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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 (5+)

Laughter Yoga at Carioca Bowls/Full Lotus PDX

Carioca Bowls

Laughter (Hasya) Yoga is a unique exercise routine that combines laughter exercises with yogic breathing (Pranayama) which brings in more oxygen to the body and brain, making one feel more energetic and healthy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group. With eye contact and childlike playfulness it turns into real and contagious laughter! It is based on the scientific understanding that the body cannot tell the difference between fake and real laughter. It assists with a multitude of physical and emotional stresses through the natural release of endorphins. Please bring a water bottle and your inner child as we embark on this joy-filled adventure! Please arrive 5 minutes early to get settled in! By joining and laughing with Laughter Yoga at Carioca Bowls it is assumed that you and any guest you bring have READ and AGREE to the following: 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. Your $5 -$10 donation helps cover club expenses including studio rent, though no one is turned away.

Sunday Laughter Sanctuary

Andrea's Laughter Sanctuary

$10.00

While we search for a new flagship laughter club location, I will host Laughter Church in my basement Laughter Sanctuary!! ha ha ha 2nd and 4th Sundays. We will have a Laughter Yoga session with Laughter Meditation, plus Gibberish and games exactly like we have all come to love. 4-5 pm with fellowship to follow from 5-5:30 pm. THINGS TO NOTE: *If you can only laugh with us for a piece you are welcome to come and go as needed. *If you are new, please arrive a few minutes before 4 pm so you can sign in and get the low-down. We laugh at 4 o'clock!! *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 There are stairs into the house and a full flight down to the Laughter Sanctuary, so my home, unfortunately, is not wheelchair accessible (which is exactly why we would love to find another space for the community). The house is accessible by Tri-met, either the 75 bus or the Orange Lightrail Line. The 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

Laughter Yoga at Carioca Bowls/Full Lotus PDX

Carioca Bowls

Laughter (Hasya) Yoga is a unique exercise routine that combines laughter exercises with yogic breathing (Pranayama) which brings in more oxygen to the body and brain, making one feel more energetic and healthy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group. With eye contact and childlike playfulness it turns into real and contagious laughter! It is based on the scientific understanding that the body cannot tell the difference between fake and real laughter. It assists with a multitude of physical and emotional stresses through the natural release of endorphins. Please bring a water bottle and your inner child as we embark on this joy-filled adventure! Please arrive 5 minutes early to get settled in! By joining and laughing with Laughter Yoga at Carioca Bowls it is assumed that you and any guest you bring have READ and AGREE to the following: 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. Your $5 -$10 donation helps cover club expenses including studio rent, though no one is turned away.

Beaverton Laughter Exercises

The Griffith Drive Building

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.

Past events (1,343)

Laughter Meditation

Andrea's Laughter Sanctuary

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