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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)

Virtual Sunday Laughter Sanctuary (New Zoom Link)

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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 & the recording stopped once the laughter stops and the sharing starts. Please come, laugh, connect, share and help build & sustain the next part of our laughter journey! Sundays at 4 pm Pacific ~50 minutes of laughter ~10 minutes of sharing and connecting. New Sunday Laughter Sanctuary Zoom Link beginning December 6th – Please e sure to register for the new link/ID and password https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkdO-gqDMsH914L2pW5A2Iky0VG2hl9EeH Register once and attend any session! Please keep the initial registration email, so you can access the Zoom Meeting Link/Meeting ID & password. Hope to laugh with you soon!!

Virtual Laughter Yoga Exercises

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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: 7-8pm 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/89891589888 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.

Virtual Sunday Laughter Sanctuary (New Zoom Link)

Online event

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 & the recording stopped once the laughter stops and the sharing starts. Please come, laugh, connect, share and help build & sustain the next part of our laughter journey! Sundays at 4 pm Pacific ~50 minutes of laughter ~10 minutes of sharing and connecting. New Sunday Laughter Sanctuary Zoom Link beginning December 6th – Please e sure to register for the new link/ID and password https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkdO-gqDMsH914L2pW5A2Iky0VG2hl9EeH Register once and attend any session! Please keep the initial registration email, so you can access the Zoom Meeting Link/Meeting ID & password. Hope to laugh with you soon!!

Virtual Laughter Yoga Exercises

Online event

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: 7-8pm 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/89891589888 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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