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Awesome sessions at Glastonbury Festival 2022

‘The best moment of my festival so far!’ was one comment we received.

Considering the festival had already been going for 3 days, we were chuffed.

What made the sessions so special?

We were very focused. No matter how tired we were, we all held the space individually and collectively. We started each day with an opening ritual which connected us all. The waa-waa woo-woo moments are important.

We all had our own speciality. Each of us flowed comfortably and effortlessly with our own style. The team had Indian, Australian, Portuguese and UK roots so we incorporated Bollywood, yoga, juggling and general high energy. In addition, we kept it real and related the sessions back to experiences we all related to like being tired(!), hot, losing the toilet roll and having jelly legs.

We also had 3 laughter dragons!

Everyone loved the laughter dragons!

Here is a short video of them.

What else did we do? We connected. We had regular moments when we all had the opportunity to connect with one or more of the other participants and as we know, this increases the energy flow immediately, perceptibly and dramatically. Everyone loved these moments.

We also had the time and opportunity for lying down and have a relaxation, laughter meditation and our own settling & grounding experience – which we did in our own way.

And after 5 days of festivalling and 3 days of sessions, we still managed to look like this

One unexpected by-product was how this helped us develop our own style. We all got insights into how to develop further and how to integrate laughter yoga practices deeper into our own style and life.

Roll on 2023?

If you want to develop your own style further with greater freedom, flexibility, creativity and spontaneity, get in touch about the 2 and 4 session ‘Laughter Yoga for JOY’ coaching programme.

For conferences, festivals, training and team sessions, you can find general information HERE and/or email me joe @ joehoare. co .uk

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Laughter meditation? Mindfulness? At Glastonbury Festival??

How is it possible to be mindful in the middle of a music festival like Glastonbury?  How is it possible to practice a mindful walking meditation in the middle of 250,000 revellers?

How do laughter yoga, nls: natural laughter skills and laughter meditation help? This what the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 was curious about, and why they sent Alex Jones to find out.

Alex Jones from the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Joe Hoare at Glastonbury 2014

Alex Jones from the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Joe Hoare at Glastonbury 2014

The easy path when surrounded by noise, distraction, stress, anxiety, and wild revelry is to give up your own centeredness and get gobbled up by the madness. After all, isn’t that what we’re being invited and tempted to do?
And yet, you might find that even in these tempting circumstances, your own small voice of calm, your intuition, communicates with you and invites you to be mindful and hold your own centre.

Through discipline, commitment and persistence you can internalise your laughter yoga, nls: natural laughter skills and mindfulness practices and experience their calming, centring benefits in any circumstances. When you focus on the inner sensations, these practices develop a somatic quality. You feel them in your perineum, in your belly and in your heart, as described in the book Alex is clutching, ‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha within’. They provide you with an anchor so you stay centred and grounded, in your own power, no matter what the external circumstances.

Your practice becomes:

  • walking steadily, mindfully, with awareness
  • feeling your inner sensations
  • your feet connecting with the ground
  • your breathing relaxed
  • your posture supported by your chi
  • your inner smile beaming

Your laughter yoga practices develop your relaxed breathing, your nls: natural laughter skills adds chi and your inner smile, and your mindfulness adds awareness.

When you practice these at home, or in classes, workshops and in coaching sessions, you’re developing your ability to tap into these stress-busting, anxiety-relieving, depression-lifting, happiness-inducing, health-boosting qualities at will. You can use them not just in noisy wonderful party places like Glastonbury Festival, but also at work, at home, and in times of stress, anxiety, worry and depression.

People find they work, so just keep practicing a little bit every day:

  • relax
  • breathe
  • smile
  • chuckle
  • feel

For further practical information to help you develop your own practice, visit www.joehoare.co.uk

For further insights about approaches to inner freedom, read Victor Frankl’s book
‘Man’s Search for Meaning’

For other research into the benefits of meditation, visit the BBC site here, and read a neuroscientist’s view here

 

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