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Want to jumpstart your joy? Join us and get happified!

The global Laughter Yoga movement was started by Dr. Madan Kataria, an MD from India, in 1995. There are now over 16,000 "Laughter Clubs" in over 100 countries around the world spreading peace and joy through laughter!

Laughter Yoga does not use the familiar "Hatha Yoga" poses or asanas. It is not based on humor or jokes, which are very subjective. Rather it combines playful, easy laughter exercises with yogic breathing and a final relaxation. And like yoga it IS a "practice", also called "intentional laughter", that taps into the mind-body connection to lift your mood, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and boost your immune system while you have fun. After laughing and playing with this fabulous group, you will leave energized and relaxed. How cool is that!

Oakland LIfefire Laughter Yoga was started in 2007 by Annie Goglia, a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and Life Coach. Annie loves to share her laughter with others with an open heart. She was trained by the founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Kataria. In 2013, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Liz Nichols joined her as co-leader.

We are usually a mix of "regulars" and newcomers. Drop-ins are super-welcome. No mats needed. Adults and older teens of all levels of physically fitness are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing for easier laughing.

Laughing with others is priceless. Oakland LifeFire Laughter Meetups are free! We welcome donations to help with our costs. You can click on the "chip in" button on the left, or bring your donation when you come to a Meetup.

This "laughter club" meets two or more Mondays per month, except major holidays. See the list of upcoming Meetups for the current schedule.

Want to learn more? Check out the Laughter Yoga International website: www.laughteryoga.org.
Visit Annie's website at www.lifefire.com (http://www.lifefire.com/) and Liz's at liznichols.net (http://www.liznichols.net/).

For more information, see this wonderful article about laughter as therapy in Oakland Magazine, featuring Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga: http://www.oaklandmagazine.com/media/Oakland-Magazine/July-August-2009/Therapy .

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Upcoming events (5)

Celebrate the Asian New Year with Laughter! this Tuesday, 7:30 pm

Hello Laughter Lovers-- Join us to celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year with special laughter exercises, done with all our usual, playful spirit! The Year of the Ox, begins February 12th. The Ox brings the gifts of strength, patience and faith--which we really need in these challenging times. Mix in laughter, fun and connection for a winning combo! Come laugh with us at Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga this Tuesday at 7:30 pm PST. RSVP yes! Then click "online" button to join us. To have the best experience, please plan to arrive on time, especially if your new to Laughter Yoga. For donations info and if you need to use telephone for your audio, scroll way down. ** Looking forward to laughing with you! In love and laughter, Annie & Liz More about our group: The benefits of laughing with others are priceless! The Oakland Lifefire Laughter Club is cost optional. Donations are very gratefully received to help defray expenses. ** Donations go to: Venmo: @Annie-Goglia or PayPal.me/AnnieGoglia See Annie's video about dealing with panic in this challenging time: https://www.facebook.com/LifeFireLaugh/videos/2820158048073090/ Laughter Yoga is a world wide movement using laughing together in groups to increase health and happiness. It helps us to laugh whether we feel like it or not, using fun warm ups, playful laughter exercises, a rollicking laughter flow, and a relaxation that will leave you blissed out! No Yoga mats, jokes, or even a sense of humor needed. Adults and older teens of all levels of physically fitness are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing for easier laughing. ** Zoom meeting info. RSVP yes. Click online location to enter. Please arrive on time, if possible. Thanks! One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,#,131598# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]#,,#,131598# US (Houston) Dial by your location [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US [masked] US [masked] US (Chicago) Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adOf2VI3p

Leap into laughter & de-stress! Tuesday, 7:30 pm

Online event

Hello Laughter Lovers-- These are super challenging times. More than ever, we need to find healthy ways to take care of our bodies, minds and spirits. Healing laughter in community is a great way to do that. Join us to de-stress together with laughter at Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga this Tuesday at 7:30 pm PST. RSVP yes! Then click "online" button to join us--like magic! To have the best experience, please plan to arrive on time, especially if your new to Laughter Yoga. For donations info and if you need to use telephone for your audio, scroll way down. ** Looking forward to laughing with you! In love and laughter, Liz & Annie More about our group: The benefits of laughing with others are priceless! The Oakland Lifefire Laughter Club is cost optional. Donations are very gratefully received to help defray expenses. ** Donations go to: Venmo: @Annie-Goglia or PayPal.me/AnnieGoglia See Annie's video about dealing with panic in this challenging time: https://www.facebook.com/LifeFireLaugh/videos/2820158048073090/ Laughter Yoga is a world wide movement using laughing together in groups to increase health and happiness. It helps us to laugh whether we feel like it or not, using fun warm ups, playful laughter exercises, a rollicking laughter flow, and a relaxation that will leave you blissed out! No Yoga mats, jokes, or even a sense of humor needed. Adults and older teens of all levels of physically fitness are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing for easier laughing. One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,#,131598# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]#,,#,131598# US (Houston) Dial by your location [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US [masked] US [masked] US (Chicago) Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adOf2VI3p

Celebrate the Asian New Year with Laughter! this Tuesday, 7:30 pm

Hello Laughter Lovers-- Join us to celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year with special laughter exercises, done with all our usual, playful spirit! The Year of the Ox, begins February 12th. The Ox brings the gifts of strength, patience and faith--which we really need in these challenging times. Mix in laughter, fun and connection for a winning combo! Come laugh with us at Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga this Tuesday at 7:30 pm PST. RSVP yes! Then click "online" button to join us. To have the best experience, please plan to arrive on time, especially if your new to Laughter Yoga. For donations info and if you need to use telephone for your audio, scroll way down. ** Looking forward to laughing with you! In love and laughter, Annie & Liz More about our group: The benefits of laughing with others are priceless! The Oakland Lifefire Laughter Club is cost optional. Donations are very gratefully received to help defray expenses. ** Donations go to: Venmo: @Annie-Goglia or PayPal.me/AnnieGoglia See Annie's video about dealing with panic in this challenging time: https://www.facebook.com/LifeFireLaugh/videos/2820158048073090/ Laughter Yoga is a world wide movement using laughing together in groups to increase health and happiness. It helps us to laugh whether we feel like it or not, using fun warm ups, playful laughter exercises, a rollicking laughter flow, and a relaxation that will leave you blissed out! No Yoga mats, jokes, or even a sense of humor needed. Adults and older teens of all levels of physically fitness are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing for easier laughing. ** Zoom meeting info. RSVP yes. Click online location to enter. Please arrive on time, if possible. Thanks! One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,#,131598# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]#,,#,131598# US (Houston) Dial by your location [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US [masked] US [masked] US (Chicago) Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adOf2VI3p

Leap into laughter & de-stress! Tuesday, 7:30 pm

Online event

Hello Laughter Lovers-- These are super challenging times. More than ever, we need to find healthy ways to take care of our bodies, minds and spirits. Healing laughter in community is a great way to do that. Join us to de-stress together with laughter at Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga this Tuesday at 7:30 pm PST. RSVP yes! Then click "online" button to join us--like magic! To have the best experience, please plan to arrive on time, especially if your new to Laughter Yoga. For donations info and if you need to use telephone for your audio, scroll way down. ** Looking forward to laughing with you! In love and laughter, Liz & Annie More about our group: The benefits of laughing with others are priceless! The Oakland Lifefire Laughter Club is cost optional. Donations are very gratefully received to help defray expenses. ** Donations go to: Venmo: @Annie-Goglia or PayPal.me/AnnieGoglia See Annie's video about dealing with panic in this challenging time: https://www.facebook.com/LifeFireLaugh/videos/2820158048073090/ Laughter Yoga is a world wide movement using laughing together in groups to increase health and happiness. It helps us to laugh whether we feel like it or not, using fun warm ups, playful laughter exercises, a rollicking laughter flow, and a relaxation that will leave you blissed out! No Yoga mats, jokes, or even a sense of humor needed. Adults and older teens of all levels of physically fitness are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing for easier laughing. One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,#,131598# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]#,,#,131598# US (Houston) Dial by your location [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US [masked] US [masked] US (Chicago) Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adOf2VI3p

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