What we're about

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Welcome to the home of Portland's Laughter Community!! Portland Laughter Yoga has been the premiere Portland metro area Laughter resource since 2008, offering Laughter Clubs & Classes, Laughter Meditation, 1-to-1 Laughter Coaching, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training, as well as special sessions for organizations, team building, corporate health & wellness, personal celebrations, seniors, caregivers, kids and more! This Meetup will be used to announce community Laughter Clubs, paid classes, workshops & training and special events sponsored by Portland Laughter Yoga and alumni and the greater Portland Laughter Community.

What's Going On?
Laughter Clubs are our main community event. Right now, our oldest recurring Meetup is the Hawthorne Laughter Club, which meets on Sundays at 4 pm in the Hawthorne Movement Center studio directly behind the Hawthorne Wellness Center. WE started in 2010 on Belmont and moved to our current location January 2011. There are other weekly clubs happening that are listed, a monthly Laughter Meditation, quarterly potlucks, as well as occasional special events.

We would love to offer all of our events for free, but free space is hard to come by and Meetup is not free for the organizer, so we have a recommended donation of $5 to $10 dollars. This covers rent when applicable, plus Meetup and other related fees. No one will be turned away. It currently costs around $2k a year for expenses for our community. A large portion of this is rent. After club expenses are paid, extra money is set aside for community Laughter events such as the Starlight Parade, World Laughter Day, celebrating club anniversaries, community event booths, potlucks etc. Online donations can be made via PayPal. (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=UHU6GUBHNSF6L&source=url)

We joined Meetup in 2011, but Portland Laughter Yoga has been holding clubs, classes and training since 2008. Meetup is simply another way to get the word out about Laughter related events. We think laughing is AWESOME and want to share it with everyone! Please do not think that just because not many people are listed as attending on Meetup that no one is going. We have many regular laughers that attend our functions that are not tapped into our Meetup community.

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga (www.laughteryoga.org) is a unique new physical activity that blends playful and energizing laughter exercises with gentle yogic breathing and rhythmic clapping and chanting. It is fun & easy! No sweat pants or yoga mat required. During the second half of a session we use intentional laughter as a tool, not an emotion during laughter meditation - we just sit or lay back and laugh!

Through group activity and eye contact, simulated laughter quickly becomes real, contagious and enthusiastic. By the time the laughter meditation starts people usually have no problem tapping into their inner laugh. We love Laughter Yoga for its ease and simplicity. Laughter has so many physical, spiritual, emotional and social benefits and anyone can do it!

Much of our Laughter Community has been doing Laughter Yoga for years and as such we have developed our own style and moved beyond Laughter Yoga. We love playfulness, Gibberish and as such have fun with Improv, vocal expression and more. Although the bulk of what we offer is style Laughter Yoga, some events may differ and thus might be called something different, for example our monthly Laughter Meditation, which has Laughter Yoga and much more.

Founder, Andréa Crisp, has training in Laughter Yoga, Laughter Wellness and two different Laughter Coaching Certifications as well as coaching, counseling and EFT/Meridian Tapping training/experience. Find out more at http://www.AndreaCrisp.com

Upcoming events (4+)

Virtual Sunday Laughter Sanctuary (One-time Registration Required)

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Rainy Day - We will be laughing on Zoom for sure Sunday May 29th. But please keep in touch via Meetup or Social as we will begin to meet at Laurelhurst Park this summer once we hit consistent good weather in Portland. It will also be announced via the Portland Laughter Community e-newsletter list.

Please JOY-in me, Andréa Crisp, Laughter Yoga Teacher, and our Portland Laughter Community, and help shape the newest craze in the Laughter Yoga world! We’ve been meeting every Sunday since 2010 and now we're virtual during the pandemic. That means we can grow our little community beyond the confines of Portland, Oregon!

We laugh & breathe for ~45-50 minutes, then those available and interested, stay on for some guided sharing & connection, especially important during this time of great change and social & physical isolation.

You are welcome to come and go at any time. However, the meeting will be locked once the laughter meditation portion starts around 4:30ish.

Please come, laugh, connect, share and help build & sustain the next part of our laughter journey!

Sundays at 4 pm Pacific

  • ~45-50 minutes of laughter
  • ~10-15 minutes of sharing and connecting

Register once and attend any session!

Please be sure to register via Zoom for the details/ID and password at the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkdO-gqDMsH914L2pW5A2Iky0VG2hl9EeH

Please keep your initial registration email, so you can access the Zoom Meeting Link/Meeting ID & password. If you have already registered, but have misplaced the information you can find it by going to https://www.portlandlaughteryoga.com/virtualclub

Suggested donations are $5-$10 a session. Donate each time you attend, monthly or as you are able. Every little bit helps & is only utilized to keep our community alive (paying for Meetup & Zoom). Your continued support is so appreciated. You can donate one of two ways. Donations to [masked] via PayPal or @AndreaCrisp on Venmo. There is also an official Donate Button on the website at the very bottom. https://www.portlandlaughteryoga.com This option allows you to make a one-time or a recurring monthly donation.

Troubleshooting
If you are already registered, but are having trouble accessing the meeting, please ensure that you are logged in to Zoom using the email and password with which you registered. Also if you haven't in a while, please clear the cookies and cache of your internet browser, because Zoom works with your browser. If you do not know how to do this search online "clear cookies and cache" and then enter the name of your web browser. Chrome, Safari, Firefox, MS Edge etc. The instructions will vary for each software program.

Hope to laugh with you soon!!

Laughter Practice w/Laura Lou Virtual Laughter Club

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Email the Leader of this group, Laura Lou Pape-McCarthy at [masked] , with questions.

No special equipment needed. Session is lead from a seated position (mostly). Participants will be muted during the session, please join if you can share your video.

Laughter Practice w/Laura Lou Virtual Laughter Club

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Email the Leader of this group, Laura Lou Pape-McCarthy at [masked] , with questions.

No special equipment needed. Session is lead from a seated position (mostly). Participants will be muted during the session, please join if you can share your video.

Virtual Laughter Yoga Exercises

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Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81722406616?pwd=YU4xenlCTDVpQzkza2xGWC9WUFFDUT09

I'm inviting you to a scheduled Laughter Yoga/Zoom meeting.
We typically laugh for 40 minutes. You can come and go at any time.
Please come, laugh, connect, share and help build & sustain the next part of our laughter journey!
Hope to laugh with you soon!!
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
Every Wednesday
40 minutes of laughter and 30 minutes of sharing and connecting.
Topic: Beaverton Portland Laughter Community Meetup
Time: 5-6pm
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Daily: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/upYudu6tqjMtGNMEXVhBqcSAE2l_NNXMdOli/ics?icsToken=98tyKu6qrTotH9CdtxuAR7YQA4j4KO_wiFxajY1wuSfTCwJCYTDXE7BODZxRKPXU
Join Zoom Meeting
Your Laughter Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81722406616?pwd=YU4xenlCTDVpQzkza2xGWC9WUFFDUT09
10 Laughter Club Benefits:
· Stress Relief
· Pain Reduction
· Reduced Seriousness
· Whole Body Relaxation
· Increased Oxygen Flow
· Reduced Cortisol Release
· Improved Immune Function
· Increased Endorphin Release
· Higher Emotional Connection
10 Things we'll do:
· Comfortable Eye Contact
· Lite Laughter Exercises
· Prolonged Exhalations
· Child-Like Playfulness
· Laughter Meditation
· Warm Up Clapping
· Body Movement
· Deep Breathing
· Yoga Breathing
· Stretching
Adding laughter to your life can be considered a complimentary wellness practice.
Please Contact me at [masked] if zoom is not working for you.

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Virtual Laughter Yoga Exercises

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