Laughter News May 2019

Laughter Yoga with KAMBI in April 2019

Welcome to May 2019

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London, all over the UK and sometimes in Denmark, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

UnitedMind is on the forefront with laughter, happiness and joy!

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In May News we share the following…

  1. World Laughter Day Thought from Yours Truly
  2. Meet Key Note, Kate Hull-Rodgers – Laughter Therapist
  3. What does the Accreditation stamp actually mean?
  4. Laughter Club and World Laughter Day
  5. The Accredited Training Formula
  6. Book your Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapist training on time!

You can enjoy reading our news on our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few memories and places to listen and look…

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK, The Telephone Laughter Club, Laughter Clubs in the UK, and please stay with us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Please also follow and like UnitedMind on Social Media

A brief overview of our May 2019 diary

May is tremendously and beautifully busy with laughter work.

Mental Health Awareness Week is running form 13-17 May and we have been busy trying to double the many bookings and involve Laughter Yoga Professionals around the country.

In May the journey takes us to Brighton, Preston, Norwich, London, Croydon, Blackburn, St Albans and many other places around the UK.

Thank you!

There is so much room for Laughter Yoga for teamwork, stress management and workplace wellbeing as well as for real personal life changes.

To give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

Available in London, across the UK, and Elsewhere

In May we share laughter during Mental Health Awareness Well and all other days, too, throughout the month in many locations around the UK and London in workshops and training events.

A reminder, too, that UnitedMind has the largest network of Laughter Yoga Partners in the UK and we always do our best to find a good day, time, and a great Laughter Facilitator so please look beyond our diary when you are looking to organise a Laughter Workshop for your group.

We also work with some awesome partners who organise corporate wellbeing, team and stress management events, ask us and they step in to plan together with you and bring it all together for your group at your venue.

No distance is too far for sharing laughter and positive change.

Give the gift of laughter to someone you care about.

Laughter coaching, workshops and training offer great value in life and in the workplace. We can run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

All Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy training is now accredited and approved for CPD in the UK by FHT. Ask for a list of Approved Teachers.

Please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

World Laughter Day Thought from Yours Truly

World Laughter Day has been celebrated in the UK since first time we held it in St Albans in 2004 – it got a bit bigger in 2005 and 2005 is possible the more official year for our first World Laughter Celebration in the UK…

Looking back over the years of celebrating laughter brings some wonderful thoughts and I think for many people the moments we shared laughter are some of the happiest memories we have.

Laughter has also brought me tears, serious contemplation, and distress.

However, walking in front can sometimes be faced with different challenges than when we submit to a less active role in the community and in the workplace.

Regardless what has been in the past I love everyone who has spent laughter time with me no matter where and how we are connected or disconnected at present. Laughter Yoga is a community of people who have found laughter to be a connecting and healing force of life!

I am up to something with the transformational power of laughter and Laughter Yoga is my superpower – as is Danish but that is a different story altogether…

If you see something in the change you have experience through laughing then Laughter Yoga may be something for you. I may not be the right teacher for you but I may be able to point you in the direction of someone who will nurture you and your laughter to new levels.

World Laughter Day is a celebration of our differences coming together in one whirlpool of laughter for world peace.

Different laughter, different opinions, different people, different circumstances.

When we share laughter we let everything go and become one big chuckle-muscle together in greatness and peaceful agreement.

Please join us in sharing laughter on World Laughter Day 5th May 2019 in St Albans or elsewhere around the UK and the world.

Find your event on www.worldlaughterday.co.uk.

Love, Laughter and Peace

Lotte

Your Everyday Laughter Queen #youreverydaylaughterqueen

The Playing Human Conference – on its way!

A superb line up is currently being introduced. We started in February when we introduced The Miracle Man, Ant Bennett, in March you met the YES Man, Dave Cornthwaite, in April you were acquainted with Play Expert, Yesim Kunter and this month we have another treat in store for you.

In May we are SO excited to introduce Laughter Therapist, Kate Hull Rodgers.

Meet Kate Hull-Rodgers – Laughter Therapist

If you have already obtrained your Certified Laughter Yoga Leader or Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher qualification through training with UnitedMind and UnitedMind trained teachers you can as leader do all you have learned so far which includes

  • developing your own laughter
  • leading laughter clubs
  • running community and workplace sessions

And as teacher you can do all you have learned as a leader and teacher plus teach the 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training.

With the Accreditation there are simply a few extra requirements to comply with in order for teaching accredited training.

These requirements bring a different level of quality and CPD recognition to the qualification as a Laughter Yoga Leader, Teacher and Coach.

Laughter Yoga Leader Training follows a specific structure around the country and world, and Master Trainers around the world follow a specific structure for teaching Laughter Yoga Teacher Training.

It is simply the extra registration of the training in the UK that leaders and teachers have been asking for over the past many years, this has nothing to do with Laughter Yoga International. 

It is simply an additional quality stamp for the UK and is not changing the training only adding extra leverage with an extra certificate when you complete the accreditation requirements.

If you don’t want the accreditation you simply do the training as it has  always been.

Meet Yesim Kunter, Play Expert

You have already been introduced to a few of the Key-Note Speakers for The Playing Human Conference in London 5-7 June 2020 and we continue to share the fantastic people in the coming months.

The Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary and The Playing Human Conference in London on 5-7 June 2020 may seem a long time away but there are still many outstanding people to introduce.

Please meet Yesim Kunter who was briefly introduced in our April Laughter News.

Speaking with Yesim about coming to The Playing Human Conference was great. We instantly connected through our passion for playful adaptation of life and in life, and she has a real story to tell about play at work and all around.

Yesim is a renowned play expert and a creative strategist, She understands behavior of people and how to create new experiences as well as  opportunities within the workplace and in life outside work.

As a keynote speaker she has delivered talks at conferences such as World Innovation Convention, TEDx, and the Global Innovation Forum London, an event where I will be sharing Laughter Yoga this year in November.

With a background in large international toy companies such as Toys R Us, Lego and Hasbro Yesim will certainly be able to share something about playing with us all at The Playing Human Conference.

“If we allow ourselves to Play and have Playful Minds, we will make better connections”, Yesim Kunter.

Please visit www.yesimkunter.com to learn more about Yesim. (under re-construction at the moment)

The Playing Human Conference takes place at Conway Hall in London on 5-7 June 2020. Book on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/the-playing-human-conference-2020/.

Laughter Club International (UK) St Albans

The Laughter Club in St Albans runs monthly on the first Sunday except in August.

On the first Sunday of May every year we celebrate World Laughter Day

Everyone is welcome in the Laughter Club International (UK) in St. Albans and it only costs £5 per person which goes towards the venue costs.

Laughter News April 2019

Laughter Yoga with Graze Healthier Snacking for Comic Relief in March 2019

Welcome to April 2019

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London, all over the UK and sometimes in Denmark, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

UnitedMind is on the forefront with laughter, happiness and joy!

To continue receiving our news please subscribe if you haven’t already!

In April News we share the following…

  1. A Moment from Yours Truly
  2. Meet Key Note, Yesim Kunter – Play Expert
  3. Accreditation of Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy training
  4. Laughter Yoga at CounterPlay in Denmark
  5. Miss Charity Drag UK
  6. The Accredited Training Formula – approved!
  7. Laughter Club and World Laughter Day – diarise it now
  8. Remember booking Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapist training!

You can enjoy reading our news on our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few memories and places to listen and look…

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK, The Telephone Laughter Club, Laughter Clubs in the UK, and please stay with us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Please also follow and like UnitedMind on Social Media

A brief overview of our April 2019 diary

I am still wondering how we can already have left January…

There is so much room for Laughter Yoga for teamwork, stress management and workplace wellbeing as well as for real personal life changes, and March was busy as if there was no tomorrow with events in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Leicester – to mention a few locations we have travelled to on our mission to share laughter.

To give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

Available in London, across the UK, and Elsewhere

In April we share laughter during National Stress Month as well as throughout the month in many locations around the UK and London in workshops and training events.

Please remember that UnitedMind has the largest network of Laughter Yoga Partners in the UK and we always do our best to find a good day, time, and a great Laughter Facilitator so please look beyond our diary when you are looking to organise a Laughter Workshop for your group.

We also work with some outstanding partners who are second to none at organising corporate wellbeing, team and stress management events, ask us and they step in to plan and bring it all together for your group together with you.

No distance is too far for sharing laughter and positive change.

Give the gift of laughter to someone you care about.

Laughter coaching, workshops and training offer great value in life and in the workplace. We can run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

Please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

A Moment from Yours Truly

I had a thought about the change that Laughter Yoga represents – to me, anyway.

When you laugh you change, and when you change the whole world changes was said by Laughter Yoga International Founder, Madan Kataria, many years ago.

Being on the Laughter Yoga change-train I know this is true, and I also believe that if you still have the same perspective and hold onto grudges and shortcomings, it may mean that you are not practicing what you teach and simply not laughing enough – at yourself and with yourself.

It is easy to pretend to smile more, eat less, laugh more, get less angry, exercise more, be nicer and so on, but if it is only a pretence then it never creates the true change that actually is available to anyone who practice Laughter Yoga daily.

And it takes time…

I am not saying it is easy to stick to and if you give up it really is all it is, giving up, so don’t beat yourself up on that account. Pick it up again and just do it (like NIKE says), just do it!

Create a structure to support you – I did. In 2008 when I started The Telephone Laughter Club I was looking for a way to support myself in laughing every day to beat the potential effect of MS relapses.

Speak with me about your laugther plan!

March was another month that changed many perspectives for me through sharing laughter with you and many private and corporate clients.  Thank you for your laughter, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to connect in mirth!

Love, Laughter and Peace

Lotte

Your Everyday Laughter Queen #youreverydaylaughterqueen

The Playing Human Conference – on its way!

A great line up is waiting to be introduced. We started in February when we introduced The Miracle Man, Ant Bennett, and last month you met the YES Man, Dave Cornthwaite.

In April we are really excited to introduct Play Expert, Yesim Kunter.

Meet Yesim Kunter – Play Expert

Yesim Kunter is a renowned play expert and a creative strategist who understands behavior of people and how to create new experiences as well as  opportunities.

There is much, much more to come when her profile airs later in April!

Read more about Yesim on yesimkunter.com.

Make sure you book soon – even if 2020 seems a long way away.

Did you notice who else is coming?

  • Ant Bennett, The Miracle Man
  • Dave Cornthwaite, The YES Man
  • Yesim Kunter, Play Expert and Creative Strategist
  • Sue Haswell, Big Results and Mindfulness Leader
  • Kate Hull Rodges, HumourUs and Author
  • Albert Nerenberg, Film Maker and Laughologist
  • Maggie Irving, Class Clown and Performance Coach
  • Miriam Akhtar, Positive Psychologist and Happiness Expert
  • Dr and Mrs Kataria, Founders of Laughter Yoga International
  • Eser Mutlu, Laughter Yoga Master Trainer Turkey
  • Corinne Cosseron and Julien Pechot, L’École Internationale du Rire

These truly motivational people are not only there to talk, they are coming to inspire and move us all with playfulness and attitude!

Please get in touch about The Playing Human Conference & Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary, our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Accreditation for Laughter Yoga Training

It was with great excitement I opened the package from FHT and retrieved the certificates for training courses for Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader, Accredited Laughter Yoga Teacher, Accredited Laughter Yoga Coach, and Accreditied Laughter Therapist along with the Accredited Training Provider sign.

That was a sentence almost abusing the word ‘accredited’.

Here is why it is so exciting…

First Laughter Yoga Leader Training in July 2007 in St Albans

Since I started teaching Laughter Yoga Leader Training in 2007 I have wanted to take the training to a different level with quality marks and standards that raise Laughter Yoga to being acknowledged as REAL adult education.

Laughter Yoga has become a choice for stress management and team building events with groups, as well as being a tool for one-on-one coaching, for personal and professional wellbeing.

With the Accreditation acceptance it “blue-stamps” the method as an approved skill for life and for work.

Look for an Approved Trainer for your Laughter Yoga course when you choose the provider for yourself or for your team.

Approved Trainers have a whole range of professional certifications including First Aid training as well as personal and interpersonal skills that are key to teaching Laughter Yoga.

They not only know it works, they experience the benefits daily, AND they undertake regular continued professional development to keep their skills up-to-date and fresh.

Read more about the benefits of Accredited Training and requirements on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/courses/accreditation-and-certification/.

If you would like to know more about Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy training and workshops please contact us via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk or mobile 07736 341 717.

Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader, Teacher, Coach

The courses are continuing to fill with laughter-willing people and the Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London on 25-26 April only has 3 more spaces available to book, the Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Preston on 2-3 May only has 2 spaces left.

However, there are many dates to choose between as long as there are spaces available in London, St Albans Preston, Durham and for your own group we can organise dates to suit us all. Dates for scheduled training are listed further down the page.

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training is now accredited which means there are a few extra requirements, although you can still choose to receive the standard certificate without the Accreditation Status.

The requirements for the Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader are

  • The training must have been facilitated by an FHT Accreditation Approved Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
  • Complete verbal assessment at 2-day training
  • Complete written assessment at 2-day training
  • Complete video assessment recorded at firsts Laughter Club session or workplace session (the Laughter Yoga Leader’s own workplace)
  • Assessment by teacher and approved verifying teacher
  • Start a Laughter Club
  • Hold valid public and professional liability and indemnity insurance

The requirements for becoming an Accredited Laughter Yoga Teacher are

  • Completed 2-day Certified or Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader Training with a Certified or Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader Teacher or Master Trainer
  • The training must have been facilitated by an FHT Accreditation Approved Certified Laughter Yoga Master Trainer
  • Complete verbal assessment of standard 2-day training presentation at 5-day training
  • Complete written assessment at 5-day training
  • Complete video assessment recorded at firsts Laughter Club session or workplace session (the Laughter Yoga Leader’s own workplace)
  • Complete 40-day diary as a combination of video and written observations during the course of the 40-day challenge which involves all breathing exercises, laughter alone exercises and Gibberish
  • Assessment by teacher and approved verifying teacher
  • Run a Laughter Club
  • Hold a valid First Aid Level 3 Certificate
  • Hold valid public and professional liability and indemnity insurance specifically for teaching purposes
  • Member of ICO. A commitment to handling data correctly and in accordance with GDPR data protection specifications
  • Ideally (but not required) have a certificate in teaching, e.g. PTLLS Award, NVQ or similar in adult teaching and education

It may seem a lot but it really is not that much. You can read more about why it is a good idea with Accreditation on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/courses/accreditation-and-certification/.

Please get in touch about our 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader and 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher courses, and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

World Laughter Day…

The iconic World Laughter Day in Copenhagen, January 2000

It has been 21 years since the first World Laughter Day was celebrated in India, 19 years since I first experience World Laughter Day on the first Sunday in January 2000 in Copenhagen, and 14 years since The Laughter Club in St Albans first celebrated World Laughter Day on the first Sunday in May.

Those are just a few past years and we are really chuffed to be celebrating another World Laughter Day in St Albans on 5 May 2019 jointly with over 100 countries around the world.

Please join us in Wadley Hut on 5 May 2019 at 1pm to 2:30pm for a bit of laughter and celebration fun.

…and Laughter Club International (UK)

A reminder that we meet and share laughter in the 1st St Albans Scouts Wadley Hut in The Laughter Club International (UK) in St Albans on Sunday 7th April at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

So exciting that we were joined in February by Orlando and Radwa who are MA Student at University of Westminster doing a radio project.

There are over 110 Laughter Clubs in the UK with their own webpage where you can find details.

Please get in touch about the laughter clubs and other options via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Miss Charity Drag UK

The first Miss Drag UK event and Miss Dee aka Mr dod aka Laughter Yoga Teacher Kevin dOdemont  goes on to win the title of Miss Charity Drag UK.

Big condragulations!

Next step is the Drag Idol event where Miss Dee will be taking lipsyncing to the next level, i.e. singing…

In the end there is always Laughter Yoga for the greatness in everyone!

Laughter Yoga at the 2020 Olympics

One Minute Laughter for World Peace at the Opening of 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Laughter Yoga leaders from Japan have already had two successful meetings with the officials’ in charge of the opening ceremony in Tokyo.

To support the petition please sign via link.

The Accredited Training Formula

Accreditation is here!

Together with some great Laughter Yoga Teachers I train individuals and teams all over the world to lead laughter sessions as Laughter Yoga Leaders or Laughter Yoga Teachers.

You are always in good hands with approved Laughter Yoga Teachers!

The Laughter Yoga Training is still certified with a standard international certificate issued by Laughter Yoga International and co-signed by your teacher(s).

You can simply get your certificate and be ready but there are a few more requirements if you want the additional accreditation certificate. The training is accredited in the UK.

Getting the training accredited has been a big step in standardising the way we teach Laughter Yoga in the UK and how we bring the techniques to people as a tool approved for CPD purposes.

The courses from UnitedMind that have been approved as FHT Accredited Training are

  • 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
  • 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training
  • Laughter Therapist Training

This is exciting news at a time when mental and physical health is top of the priority list for many workplaces and public sector organisations.

With accreditation we are taking Laughter Yoga to another level of natinowide approval within the education system.

If you would like to train with me I would love to teach you and share my 16 years experience with you in London (together with Mel Bloch), St. Albans, Durham, Preston and your venue if you want to organise your own dates with your group of minimum 4 people, as well as one-on-one in Hemel Hempstead.

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and is a requirement for the Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training:

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and is a requirement for the Certified Laughter Yoga Coach Training:

Please make your booking via secure link on www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/training/laughteryogateacher.

Book your training on time

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

Whether you want to start your own Laughter Club or simply wish to bring more laughter into your own life, workplace, community or business, the training courses are fantastic and so useful in life and at work.

Personal and professional development at its best!

For information about Laughter Yoga, our clubs, courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, or 07736 341 717.

UnitedMind teaches Certified Laughter Yoga courses in the following locations:

  • Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher
    • London, St. Albans, Preston, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Coach
    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • Hemel Hempstead
  • Accredited Laughter Coach and Certified Gibberish Coach Training
    • Hemel Hempstead, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/):

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Accredited Laughter Yoga Teacher

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-teacher/):

5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012

Fees for residential training are including accommodation.

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Accredited Laughter Therapist

The 2-day Laughter Therapist Training is only the beginning of the 6-12 months programme (full details on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/)

2-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 6-12-month programme)

Certified Gibberish Coach

The 1-day Gibberish Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers runs on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach/):

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers

Accredited Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Teachers runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

1-day Accredited Laughter Coaching Training
for Laughter Yoga Teachers

Or you can book your 8-week One On One Laughter Coaching Programme and get closer to your real laughter through the practice of Laughter Yoga exercises.

All fees listed in the newsletter are early bird fees available until one month before training dates and excluding travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise stated. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace.

If you want to be sure to get a place on the course of your choice please book now in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

For more information about certified training courses please contact us via info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Full details of all workshops and training programmes, and how to register, are listed on UnitedMind’s website.

Meet Dave Cornthwaite, the YES Man

In February we introduced the Miracle Man and now it is time to get ready for the YES Man.

The Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary and The Playing Human Conference in London on 5-7 June 2020 may seem a long time away but we have a good few awesome people to introduce beforehand.

Please meet Dave Cornthwaite who was briefly introduced in our March Laughter News.

Dave is a total Adventurer. I have known a lot of adventurous people but being an Adventurer is completely different, is what I discovered through speaking with Dave and getting to know more about him through the web.

His first famous event was Expedition1000 where Dave has taken on adventures of over 1,000 miles each in 25 different non-motorised ways.

However, Dave is about breaking barriers and building communities, and what better way than SayYesMore. Started in 2012 as a way to encourage people to do more of what they say they will and actually doing it.

This project went on to become the Yestival where the Yestribe first came together in 2015. The Yestribe is a global community of people who love the outdoors and adventures that come with being outdoors.

Get some ideas from Dave at The Playing Human Conference, nothing stops him from living life to the full. Surfing on top of life is his way and he will be sharing how we can all become more living and alive.

Dave travels, speaks, writes, presents and films for a living. His keynote speech is a motivating and inspirational kick up the backside for anyone who ever wondered whether they were capable of doing more.

I cannot wait to connect with the side of life that is often hidden from me because of serious commitments. Really looking forward to discovering the real adventure that is me and inside me. How about you?

“If you are really really stuck just say ‘Yes’ a bit more and amazing things happen, doors will open. Life will always be better if you do that one”, Dave Cornthwaite.

Please visit www.davecornthwaite.com to learn more about Dave.

The Playing Human Conference takes place at Conway Hall in London on 5-7 June 2020. Book on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/the-playing-human-conference-2020/.

Laughter Club International (UK) St Albans

The Laughter Club in St Albans runs monthly on the first Sunday except in August.

On the first Sunday of May every year we celebrate World Laughter Day

Everyone is welcome in the Laughter Club International (UK) in St. Albans and it only costs £5 per person which goes towards the venue costs.

Accreditation and Certification

So what is all this hoohaa with accreditation?

For many years I have been wanting the accreditation stamp for the Laughter Yoga Training courses in the UK.

I already had Laughter Therapist Training accredited by an American organisation back in 2016 when I launched the course under the UnitedMind umbrella of training courses and now it has been accredited in the UK together with the Laughter Yoga training courses.

FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) is the awarding organisation and I am so thrilled this process is now complete. It has taken almost four months from first application and until the criteria for tutors and training have been met fully in order to comply.

There are currently two Laughter Yoga Teacher who can teach Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader Training but the list will grow in the coming months.

Laughter Yoga Teachers Sue Haswell and Lotte Mikkelsen

The requirements for the Accredited Laughter Yoga Training are first and foremost to comply with the training standards of delivery and assessment.

Laughter Yoga Leader Accreditation

  • The training must have been facilitated by an FHT Accreditation Approved Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
  • Complete verbal assessment at 2-day training
  • Complete written assessment at 2-day training
  • Complete video assessment recorded at firsts Laughter Club session or workplace session (the Laughter Yoga Leader’s own workplace)
  • Assessment by teacher and approved verifying teacher
  • Start a Laughter Club
  • Hold valid public and professional liability and indemnity insurance
  • Preferable. Member of ICO. A commitment to handling data correctly and in accordance with GDPR data protection specifications

Laughter Yoga Teacher Accreditation

  • Completed 2-day Certified or Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader Training with a Certified or Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader Teacher or Master Trainer
  • The training must have been facilitated by an FHT Accreditation Approved Certified Laughter Yoga Master Trainer
  • Complete verbal assessment of standard 2-day training presentation at 5-day training
  • Complete written assessment at 5-day training
  • Complete video assessment recorded at firsts Laughter Club session or workplace session (the Laughter Yoga Leader’s own workplace)
  • Complete 40-day diary as a combination of video and written observations during the course of the 40-day challenge which involves all breathing exercises, laughter alone exercises and Gibberish
  • Assessment by teacher and approved verifying teacher
  • Run a Laughter Club
  • Hold a valid First Aid Level 3 Certificate
  • Hold valid public and professional liability and indemnity insurance specifically for teaching purposes
  • Preferable. Member of ICO. A commitment to handling data correctly and in accordance with GDPR data protection specifications
  • Preferable. Hold a certificate in teaching, e.g. PTLLS Award, NVQ or similar in adult teaching and education

Laughter Yoga Coach Accreditation

  • The training must have been facilitated by an FHT Accreditation Approved Certified Laughter Yoga Master Trainer or Laughter Yoga Coaching Tutor
  • Complete video assessment recorded at first Laughter Coaching session or workplace session (the Laughter Yoga Teacher’s own workplace) either as a group or individual Laughter Coaching session
  • Complete an 8-week diary as a combination of video and written observations during the course of the 8-week Laughter Yoga Coaching programme which involves warm up exercises, breathing exercises, laughter alone exercises and Gibberish
  • Assessment by teacher and approved verifying teacher
  • Hold valid public and professional liability and indemnity insurance specifically for teaching purposes
  • Preferable. Member of ICO. A commitment to handling data correctly and in accordance with GDPR data protection specifications

Laughter Therapist Accreditation

  • The training must have been facilitated by an FHT Accreditation Approved Certified Laughter Therapist Teacher
  • Hold a professional certificate as holistic therapist, psychotherapist, counsellor, hypnotherapist or similar (online training is not accepted)
  • Personally complete all training exercises and the 8-week Laughter Therapy programme
  • Complete a minimum of two case studies as 1 x one-on-one case study, 1 x group-on-one case study, over an 8-week programme
  • Complete an 8-week diary as a combination of video and written observations during the course of the 8-week Laughter Therapy case studies as well as personal evaluation
  • Submitting dissertation with observations, recommendations and conclusion to include video and and written material
  • 2-hour presentation of dissertation
  • Assessment by teacher and approved verifying teacher
  • Hold valid public and professional liability and indemnity insurance
  • Preferable. Member of ICO. A commitment to handling data correctly and in accordance with GDPR data protection specifications

What are the benefits of Accreditation?

Accreditation can offer several important benefits, some of which are:

  • First of all it puts a stamp of approval on graduates. Graduating from an accredited institution indicates that graduates are expected to be ready to practice at a certain level.
  • Accreditation is about creating standards and best practices to follow. Ensuring the understanding and delivery is up to the level required to become a facilitator and tutor with professional attitude and skills.
  • Accreditation is a means to building your reputation as a professional tutor and be known as a premier provider. This may be a real deal breaker for potential clients choosing your training and workshops.
  • Knowing the services are being provided in a way that complies with high standards and professional conduct.
  • Accreditation protects the interests of students, the training provider themselves, as well as potential clients looking for professionals, as it ensures that the training offered have met and exceeded standards that were developed by experts in the field of the topic.
  • Although accreditation does not ensure that every Laughter Therapist, Laughter Yoga Leader, Coach or Teacher completing on the programmes will become successful with Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy, it does guarantee that the graduate has demonstrated a certain set of skills and abilities which are defined and reflected in the accreditation criteria.
  • Furthermore, in this world of alternative methods and practices the accreditation may indeed be the reason some choose the courses.

In any case, I am really chuffed that the Laughter Yoga Training courses are now accredited and provided by approved Laughter Yoga Teachers in the UK.

Laughter News March 2019

Laughter at Corporate Wellbeing Week organised by Business Partner, The Wellness Movement

Welcome to March 2019

…and news, stories, upcoming events and event reviews from UnitedMind Ltd. Laughter Yoga, Laughter Yoga in London, all over the UK and sometimes in Denmark, The Laughter Club International (UK) and The Telephone Laughter Club.

UnitedMind is on the forefront with laughter, happiness and joy!

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In March News we share the following…

  1. Spring Swirls from Yours Truly
  2. Meet Key Note, Dave Cornthwaite – The Yes Man
  3. Cancer and Laughter Yoga
  4. Laughter Yoga Leader – a great choice for life
  5. Gibberish Coach Training in Durham
  6. Laughter Yoga at 2020 Olympics
  7. The Certified Training Formula almost Accredited
  8. Remember booking Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapist training!

You can enjoy reading our news on our secure site on UnitedMind.co.uk!

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general as well as a few moments of change on The Laughter Blog.

A few memories and places to listen and look…

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK, The Telephone Laughter Club, Laughter Clubs in the UK, and please stay with us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Please also follow and like UnitedMind on Social Media

A brief overview of our March 2019 diary

February has been wonderfully full of laughter workshops and training around the country.

Even with a busy March ahead, we are always ready to discuss something involving laughter and no distance is too far by car, train, plane, foot bicycle or tricycle – even by a ship-shipping ship shipping shipping ships, I think!

To give you an idea of availability please visit our Events Calendar.

Available in London, across the UK, and Elsewhere

In March there is lots of laughter to be shared and with International Happiness Day we will be sharing a lot of laughter around the whole of the UK and London in workshops and training events.

UnitedMind has the largest network of Laughter Yoga Partners in the UK and we always do our best to find a good day, time, and a great Laughter Facilitator.

We also work with some outstanding partners who are second to none at organising corporate wellbeing events, ask us and they step in to plan and bring it all together for your team together with you.

No distance is too far for sharing laughter and positive change.

Give the gift of laughter to someone you care about.

Laughter coaching, workshops and training offer great value in life and in the workplace. We can run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

Please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Spring Swirls from Yours Truly

Laughter Yoga is a key that unlocks the true you – potentially!

Everything comes at a price, or does it? Well, laughter brings you an abundance of prizes wihen you practice sustained laughter every day.

Too often we let other people be the key to our laughter and wait for them to make us laugh, e.g. photo – which person are you, smile or frown?

Laughter is too precious and important to leave to the change meeting which is why we take action and start each day with a laugh.

Even when it feels like hard work from the bottom of your toes…

Guess what! Your toes will start wiggling and your whole body creates a jiggle as you let the laughter rift through your body ripping your seriousness from your joyful personality.

One quarter or even one sixth of an hour is all you need to kick up your own self to soaring heights.

NB If you are as bad at fractions as I am it really just equals 10-15 minutes…

It seems like springtime so it must be close.

Today (as I am writing this) I had a beautiful experience of weather laughs with my group of adults with learning disabilities, and undoubtedly the sunshine laughter hit all high notes.

We have been waiting for the light.

I wish you a healthy and positive outlook in life, work, and everywhere you go – from the bottom of my grateful heart.  Thank you for your laughter!

Love, Laughter and Peace

Lotte

Your Everyday Laughter Queen #youreverydaylaughterqueen

The Playing Human Conference – why not?

A great line up is waiting to be introduced. We started in February when we introduced The Miracle Man, Ant Bennett, and this month you are in for another treat when we introduce a true YES-sayer.

Meet Dave Cornthwaite – The Yes Man

Dave thought it was well-early ahead of time to be asked to be part of The Playing Human Conference in June 2020 but as the Founder of SayYesMore how could he refuse…

In 2012 Dave started sharing a personal motto – and it became a movement!

SayYesMore had been a life-affirming message for many years for him and it was a reminder for Dave that small changes to lifestyle can in fact make a big difference as well as being a gentle push at times when it feels rather hopeless.

SayYesMore is a growing community based on positive people supporting each other. There are over 10,000 people all over the world in the YesTribe community but it is more than just about saying yes, it is about helping each other create better, more positive lives.

The YesTribe community holds annual festivals, the Yestival and have converted a double-decker bus into a community space where people are encouraged to spend more time in the countryside, at the same time as actively working towards their potential.

And there is more to Dave than SayYesMore, he is a real-life adventurer who steps into any challenge with positivity and passion.

There is lots more to come!

Read more about Dave on davecornthwaite.com.

Make sure you book soon – even if 2020 seems a long way away.

Did you notice who else is coming?

  • Ant Bennett, The Miracle Man
  • Sue Haswell, Big Results and Mindfulness Leader
  • Kate Hull Rodges, HumourUs and Author
  • Albert Nerenberg, Film Maker and Laughologist
  • Maggie Irving, Class Clown and Performance Coach
  • Miriam Akhtar, Positive Psychologist and Happiness Expert
  • Yesim Kunter, Toy Designer and Creative Strategist
  • Dr and Mrs Kataria, Founders of Laughter Yoga International
  • Eser Mutlu, Laughter Yoga Master Trainer Turkey
  • Corinne Cosseron and Julien Pechot, L’École Internationale du Rire

These truly motivational people are not only there talk, they are coming to inspire and move us all!

Please get in touch about The Playing Human Conference & Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary, our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Cancer and Laughter Yoga

In life we have more than one best friend and they fill differenct spaces and places in our hearts.

My best friend just lost her best friend. Last year my other best friend lost her best friend. To cancer.

To loose someone close, whether a friend, a family member, a colleague, is heart breaking and it happens all the time because it is a fact of life.

When I went to share Laughter Yoga at Whittington NHS Macmillan at their 4th Macmillan Cancer Care Conference early in February I was looking forward to seeing faces I met the previous years.

Some were not there anymore.

Cancer is something we all want to beat and it just seems to take too long and in the meantime people fall away.

There are also some amazing stories of survival and some of them come from the world of Laughter Yoga.

First year of the cancer care conference, 2016

Although Laughter Yoga may not be the cure for all things, one thing is for sure, when we share laughter and practice Laughter Yoga daily we lower stress and we increase the levels of lymphocytes, cells that play a large role in defending our body against – and that can only be a good thing!

Macmillan is amazing and the members of the Whittington NHS Macmillan team will go to the end of the world to make their patients, carers, families, staff have a good experience amidst the not so great experience of living with cancer.

Third year cake, 2018.

Every year they put on an event that highlights the true sense of being more than just a number and a diagnosis.

This is what the team is all about!

We are not numbers and definitely not statistical data.

At Whittington NHS Macmillan everyone is special!

I love sharing Laughter Yoga with Macmillan because it does make a big difference even if it is only the tiniest of spark for embracing laugther in life that is ignited.

We WILL beat Cancer!

If you would like to know more about coping with life, stress management, team building, and other key factors in work and life, using Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy please contact me via email, lotte@unitedmind.co.uk or mobile 07736 341 717.

Laughter Yoga Leader – a great choice for life

The courses are booming with laughter-willing people and the Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London in March closed early for registrations.

In all the years I have been teaching Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers there is no better sensation than watching the change in people from first entering the room until they leave the course in the afternoon of the final day.

Even if it stops there. Even if the new Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders change their minds about sharing Laughter Yoga with others, even if they only came for themselves – to reconnect with their joy and their true laughter, that is okay.

There is opportunity for adding skills to bring to work, to start your own business with new methods added, changing communities, workplaces, families, and more.

However, re-igniting your joy and your laughter is the core of the training.

The rest is just ‘glitter on top’.

Please get in touch about our 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader and 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher courses, and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Gibberish Coach Training in Durham

Gibberish training is awesome!

There is no other word for it because it is mind-moving, fun, serious, challenging, and most of all it is triggering new ideas and visions.

It has been a few years since the 1-day Certified Gibberish Coach training ran in North-East and now we are back.

Read more about the training and make sure you book it on time www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach.

Special price is £75 and you can book in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

Laughter Yoga at the 2020 Olympics

One Minute Laughter for World Peace at the Opening of 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Laughter Yoga leaders from Japan have already had two successful meetings with the officials’ in charge of the opening ceremony in Tokyo.

To support the petition please sign via link.

Miss Dee runs for Miss Drag UK

Miss Drag UK is happening in Folkestone on 10th March 2019.

There will be Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers plus one Master Trainer to support Miss Dee Licious. Our very own Laughter Yoga Teacher, Mr dod, has been touring Norfolk to spread awareness of his special brand.

If you cannot make it to Folkestone you may still be able to support the great cause of diversity. Laughter Yoga is all about inclusion!

Visit Mr dod and Miss Dee and show your support on www.mrdodfitness.com.

Laughter Club International (UK)

A reminder that we meet and share laughter in the 1st St Albans Scouts Wadley Hut in The Laughter Club International (UK) in St Albans on Sunday 3rd March at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

So exciting that we were joined in February by Orlando and Radwa who are MA Student at University of Westminster doing a radio project.

There are over 110 Laughter Clubs in the UK with their own webpage where you can find details.

Please get in touch about the laughter clubs and other options via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

The Certified Training Formula

Accreditation is coming!

Together with some great Laughter Yoga Teachers I train individuals and teams all over the world to lead laughter sessions as Laughter Yoga Leaders or Laughter Yoga Teachers.

The Laughter Yoga Training is certified with an international certificate issued by Laughter Yoga International and co-signed by your teacher(s).

Getting the training accredited is a big step in standardising the way we teach Laughter Yoga in the UK and how we bring the techniques to people as a tool approved for CPD purposes.

Watch this space, it is happening!

The training that is currently being reviewed is

  • 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
  • 1-day Certified Laughter Yoga Coach Training
  • Laughter Therapist Training

This is exciting news at a time when mental and physical health is top of the priority list for many workplaces and public sector organisations.

With accreditation we are taking Laughter Yoga to another level of natinowide approval within the education system.

If you would like to train with me I would love to teach you and share my 16 years experience with you in London (together with Mel Bloch), St. Albans, Durham, Preston and your venue if you want to organise your own dates with your group of minimum 4 people, as well as one-on-one in Hemel Hempstead.

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and is a requirement for the Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training:

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and is a requirement for the Certified Laughter Yoga Coach Training:

Please make your booking via secure link on www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/training/laughteryogateacher.

Book your training on time

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

Whether you want to start your own Laughter Club or simply wish to bring more laughter into your own life, workplace, community or business, the training courses are fantastic and so useful in life and at work.

Personal and professional development at its best!

For information about Laughter Yoga, our clubs, courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, or 07736 341 717.

UnitedMind teaches Certified Laughter Yoga courses in the following locations:

  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher
    • London, St. Albans, Preston, Durham, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    This training is a requirement for becoming a Laughter Yoga Coach
    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • Hemel Hempstead
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • Hemel Hempstead, Online
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

The 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/):

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training runs on the following dates and venues (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-teacher/):

5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
solely provided by UnitedMind in the UK since 2012

Fees for residential training are including accommodation.

Feel free to enquire about special offers at any time.

Accredited Laughter Therapist

The 2-day Laughter Therapist Training is only the beginning of the 6-12 months programme (full details on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-therapist/)

2-day Certified Laughter Therapist Training (NB 6-12-month programme)

Certified Gibberish Coach

The 1-day Gibberish Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers runs on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/gibberish-coach/):

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
for Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers

Certified Laughter Yoga Coach

The 1-day Laughter Yoga Coach Training for Laughter Yoga Teachers runs online on the following dates (full details are listed on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-coach-cpd/):

1-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training
for Laughter Yoga Teachers

Or you can book your 8-week One On One Laughter Coaching Programme and get closer to your real laughter through the practice of Laughter Yoga exercises.

All fees listed in the newsletter are early bird fees available until one month before training dates and excluding travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise stated. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace.

If you want to be sure to get a place on the course of your choice please book now in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

For more information about certified training courses please contact us via info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Full details of all workshops and training programmes, and how to register, are listed on UnitedMind’s website.

Meet Ant Bennett, the Miracle Man

The time has come for our keynote speakers to be introduced.

The Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary and The Playing Human Conference in London on 5-7 June 2020 may seem a long time away but we have some amazing people to introduce in the meantime.

Please meet Ant Bennett who was briefly introduced in our February Laughter News.

Anthony’s life changed after he was diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses after a trip to EuroDisney. He needed to be resuscitated 12 times and was given a 10% chance of survival after returning from the school trip to Paris in 2006.

Nothing shorter than a miracle happened when Ant made a full recovery that shocked medical experts.

He went on to help secure a £7.5m charity partnership between Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Whitbread hotels and restaurants.

He spent 5 years working for the company, motivating over 20,000 team members around the UK, building engagement and leading multiple campaigns to support the charity partnership, and even smashed the original £7.5m target by raising £8.5m to help fund a new wing at the children’s hospital.

Ant now works for himself as a full-time inspirational keynote speaker having held more than 200 sessions.

His passion is helping people to unlock their full potential and finding a motivating focus point towards achieving long and short term goals.

Please visit www.iamantbennett.com to learn more about Ant.

The Playing Human Conference takes place at Conway Hall in London on 5-7 June 2020. Book on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/product/the-playing-human-conference-2020/.

Laughter Club International (UK) St Albans

The Laughter Club in St Albans runs monthly on the first Sunday except in August.

On the first Sunday of May every year we celebrate World Laughter Day

Everyone is welcome in the Laughter Club International (UK) in St. Albans and it only costs £5 per person which goes towards the venue costs.