with Andrea Ventura, CLYL
Laughter Wellness is a gathering of friendly and positive people who meet for the sole purpose of exploring laughter as a therapeutic expression. Laughing for no reason at all is a tool that can be recalled instantly, and utilized as you will it. This group will help you to hone an ability you’ve always possessed and bring it to the forefront of your skill set.
Laughter, as a regular exercise, helps promote clarity, calmness and peace of mind. The endorphins released during an intense laughing session may help you ease anxiety and feel a greater sense of connection to others.
In Laughter Wellness you will be guided by movement, breathing and sound exercises to reach a comfortable place from which you can launch your own giddy vocalizations. You’ll explore different scenarios wherein laughter can be used to release tension, address criticism and awaken your groggy senses. You’ll learn to enhance your ability to motivate your self when feeling stuck or distant. You will help others laugh, and you’ll feel empowered to lead your own thoughts toward positivity. If seriousness has become overwhelming in your life, or if you feel the urge to challenge yourself to simply let go, this group is for you. Give yourself permission to laugh.
Laughter Wellness – Sundays 4-5pm. Sliding Scale, donation at the door. (Yoga Studio)
Andrea began studying laughter two years ago, after serendipitously falling into a laughing fit in a time of stress. She was struck by the similar reactions elicited by joy and despair, and delved into research on the topic. She found that in studies of neuroscience, spirituality and social psychology, laughter was widely recognized as a therapeutic technique. Intrigued, she began to incorporate laughter into her daily meditation practice. Andrea is CLYL certified by Laughter Yoga International.