LAUGHTER YOGA CLASSES IN ATLANTA

DISCOVER LAUGHTER YOGA

Due to the number of Laughter Clubs already in existence in Atlanta, I have decided to join their groups/clubs as my schedule permits.

 

BUCKHEAD

Third Tuesdays Free Laughter Yoga Circle
By Celeste Greene 678-596-6979
E-mail: celeste@laughteryogaatlanta.com

AKCROSSFIT
764 Miami Circle, Suite 208
Atlanta, GA 30324
( cross from Luna Restaurant ) off Piedmont Road, just north of Sidney Marcus Blvd.

 

NORTHEAST ATLANTA

Laughter for Everyone

Call to see if First or 2nd Wednesday of Each Month 7:30PM

By Jean Woodall 404-378-1673
Email: jeanwoodall@comcast.net

UUCA Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
1911 Cliff Valley Way NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Notes:
This club, running continuously since Oct ’05, is free and truely open to everyone. If the 1st Wednesday is a holiday, it meets the 2nd Wednesday. Check the tripod classroom assignment, as you enter from the parking lot. The parking lot may be accessed by taking the I-85 Northbound Access road between North Druid Hills Rd. and Clairemont Rd. This club was featured on 11 Alive News in 2006. Come let Jean help you get your Laughter Tune up.

 

ROSWELL, GA

Atlanta Laughter Yoga Club

3rd Tuesday 7:00PM FREE
by Joelle Moore 770-655-8802
Email: connectivenergy@yahoo.com

Marietta Health Foods
1522 Roswell Road NE
Marietta, GA 30062

 

ALPHARETTA:

Laughter for Wellness

3rd Saturday of every month – 2:30 pm

by Debbie Ellison  770-843-0940
Email: laughterforwellness@gmail.com

Spruill Oaks Library
9560 Spruill Road
Alpharetta 30022

 

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND: People from 7/8 years of age and up, Everyone, Seniors, teens, twenty somethings, wheelchair folks, people who bodies ache, depressed folks, humorous people, people with great laughs, the 30 year old folks, people who are happy, people who are sad, people getting married, people getting divorced, the 50 crowd, people who are angry, people dieing, people with immune disorders, people with anxiety, the 40’s, people with migraine headaches, got rheumatism or symptoms of neuralgia, have chronic respiratory conditions, 80 year olds, find yourself with too many negative thoughts, pessimist, optimists, Everyone.

WHO SHOULD NOT ATTEND:  Babies, Toddlers, Dogs, Cats;  If you have a medical condition please check with your Health Care Provider.

COST: Free. Small Laughter Love Donation appreciated at some of the clubs.

WHAT: Laughter Yoga (LY) is light exercise needing no special cloths, no equipment, no poses to learn. We laugh for no reason because we can. Laughter Yoga (LY) is a form of exercise to improve health, happiness and joy. Research and seventeen years of experience shows the body cannot tell the difference from fake laughter and real laughter. The laughter becomes contagious in a group and soon the stress oozes away. The more you engage, the more you get out of it.

WHAT YOU SEE: May look like a bunch of nuts laughing, pure craziness, but no one is allowed to just watch. You are asked to participate or wait outside or wait in the car. 17 years and 6000 laughter clubs in over 60 countries prove people have a great time and feel better coming as often as they can.

WHAT YOU MAY FEEL:  Silly, fun, child like playfulness, stupid, embarrassed, happy, joyful, happy, blissful, bright, warm inside, golden, halcyon, need to laugh more, don’t stop, riant, feeling mirth, infectious, cheerful, elated, joyous, bonded, sense of community, calm, peaceful, carefree, de-stressed, relaxed, energized, psyched. Did I say ” I feel good.”

COME JOIN US! ALL ARE WELCOME. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

HOW:

  • A brief introduction to Laughter Yoga
  • Go over five things to remember during the session
  • Then I tell and show what is going to happen. No reason to be nervous. It is all just plain fun.
  • We do some fun movements – no poses to memorize – you can choose to not do a certain movement – no new pain
  • We breathe, really breathe
  • We move
  • We clap
  • We chant some … HO, HO, HAA, HAA, HAA
  • And then laugh as best we can.
  • Things move along quickly so no one gets bored.
  • We usually do 10-12 different laughter exercises depending on time and group size.
  • You do not have to know anything about Yoga.
  • Most come in street clothes, or work clothes. A bathroom is available if you come straight from work and want to get casual. No yoga clothes are needed. Loose fitting clothes the best.
  • No mats, or special shoes. Some find they actually perspire.
  • We end with a Laughter Meditation like no other meditation you have ever done!
  • We get grounded
  • Then wrap up and done.

IF: Come with an open mind. The session is to help you leave your mind at the front door and to embrace child like playfulness and enjoy each moment for 45 minutes. If you do, you will find you have a great time and feel de-stressed and energized for the evening and the week ahead.

Monday was carefully chosen to help you emerge into the work week full of vitality.

BENEFITS ARE MANY

GOOGLE MAP DIRECTIONS

See you there ! – Richard

 

Director Richard Taylor CLYL
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

ATLANTA  – LAUGHTER –  YOGA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Web: www.Atlanta- Laughter- Yoga.com

Seniors – Institute For Aging Research

Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife

Today about one in eight Americans is older than 65 and this segment of the population is not only increasing, but also living longer than ever before.

Between 2010 and 2030 the number of adults older than 65 is expected to double, and life expectancy will be almost thirty years greater than a century ago. Worldwide, by the year 2050, the number of people older than 60 will outnumber children 14 years old and younger.

While advances in medicine and improvement in standards of living responsible for this change are all positive, what will these new found years mean for those who are living them, as well as the population as a whole? This question drives the research going on at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.

The mission of IFAR researchers is to maximize the functional potential and quality of life of adults as they age.

Institute for Aging Research

Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, the Institute for Aging Research is the largest gerontology and geriatrics research facility in the country based in a clinical setting.  Institute scientists work to discover the mechanisms of aging diseases and disability, which leads to the prevention, treatment and cure of disease, advances the standard of care for older people, and informs public decision-making. Their vision is to transform the human experience of aging by ensuring a life of health, dignity and productivity into advanced age.

From the Institute’s world-renowned musculoskeletal research, to the Aging Brain Center, to social research that measures the success of our systems of care at home and abroad, the Institute’s multidisciplinary aging research faculty, promotes scientific investigation that considers the complex relationship between biological, social and psychological factors that influence how well we can all live in old age now, and in the future.

Institute for Aging Research strength is the multidisciplinary nature of its faculty, which includes both social and medical research scientists.

Common age-related conditions:

  • falls
  • urinary incontinence
  • confusion
  • physical decline
  • depression are the result of multiple interacting factors such as multiple organ system abnormalities, drugs, social situations, and psychological problems.

Better understanding geriatric syndromes, and finding new treatments and preventions, requires the collaborative effort of a multidisciplinary team. In addition, the efforts of IFAR scientists are enhanced by Hebrew SeniorLife’s long-standing relationship with many academic institutions within Boston’s rich research community, including its affiliation with Harvard Medical School.

As a result of all of these qualities, the Institute for Aging Research has been able to attract outstanding National Institutes of Health-funded scientists. The results of their studies are regularly accepted for publication by leading peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Active areas of research include:

  • clinical geriatric syndromes such as falls
  • syncope (fainting)
  • delirium (acute confusion)
  • congestive heart failure
  • osteoporosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • resident assessment and care models in nursing homes
  • improving the quality of end-of-life care
  • the cost and quality of housing and community-based systems
  • organizational care models for seniors
  • the development of instruments to measure quality of life and functional outcomes
  • tools to better assess seniors at risk of cognitive and functional decline.

At its best, humor is a tool for maintaining perspective on life’s difficulties. The ability to laugh and enjoy the ironies and twists of the world around us is one of the great human coping skills.

Humor may be the best medicine against life’s trials and tribulations . . . but it may also have some health benefits, as well.

Experts at Hebrew SeniorLife say that humor-often in the form of a good, hearty laugh-can help the mind and body in several ways by:

  • Relieving physical tension and stress;
  • Boosting the immune system, including reducing stress hormones and increasing the activity of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies;
  • Releasing endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals; and
  • Improving blood flow and the function of blood vessels, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

In fact, a recent Vanderbilt University study showed that 15 minutes of laughing can burn up to 50 calories!

You don’t have to be able to tell a joke or funny story well to benefit from a healthy sense of humor. HSL experts suggest the following ways to maintain your sense of humor:

  • Avoid jokes that depend on stereotypes and denigration of others;
  • Learn to laugh at your own foibles before you point out someone else’s;
  • Watch a funny move or television show regularly;
  • Tell a good joke if you want to; if no one laughs, that’s their problem.

While scientists continue to study the health benefits of humor, studies have shown that we are 30 times more likely to laugh when we’re with other people. People who laugh a lot, researchers say, may just have a strong connection to the people around them, which, in itself, may have health benefits, including an improved quality of life. So, go ahead and have a good laugh.

Source: http://www.hebrewseniorlife.org/hsl-resources-humor

Laughter Yoga / Laughter Therapy is a system of moderate exercise with no yoga poses to learn, using pranayama yogic breathing with laughter for no reason that directly positively affects many of these areas of concern. Click For List Of Benefits

Richard Taylor, a Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader leads groups of Seniors in 30-45 minute Laughter Sessions that promote:

  • Community
  • Childlike Playfulness
  • Increased Sense of Humor
  • Positive Shift In Attitude
  • Relief of Depression through endorphin release
  • less colds with improved immune system
  • relieves stress
  • improves motor skills
  • Exercise – Even to those who cannot stand
  • oxygenates the body for less disease
  • lowers blood pressure
  • improves heart function
  • Creativity
  • Memory – Association
  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Left Brain-Right Brain Functioning
  • Overcomes Fear
  • Creates Meaning
  • Insomnia
  • The list is very long!

Richard Taylor offers Laughter Yoga Wellness Therapy for Seniors

Call or e-mail to inquire about our Senior Laughter Therapy Programs.

For mobile Seniors (anyone from 8-150 years old) attend a Free Laughter Yoga Wellness Class

One such study:

Effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognition and sleep among the community-dwelling elderly.

Source

Department of Family Medicine, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

AIM:

To investigate the effects of laughter therapy on depression, cognitive function, quality of life, and sleep of the elderly in a community.

METHODS:

Between July and September 2007, the total study sample consisted of 109 subjects aged over 65 divided into two groups; 48 subjects in the laughter therapy group and 61 subjects in the control group. The subjects in the laughter therapy group underwent laughter therapy four times over 1 month. We compared Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Short-Form Health Survey-36 (SF-36), Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) between the two groups before and after laughter therapy.

RESULTS:

There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between the two groups. Before laughter therapy, the GDS scores were 7.98 ± 3.58 and 8.08 ± 3.96; the MMSE scores were 23.81 ± 3.90 and 22.74 ± 4.00; total scores of SF-36 were 54.77 ± 17.63 and 52.54 ± 21.31; the ISI scores were 8.00 ± 6.29 and 8.36 ± 6.38; the PSQI scores were 6.98 ± 3.41 and 7.38 ± 3.70 in laughter therapy group and control groups, respectively. After laughter therapy, the GDS scores were 6.94 ± 3.19 (P=0.027) and 8.43 ± 3.44 (P=0.422); the MMSE scores were 24.63 ± 3.53 (P=0.168) and 23.70 ± 3.85 (P=0.068); total scores of SF-36 were 52.24 ± 17.63 (P=0.347) and 50.32 ± 19.66 (P=0.392); the ISI scores were 7.58 ± 5.38 (P=0.327) and 9.31 ± 6.35 (P=0.019); the PSQI scores were 6.04 ± 2.35 (P=0.019) and 7.30 ± 3.74 (P=0.847) in both groups, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

Laughter Therapy is considered to be useful, cost-effective and easily-accessible intervention that has positive effects on depression, insomnia, and sleep quality in the elderly.

© 2011 Japan Geriatrics Society.

PMID:
21241447
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21241447

CONTACT:

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

ATLANTA
– LAUGHTER – YOGA
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 is a complementary health practice that supplements normal western medicine, not replaces it.
Check with your Health Care Professional if you have any concerns. Do not stop any treatments without consulting your Health Care Professional.

 

Mad, Sad, Unhappy? – In Atlanta

Mad, Sad, Unhappy? – In Atlanta

Lately have you been unhappy or sad or mad? Life has not been too kind lately?

  • Going through a Divorce
  • Recently Divorced
  • Relationship just ended
  • Laid Off Work
  • Fired From Job
  • Too many deadlines
  • Stress of too many roles to fulfill
  • Tired of lines at stores
  • Angry
  • Feel sad
  • Depressed
  • High Anxiety
  • Cannot sleep
  • Wish things were different
  • Cry more lately
  • Just plain ole unhappy
  • Disappointed
  • Things are not going your way
  • Lack money
  • hard to pay rent or mortgage payment
  • kids driving you nuts
  • your sports team not winning
  • you did not get to hunt this year
  • not enough time for outdoors
  • too much work
  • not enough play time
  • no one to love
  • alone
  • worried
  • long winter ahead
  • blues settling in
  • melancholy days
  • no energy
  • disorganized
  • wish things were different
  • have a great laugh and like laughing
  • have no sense of humor, but would like to feel better
  • tired of hearing yourself complain
  • tired of the way things are

You are a perfect candidate for FREE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASS !

Laughter Yoga originated back in March of 1995 in India by Dr. Kataria and his wife Madhuri and three friends.

Fast forward and there are over 6,000 Laughter Clubs in over 60 Countries and it is here in Atlanta, GA.

Laughter Yoga is a form of moderate fun exercise, combined with yogic breathing and laughter. No Yoga Poses to learn. No special clothes or mats or shoes.
Attendees wear their usual clothes and come with an open mind and embrace a 45 minute session. About 30 minutes of Laughter exercises that produces serotonin and dopamine that makes the participant feel better. Studies have told us that even 10 minutes of constant laughing is like rowing in a gym for 30 minutes.

It is 30 x easier to laugh in a group than alone.

The thing is… we need sustained laughter to produce this effect. Movies and TV only produces very short bursts of laughter so is not the same thing. Movies and TV are helpful to boost one’s mood but Laughter Yoga is the process that gets real results you feel and creates feelings of JOY, HAPPINESS, CONNECTIVENESS, WELL-BEING, IMPROVED HEALTH, ALLEVIATES OUR ABOVE MENTIONED NEGATIVE FEELINGS.

Open to the Public. Basically FREE! Small Donations gladly accepted.

Click here to get the schedule and learn more. In Atlanta, GA

Do yourself a favor, who else will? Decide to take a chance and embrace something new.

Get out of the house and join us.

Laughter Yoga participants you will find are about the friendliest people on earth. Full of Laughter and fun.

CONTACT:

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

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

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

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

FREE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASS

SENIORS

Call for One on One Coaching. Help is available!

CONTACT

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

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

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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