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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 6000 "Laughter Clubs" in over 70 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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Let's laugh to connect! This Monday 3/25

Kaiser Permanente Medical Building

Did you know there's a special day in March for Extraterrestrial Abductions? No worries, because laughter is universal! It's a great way to connect with others in a peaceful and fun way, even if it feels like you are from different worlds. What about a day to celebrate the earth NOT being hit by an asteroid? We are so lucky that laughter is such a versatile and effective stress reliever. Join us at Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga and thousands of people around the planet to laugh your way to being a healthier and happier you. Let "unconditional laughter" take you to an oasis of refreshing, rejuvenating play. Feel the pressure melt away in this safe and fun group of wonderful people. Laughter Yoga 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. Laughing with others is priceless. Oakland Lifefire Laughter Yoga is free; donations gratefully accepted. Looking forward to laughing with you soon! In love and laughter, Annie and Liz

Get healthier & happified with laughter!

Kaiser Permanente Medical Building

Be part of the world-wide laughter movement--Join us at Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga to become a healthier and happier you. Let "unconditional laughter" take you away to an oasis of refreshing, rejuvenating play. Feel the pressure melt away in this safe and fun group of wonderful people. Laughter Yoga 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. Laughing with others is priceless. Oakland Lifefire Laughter Yoga is free; donations gratefully accepted. Looking forward to laughing with you soon! In love and laughter, Annie and Liz

Save the date! Lightening Up About Growing Older, Sun, Apr 14

Hello laughter lovers-- Worried about aging? Do you ask yourself questions like: Will I be healthy? Attractive? How do I take care of myself and my aging relatives? Will I have enough money? Will I feel connected? Have purpose? And what's happening to my body and memory? YIKES! Help is here! "Lightening Up About Growing Older" Workshop: A Fun & Mindful Approach to Middle Age and Beyond led by Annie Goglia and Amos Lans Join us for this playful workshop where we will explore these life changes with a sense of humor, compassion and adventure!! We will learn fun and useful tools to help embrace aging and create a vision for the next chapter of our lives through: Laughter Yoga Deep Breathing/Meditation Journaling InterPlay/Healing Movement Compassionate Sharing and more! Come to Laugh, Heal, Move and Transform Cost-- Super early bird: $39 by March 25 Early bird: $49 by April 10 Through April 14: $59 Day of workshop, Check or cash only For early bird: PAY BY CHECK AND SAVE $4! Ask Annie for info. For PayPal: Please go to http://www.lifefire.com/publiceventsworkshops.html Financially challenged? Two spots available for $20. Contact Annie for more info. Registration/Information: Annie Goglia cell: 510/[masked] Email: [masked] http://www.lifefire.com/publiceventsworkshops.html

Get healthier & happified with laughter!

Kaiser Permanente Medical Building

Be part of the world-wide laughter movement--Join us at Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga to become a healthier and happier you. Let "unconditional laughter" take you away to an oasis of refreshing, rejuvenating play. Feel the pressure melt away in this safe and fun group of wonderful people. Laughter Yoga 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. Laughing with others is priceless. Oakland Lifefire Laughter Yoga is free; donations gratefully accepted. Looking forward to laughing with you soon! In love and laughter, Annie and Liz

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Get healthier & happified with laughter!

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