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Top 10 Reasons to Do Laughter Yoga:

(1) Laughter is a powerful stress buster.

(2) Laughing brings more joy into your life.

(3) It doesn't require any special flexibility - everyone can practice it.

(4) Laughter Yoga is low-impact aerobic exercise, and you’ll burn about 200 calories in an hour-long class.

(5) When you laugh, you radiate with happiness and attract positive people into your life.

(6) Laughing makes your skin glow and tones your facial muscles.

(7) Laughing releases endorphins which provide relief from chronic pain.

(8) Laughter makes it easier to connect with new people.

(9) Laughing strengthens your ability to fight infection and disease, including cancer.

(10) Laughter Yoga produces a “runner’s high”, leaving you feeling thrilled to be alive!

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Laughter Yoga is the practice of using laughter as exercise. A class involves intentional laughter, deep breathing, and simple games that encourage child-like playfulness.

Laughter Yoga has been recommended by Oprah, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Dr. Andrew Weil.

What people have to say about Laughter Yoga:

“It is a perfect way to laugh and get exercise at the same time. . . . . I’ve tried it, and it works.” - Oprah Winfrey (http://www.laughteryogaamerica.com/read/news/oprah-show-reggie-stress-lifted-soul-lifted-body-701.php)

“Laughter puts the most powerful anti-depressants to shame.” - Dr. Andrew Weil.

“I was in a vile, despicable mood when I arrived at laughter yoga. . . . An hour later I floated out onto Broadway, ready to break into song and speed-dial a few friends to sign them up for the next class. This stuff worked.” - New York Times (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/21/stretch-laughter-yoga-serious-benefits/)

Check out this short clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tga6wRGlISs) from the Oprah Winfrey show (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tga6wRGlISs) to get a sense of what Laughter Yoga is like!

Last March, the Hartford Laughter Club was featured in the Hartford Courant. Check out the article! (http://www.courant.com/community/wethersfield/hc-wethersfield-laugh-yoga-20140311,0,4709430.story)

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Joyful Laughter Yoga Club with Robert Rivest!

Heartsong Yoga Center

Come join us for laughter, exercise, and a super fun social experience! WHEN: EVERY SUNDAY EVENING @ 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm COST: Free. Donations will be accepted for the space. We start each club session with mindful breathing, easy flowing movements, and a few fun vocal warm-ups. This leads to a series of playful, interactive, laugh inducing exercises (that can easily be adapted to fit your abilities, mood or energy level). Our group laughter is joyfully simulated with full body laughter exercises, clapping, eye contact and youthful playfulness. The simulated laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter that lifts our spirits, connects us, and carries over into our every day lives. After the exercises we do a little laughter meditation and end with a few peaceful moments of guided relaxation. AGES: All Ages Welcome. PARKING: If you're facing the building, the parking is located on the right of the building. INSTRUCTOR: Robert Rivest, certified Laughter Yoga teacher, http://www.robertrivest.com ***More people will be at the class than RSVP through Meetup. Robert Rivest's Laughter Club has been celebrating laughter every Sunday for the past 5 years and usually has around 10 people in attendance. ***

Joyful Laughter Yoga Club with Robert Rivest!

Heartsong Yoga Center

Come join us for laughter, exercise, and a super fun social experience! WHEN: EVERY SUNDAY EVENING @ 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm COST: Free. Donations will be accepted for the space. We start each club session with mindful breathing, easy flowing movements, and a few fun vocal warm-ups. This leads to a series of playful, interactive, laugh inducing exercises (that can easily be adapted to fit your abilities, mood or energy level). Our group laughter is joyfully simulated with full body laughter exercises, clapping, eye contact and youthful playfulness. The simulated laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter that lifts our spirits, connects us, and carries over into our every day lives. After the exercises we do a little laughter meditation and end with a few peaceful moments of guided relaxation. AGES: All Ages Welcome. PARKING: If you're facing the building, the parking is located on the right of the building. INSTRUCTOR: Robert Rivest, certified Laughter Yoga teacher, http://www.robertrivest.com ***More people will be at the class than RSVP through Meetup. Robert Rivest's Laughter Club has been celebrating laughter every Sunday for the past 5 years and usually has around 10 people in attendance. ***

Joyful Laughter Yoga Club with Robert Rivest!

Heartsong Yoga Center

Come join us for laughter, exercise, and a super fun social experience! WHEN: EVERY SUNDAY EVENING @ 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm COST: Free. Donations will be accepted for the space. We start each club session with mindful breathing, easy flowing movements, and a few fun vocal warm-ups. This leads to a series of playful, interactive, laugh inducing exercises (that can easily be adapted to fit your abilities, mood or energy level). Our group laughter is joyfully simulated with full body laughter exercises, clapping, eye contact and youthful playfulness. The simulated laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter that lifts our spirits, connects us, and carries over into our every day lives. After the exercises we do a little laughter meditation and end with a few peaceful moments of guided relaxation. AGES: All Ages Welcome. PARKING: If you're facing the building, the parking is located on the right of the building. INSTRUCTOR: Robert Rivest, certified Laughter Yoga teacher, http://www.robertrivest.com ***More people will be at the class than RSVP through Meetup. Robert Rivest's Laughter Club has been celebrating laughter every Sunday for the past 5 years and usually has around 10 people in attendance. ***

Laugh and Flood Your Body with Healing Hormones!

“I was in a vile, despicable mood . . . An hour later I floated out onto Broadway, ready to break into song and speed-dial a few friends to sign them up for the next class. This stuff worked.” - New York Times Laugh with us and flood your body with natural healing chemicals. Endorphins (the "feel-good hormone") and oxytocin (the "love hormone") are released when you laugh. Levels of stress hormones also drop. As a result, laughing is a powerful antidote to anxiety and depression. Join us to do exercises which have been recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil and Oprah. Join us to make new friends! We will be doing intentional laughter, deep breathing exercises, and games which encourage child-like playfulness. Facilitator bio: Laura Le has been sharing the power of laughter in hospitals, workplaces, and libraries for the last six years. She has been featured in the Hartford Courant and has been a guest on radio and public TV shows. She is passionate about sharing the healing power of laughter, because she loves seeing how laughter breaks down walls between people and makes people feel more alive. $5 suggested donation. Free parking available in front and back of the Toivo building. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. No yoga mats needed.

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