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Laughter yoga with fewer exercises and more laughter.


Why do YOU do laughter yoga? And how?

Nowadays, I never aim to make people laugh. The funny thing is that because of this, I find they laugh more.

The reason for this apparent contradiction, I reckon, is that I ‘begin with the end in mind’, to use Stephen Covey’s Habit 2 from his best-seller ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.

For me, the ‘end in mind’ is for people to come alive and to experience union / connection, ie to experience the yogic benefits of laughter yoga.

In this approach, the laughter itself is secondary but because it is coming from a strong personal experience of connection, there is lots of it and it is genuine, natural, joyful & spontaneous.

The key in this approach is to use laughter yoga as principles rather than as a formula & set of exercises.

When we use principles rather than formula, laughter yoga becomes more fluid, more spacious, more spontaneous and also requires less practitioner effort.

For participants, it is more finely tuned to their specific requirements, is more natural and genuine, and specifically aims to allow everyone to find their own level.

It can also be pitched discreetly as a healing experience. Following from this, it means it can therefore be a richer and more rewarding personal experience, and, according to feedback, more enlivening – because the experience is all coming from the inside out.

Essentially, the principles can be reduced to spontaneous ‘playful presence’.

As everyone who practises ‘being present’ knows, this is an ever-deepening never-ending journey. Among other things, it requires an unflinching honesty, the shedding of skins and, especially, the willingness to FEEL.

If followed courageously, life keeps getting better.

Obviously in a short session, all you can do it touch on this, so to achieve this ‘playful presence’, it can be good to be facilitative rather than formulaic, and possibly not use any laughter yoga ‘exercises’ at all.
Why use them if you don’t need to?
Why use them if the laughter is happening naturally, genuinely and spontaneously anyway?

In this approach, laughter yoga is a process and an experience of coming alive and experiencing the joy of being alive – without laughter yoga ‘exercises’ but with masses of laughter.

I would love to hear your thoughts & feelings on this.

Laughter Facilitation Skills aka #laughteryogawithJoe 


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Laughter yoga and aromatherapy – is there joy in your hands?


I had the pleasure and privilege of giving a talk at the recent IFA conference in London. The theme was Preventative Healthcare, and my topic was ‘Laughter yoga’.

The significance of laughter yoga for aromatherapy professionals is its focus on self-care, with potential application for clients.

Laughter yoga is often thought of as a group activity, practised outdoors, with laughing-out-loud laughter. There is huge self-care potential in this.

However, there are other ways of practising laughter yoga including from the inside out (#laughteryogawithJoe) and this is where it can become directly applicable and useful to aromatherapy practitioners.

Laughter can be silent, internal and joyful.
Laughter yoga can be practised as an internal discipline with an energetic focus. This means being aware of and focusing on how the laughter yoga impacts mood and wellbeing, and how it can be directed to specific body parts.

Which brings us to our hands.

With practice, we can develop the ability to experience particular qualities in our hands.
For instance, we can both feel and transmit qualities like joy. We ourselves probably all recognise not only the difference of other people’s physical touch, but also the overall ‘feel’ and ‘presence’ of the practitioner.

Laughter yoga has the potential to increase the amount of joy we both feel and transmit through our hands.

Many of us will be familiar with some form of the Inner Smile meditation practice. We can use this in a physical way too.
The easiest way to start exploring this is through the power of your own smile.
The key practice is to smile a naturally warm and genuine smile and to feel this smile.
Once we have identified this feeling, we then practice moving it around our body, and to our hands. When we focus on feeling the feeling, we invariably start noticing differences – as will our clients.

Joy in our hands, everyone?

Laughter yoga


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