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Portland Laughter Yoga is the premiere Portland metro area Laughter resource offering Laughter Clubs & Classes, Laughter Meditation, 1-to-1 Laughter Coaching, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Trainings, as well as special sessions for organizations, team building, corporate health & wellness, personal celebrations, seniors, caregivers, kids and more! This Meet-up will be used to announce community Laughter Clubs, paid classes, trainings and special events sponsored by Portland Laughter Yoga and alumni.

What's Going On?
Laughter Clubs are a community event. We would love to offer them for free, but free space is hard to come by so we have a recommended donation of $5 to $10 dollars. No one will be turned away. After club expenses are paid, extra money is set aside for community Laughter related events such as the Starlight Parade, World Laughter Day, celebrating club anniversaries, community event booths etc.

Right now, the 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. There are other weekly clubs happening that are listed, a monthly Laughter Meditation, as well as occasional special events.

We joined Meetup in 2011, but Portland Laughter Yoga has been holding clubs, classes and trainings 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!

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 www.AndreaCrisp.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Laughter Meditation

Andrea's Laughter Sanctuary

Laughter is a simple and pure form of connection; easily experienced in physical form. I have learned that laughter, and its ability to connect us in the middle of our utter vulnerability, can lead to the feelings of inner joy that most of us are seeking. Laughter is a fun and easy way to meet another’s gaze and dissolve the illusion of our separateness. My intention with this gathering is that you will experience the many benefits of laughter for the body and mind, the heart and soul; to encourage and inspire you to choose laughter in your life more often. I believe that laughter is a tool for understanding the human condition and ultimately healing through connection. Laughter Meditation has two stages: first, we laugh together for no reason. Laughter opens the heart to allow more love, more trust and more connection. In the second stage, we share silence. Laughter serves as a bridge to intensify, taking us deeper into our silence, our inner peace and calm. Please join us for fun and fellowship! There is a suggested love donation, but no one will be turned away. Please RSVP as space in my basement laughter sanctuary is limited. Also, please note that my home, unfortunately, is not wheelchair accessible. The house is accessible by Tri-met, either the 75 bus or the new Orange Lightrail. The new Orange line stop nearby at Sellwood and Johnson Creek and the 75 Bus stops nearby on SE 32nd. The bus is less of a walk. I created a little map here, but it doesn't show everything. At the new MAX stop there is a trail heading south between the Pendleton Woolen Mills store and the tracks. It heads up a little hill to the Springwater Trail. Then you can follow the outlined map via the trail and the neighborhood streets (~ 15 min. walk). For the bus I have the long way round on the map (still not long ~ 5 min.), but on the corner of SE 32nd & Roswell there is a large field that you can cut through to get to Barba St. Hope this helps!! https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zY24JoXPhGys.krag0QMXIFt0&usp=sharing

Hawthorne Laughter Club

Hawthorne Wellness Center

Playful laughter and mindful breathing exercises are lead by volunteer facilitators to stimulate joy and peace. Sessions end with laughter meditation. We have a lovely, supportive little laughter community in Portland. Typically 5 to 15 individuals attend. Please ARRIVE FIVE MINUTES EARLY and sign in. ENTER via the movement studio (separate from & behind the main wellness center). Your $5 -$10 donation helps cover club expenses including studio rent, though no one is turned away. DONATE ONLINE https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=DO6f0IqXTnTOSOJeUqTxWNrTIwtkOY32vvf83Is-9-OMGF5qY--OTfur7Fm8l0u0uOHweW&country.x=US&locale.x=US The studio is wheelchair accessible and we have a few onsite parking spots. Chairs are provided if needed and ages 5-99 are welcome. By joining and laughing with the Hawthorne Laughter Club it is assumed that you and any guest you bring have READ and AGREE to the following: The Hawthorne Laughter Club is a co-lead, community/club member facilitated group. Participation is voluntary. Participants are responsible for maintaining their well-being by listening to their body's feedback and adapting or modifying activities including limiting participation or refraining to avoid discomfort. Should pain occur participants should cease activities and seek appropriate support. Adding laughter to your life can be considered a complimentary wellness practice. Individuals suffering from health conditions which may affect their ability to safely participate, including but not limited to acute, severe, unstable, uncontrolled or undiagnosed health conditions, should seek professional consultation prior to participating. For more information or to get involved contact Andrea at: [masked]

theraLAUGHity - seated Laughter Yoga club

CherryWood Village Retirement Community

theraLAUGHity = seated Laughter Yoga session We meet in one of two rooms each week, check in with the receptionist for this week's room location. Park near the mini golf course and come on in! Practice laughter as an exercise and condition yourself to be more in touch with your inner-joy. Non-competitive play and simple chair exercises while laughing interspersed with breathing exercises gently raise the heart rate sufficient for moderate aerobic conditioning… and many many other benefits! FREE Donations accepted, $0 to $10 common All ages, wheel chair accessible Chairs available, no mats or equipment needed Wear comfortable clothing. If it’s your first time please come 10 minutes early for a brief introduction to the history and principles behind the practice of Laughter Yoga.

Free Beaverton Laughter Club Event

The Griffith Drive Building

• What we'll do Please meet down stairs just inside the front doors and we will head up the elevator to the 3rd floor at by 6:10pm. Thank you for your understanding. • We will have: Playful laughter exercises and mindful breathing meditations are lead by volunteer facilitators to stimulate joy and peace. Sessions end with laughter meditation. Typically 5 to 15 individuals attend. Your $5 -$10 donation helps cover club expenses including studio rent, though no one is turned away. Please ARRIVE FIVE MINUTES EARLY and sign in. ENTER via the Activities Center Front Doors By joining and laughing with the Beaverton Laughter Club it is assumed that you and any guest you bring have READ and AGREE to the following. The Beaverton Laughter Club is a member facilitated, leaderfull group. Participation is voluntary. Participants are responsible for maintaining their wellbeing by listening to the feedback their body provides and adapting or modifying activities including limiting participation or refraining to avoid discomfort. Should pain occur participants should cease activities and seek appropriate support. Adding laughter to you life can be considered a complimentary wellness practice. Individuals suffering from health conditions which may affect their ability to safely participate, including but not limited to acute, severe, unstable, uncontrolled or undiagnosed health conditions, should seek professional consultation prior to participating. We will be in the large room up stairs in Room 300 Optional: bring your yoga mats towels or blankets for the final Laughter Meditation. For more information or to get involved contact us at: [masked] • What to bring Optional: bring your yoga mats towels or blankets for the final Laughter Meditation. • Important to know

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Free Beaverton Laughter Club Event

The Griffith Drive Building

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