AndreaCrisp_LaughOutLoudIn the last 50 years, science has shown what humans have suspected for thousands – that laughter truly is the best medicine.  It can lower blood pressure, boosts the immune system and hearty laughter counts as exercise for your cardio-pulmonary system. You don’t even need to be happy or have a reason to laugh to get benefits! Laughter is a tremendously efficient way to express and release tension in a positive manner, and is proven to relieve stress and provide physiological as well as emotional benefits, whether or not it is real or simulated.

Laughter Yoga is a simple, yet profound, technique based on the philosophy of “acting happiness” which capitalizing on the scientifically proven benefits.  It is a unique new physical activity where anyone can learn to laugh for no reason at all! It does not require a sense of humor or jokes to be successful. It is a perfect blend of playful and energizing laughter exercises combined with yogic breathing.

Laughter Yoga – the union of laughter and breath with a HUGE dose of playfulness!

I trained as a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher in 2008 with the founder Dr. Kataria. In 2010, I obtained Laughter Coaching certification from The Levity Institute. I have learned over time that by focusing on gratitude and finding joy in everyday living you can truly live your best life and the time is always now! Life is short! There are several local Laughter Clubs in Portland, I also host Laughter Meditations frequently and Laughter Yoga Leader trainings several times a year. Find the current Laughter events on Portland Laughter Meetup. I occasionally hold Daily Laughter Challenges and other online programs. Check out the Portland Laughter Yoga Facebook Page to stay current.  I do most of my one-to-one work via Skype, FaceTime, etc.

The Portland Laughter Community exists through love, dedication and donations! If you feel blessed by any of our offerings and have the ability to contribute please donate. Every little bit helps cover costs for things like the Meetup, room rent and supplies.