West where Laughter Clubs meet just once a week, this is an innovative way of practicing Laughter Exercises and reaping the same health benefits as from the Clubs.

Many Leaders and Teachers tried Laughing Alone and the results were positive. People loved this new technique of Laughing Alone that helped release their feelings and maintain steady health.

Willingness Factor

It is very important to have the willingness to laugh. This factor sets a positive frame of mind and helps the person to open up and willingly do Laughter Exercises. While Laughing Alone, try to put feelings in your Laughter which will enable you to fully express yourself and release suppressed emotions.

Have A Self-Dialogue

Do not judge the quality of your Laughter. Tell yourself it’s not about Real or Spontaneous Laughter. You are laughing and playing like a child only as a form of an exercise, which has scientifically proven benefits and gives more oxygen to the body to remain healthy. Appreciate and give yourself a pat each time you Laugh more and Without a Reason.

60-Day Formula

If you continue to do Laughter Yoga Alone 60 days it will become a new habit. The brain develops new circuits and the act becomes a part of your unconscious mind.

Laughter Is All About Playfulness

As Laughter is all about cultivating Childlike Playfulness, it comes straight from the body and does not make use of any intellectual capacity of the brain. This clearly indicates that the source of Laughter is within the body. Thereby, one can use it whenever necessary by moving the body at will. Even when alone, one can devise methods and exercises which help induce Laughter in the body, which will soon be followed by the mind.

Though Laughter Clubs are an ideal platform to cultivate this playfulness, one can also practice the exercises while alone. In effect, Laughing Alone is the easiest way to overcome psychological barriers and inhibitions. Once you learn to play, Laughter is a natural outcome.

Laughing Alone is a revolutionary technique that helps develop a positive conditioning of joy and bodily experience of Laughter by doing Laughter and Breathing Exercises over a period of time even without going to a Laughter Club. The brain develops new neuronal connections to produce happy neuropeptides and hormones in the body that can be triggered by the repetition of this physical action.

In NLP language, eliciting such a bodily reaction is called an “ANCHOR”. By performing a joyful anchor action with the body, the mind can experience the emotion of joy complete with the chemical reactions it triggers. Our body and mind can be trained to laugh at will. It’s like learning to ride a bicycle. Once learnt, you never forget it.

Every Person Is Different

There is no one way of laughing. People can develop their own comfort zone with different sounds and gestures and different postures which facilitate Laughing Alone. As each person is different, it is important, that you create your own exercises and develop new ideas to discover what works best.

More and more people are enjoying Laughing Alone.  In fact, there has been quite a significant success in techniques that are playful, amusing and motivating. Once you start laughing and playing you become more creative.


Open Your Mouth Wider and Wear Loose Clothing

Don’t try to keep your jaws tight. Each time you do Laughter Exercises; open your mouth a bit wider to enable laughter from the belly.  If your mouth is tightly closed, laughter will come from the throat or the upper chest. Wear loose and comfortable clothes for Breathing and Laughter Exercises. The trousers should be tied below the naval and should not obstruct the abdominal movements. Try and avoid tight belts that restrict belly movement.

Duration and Ideal Time

Ideally one should spend 15 minutes each on Yoga Breathing and Laughter Exercises, with short breaks of relaxation. But you can begin with 10 minutes and gradually increase the duration. Laughter Yoga Alone should be ideally practiced the first thing in the morning as it will carry the cheerful mood and good feelings right through the day. If you don’t feel like laughing early in the morning, begin with some warming up and breathing exercises. This will help to charge the body and soon facilitate laughter. You can also do it at anytime of the day to boost your energy levels.

Warming Up Exercises

Before you start Laughter Exercises, you must do some warm up exercises like Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha, gibberish talking and tongue swindling and very good very good yeah are few bodily expressions of joy which you can practice. These exercises will be a lot more fun if you do them alone in front of a mirror. Do them gently in the beginning and gradually increase the intensity until you get comfortable with screaming with joy. You can change the pitch and tone of your voice to find your comfort levels.

Five Laughter Exercises for Laughing Alone

Here are some Laughter Exercises you can practice alone:

1. Fake It Until You Make It

The slogan of all Laughter Clubs is, ‘Fake it until you make it’. This is based on a scientific fact that even if you are faking a particular emotion, the body cannot differentiate between real and make belief emotions.

This is how we do fake Laughter Exercises which get converted to bouts of real laughter:

  • Try faking laughter by making different sounds of laughter Ha ha ha He he he he Ho ho ho…. and keep playing with these exercises. It is a kind of silliness. You will discover that you start laughing genuinely while hearing the absurd sounds of your own laughter.
  • Keep trying different ways of fake laughter sounds and you’ll find some of them affordable and amusing. Stick to them and practice it more and more.
  • Initially fake laughter may seem awkward but with repeated practice your body will get conditioned and the moment you start faking laughter it will get into the real laughter mode very quickly.

Voice Reinforcement Technique

Sound of Laughter

As children, we shout and scream to express ourselves fully, but as adults we have learnt to control the pitch and tone of our voice. As a result, we are not able to express our feelings to the fullest.

The freedom and expression of the voice affects the freedom of emotions in the mind and vice versa. This is the reason that everyone has a distinct sound of laughter which keeps on changing according to our state of mind and personality type. The way one laughs is a signature of one’s character. Since there is a two way link between the body and the mind, by opening up your voice and sound of laughter, you can bring about a change in your emotional expression.

Keep the following points in mind while doing Laughter Yoga exercises:

  • The purpose of laughter and breathing exercises is to prolong the exhalation in order to empty the lungs out completely. This will help to inhale deeply and get more oxygen flowing into your body. While doing laughter exercises, try to keep on laughing until you run out of breath. This will remove the residual air from the lungs.
  • While laughing alone, keep your chin up as it becomes much easier to laugh if you are looking upwards. It makes the respiratory tract straight and facilitates the flow of air.
  • Spreading your arms out and looking upwards creates a happy body language. Because of the body mind link, this happy posture leads to release of happy chemicals in the brain.

Voice Reinforcement Helps Bring Laughter Easily.

You can try this technique in two ways:

a) Take a long breath and start saying Haaaa Haaaa Haaaa Haaaaa Haaa five to seven times. Then try to laugh and keep laughing until you run out of breath. Keep in mind that the sound of Haaaaa Haaaaa and laughter should continue within the same breath so as to empty the lungs out completely.  In the beginning it might feel a bit awkward but soon you’ll start getting bouts of real laughter.

b) Use the vowel sounds Aeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and prolong it while raising your arms over your head. Keep your chin up and laugh ha ha ha ha Repeat the same with Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa……and Ooooooooooooooooo…………  Do it five to six times and take a few deep breaths in between.

Voice Reinforcement Techniques are best performed while standing but you can also do them lying down. Some people find it easier to laugh in this position, as bringing the knees towards the chest helps to expel the air easily.

Childlike giggling is also a great way of doing Laughter Yoga exercises alone.

2. Breath Holding Technique

Take a long breath, raise your arms over your head and hold your breath while stretching the spine backwards.  As you try to hold the breath a little longer, you will burst out laughing. It builds up pressure inside the lungs and facilitates laughter and gradually the brain develops new connections of combining breathing, stretching and holding the breath with laughter. It becomes a conditioned reflex. You can easily do it alone at home because it has been programmed into your body.

A New Variation

Another variation of this technique is to keep your eyes closed and take a long breath. Try to hold it as long as possible and hold the urge to laugh. In your anticipation of laughter, you will really burst out laughing.  In the beginning do it deliberately or pretend to laugh but soon you will experience the real feelings and laughter will be more spontaneous.

3. One-Meter Laughter

It is preferably done in a standing position but can also be done while sitting. Stand with your feet a little apart and take both your hands to the left. Then slide one arm over the other and stretch it to the opposite shoulder as in measuring one meter piece of fabric. There are three stages as you do this: First is when you touch the elbow while sliding, second is when you reach the opposite shoulder and the final position is when you stretch both your arms, push your chin up, open your mouth a bit wider and laugh heartily.

This technique helps the movement of he diaphragm and allows laughter to flow easily straight from the belly. It has a cathartic effect you can release all pent up emotions and feelings and experience a sense of joy and freedom.

4. Aloooha Laughter

Derived from the traditional Hawaiian greeting it is very stimulating and provides for a better circulation as the body movements facilitate an improved supply of blood to the brain. If practiced alone it also give you freedom of space to share moments of laughter all by yourself, thus giving you a feeling of well being and joy.

It is ideally performed in the morning, right after you wake up, straight on the bed. Sit on your knees and place some cushions in front of you. Raise your arms, push up your chin and start saying a pronged Aloooooo in a crescendo. Then end it by saying a loud Haaa and laugh heartily. Go down as you do this and dig your head into the cushions—carry on laughing and don’t stop if you’re enjoying it.

As you dig into the cushions you can also cover your head with your arms and continue to laugh. This helps in the flow of air and lots of of people find it very stimulating. They even go hysterical and laugh longer to experience a total feeling of release.

This can also be performed while standing. Just raise your arms , put up your chin and say Aloooo in a crescendo. End it with saying Haaaa and laughing out loud.

This exercise should not be attempted by people suffering from positional vertigo as they might feel giddy on bending down.

Also remember to pad your bed well with cushions so that you don’t hurt yourself as you bend down.

5. Holding Your Knees Laughter

This exercise helps facilitate the upward movement of the diaphragm by pressing the abdominal muscles. It also helps to increase the blood flow to the brain thus improving the circulation. It involves simple steps of pulling in the knees and releasing them as you exhale and inhale.

  • Lie down on your back, hold your knees together with both your hands and slowly bring them closer to your chest.
  • While doing this, push your chin upwards and keep your mouth a little open and exhale. This helps to straighten the respiratory tract and allows better and free flow of air.
  • In the next step, release your knees and inhale while taking in deep breaths.

How Do We Use this Technique in Laughter Yoga Alone?

As you bring your knees closer and push your chin upwards use the sound reinforcement technique of laughter. Say a prolonged Haaaaaaa in a crescendo and then start laughing. Take a few deep breaths in between the bouts of laughter.

While laughing you can either keep your eyes open or closed depending on whatever makes you more comfortable and helps you laugh easily.

Continue with different applications Of Laughing Alone 2

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Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor


5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

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