Laughter News January 2019

Welcome to January 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.

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In January News we share the following…

  1. A Reflection from Yours Truly
  2. Workplace Laughter Workshops and Training
  3. Why The Playing Human Conference happens NOW
  4. London and the UK – we cover from edge to edge
  5. Laughter Club in St Albans and in the UK
  6. The Certified Training Formula on the way to Accreditation
  7. 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.

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A brief overview of our January 2019 diary

2019 is looking to start out real busy but remember we are always ready to discuss something involving laughter and no distance is too far by car, train, plane, bicycle or foot!

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

Available in London, across the UK, and Elsewhere

In January I will be sharing a lot of laughter around the whole of the UK and London in workshops and training events.

People who have fun get more done!

No distance is too far for sharing laughter and transformation.

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 Reflection from Yours Truly

Laughter Yoga is fantastic!

As I was looking at my diary for 2019 this morning I glanced at the year we are just about to complete – with great gratitude.

2018 has been an outstanding year in so many ways and the laughter we have shared has been truly exceptional…

  • 12 x Laughter Club
  • 1 x The Playing Human Conference
  • 2 x Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
  • 22 x Laughter Yoga Leader Training
  • 6 x Laughter Therapy, Gibberish and Coach training
  • 85 x Laughter Workshops (20 of them run by my Laughter Colleagues)
  • 1 x Laughter Workshop still to run before 1 January 2019

The rest of my time has been spent keeping 14 websites live and living, summing up accounts, replying to emails, taking calls, writing this newsletter, organising events, updating social media, and the odd free weekend now and then.

I am not intending to brag but simply expressing my delight that I am able to do what I enjoy doing, taking great pride in my work and feeling hugely humbled by the trust.

I love it – I love sharing Laughter Yoga and positive change! I would do even more when possible.

Can you tell?

No laughter-year without its share of challenges, though.

However, Laughter Yoga is so embedded in me as a coping strategy that even those conflicts that caused tears and painful experiences turned into valuable lessons to grow from and build stronger relationships where possible.

The joys and laughter exceed the challenges by far and this is where I find my thoughts go when I look back and pick out memories that shine.

There is no laughter that is irritating, too loud, too strange, excessive, weird or anything else than a wonderful harmony of joyful sounds.

Your sharing of your laughter over the years have brought healing and joy to me and more people that either of us can possibly imagine.

I feel blessed to have had all of this going on, thank you all for being part of the venture and for making laughter happen in so many places.

Practicing Laughter Yoga does not remove obstacles but instead make them more tolerable and easier to live with or even overcome.

Without you, the organisations, companies, workplaces, business partners, individuals, students, colleagues, family and friends I would not have been sharing as much laughter as I have been in 2018 and since 2000.

I am ready for a busy 2019 with even more to share.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Wishing you health, happiness and abundance in all areas of life now and beyond the coming year.

Love, Laughter and Peace

Lotte

Your Everyday Laughter Queen #youreverydaylaughterqueen

Workplace Laughter Workshops and Training

There was a comment following a corporate Workshop I recently held at the Q&A part at the end of the session about laughing at yourself.

A popular laughter exercise is Laugh at Yourself and it was interesting to discuss how some can find it difficult to laugh at the self and what defines us.

The point of the exercise is exactly that, to remove what we make things mean, to not laugh AT but to laugh as a coping tool.

Funny thing about Laughter Yoga and the words we use to describe Laughter Yoga…

We say ‘laugh for no reason’ when in reality we do laugh for reasons which are life-related.

So, instead someone made up that we laugh ‘unconditionally’ – SAME THING!

No conditions, no reasons.

Then we ‘fake’ the laughter but someone couldn’t say that because no one wants ‘fake’ so we ‘simulate’ the laughter or ‘pretend’ – SAME THING AGAIN!

Laughter is truth and honesty and all this pretending it is something or another makes me smile at the thought because these are exactly the things and issues we are addressing and attempting to remove or resolve with Laughter Yoga and the daily practice.

As the saying goes, “life happens outside the comfort zone”.

Laughter Yoga Teacher Get-Together Dec 2018

Laughter is a true blessing when shared with colleagues, friends and family just as much as when shared with strangers!

I am always happy to travel to you to teach, play and to speak at your short or long event. Where there are people, there is opportunity for sharing laughter, joy and connection!

Love Laughter Yoga and love life!

Read a bit more about me and my laughter venture with UnitedMind Laughter Yoga, Lotte Mikkelsen, on www.lottemikkelsen.com.

Together with colleagues and partners, as well as by myself, I provide long-term programmes to ensure the success of incorporating laughter as a professional statement and tool for creating results, both personally and professionally.

The workshops and keynotes we deliver have a deep-rooted foundation in real-life experience as well as in medical and scientific research.

UnitedMind and partners are proper experts in delivering Laughter Key Notes, Workshops and Training in the areas of

  • Mental health
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Stress management
  • Team building
  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Science behind laughter
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Laughter Therapy
  • Gibberish and more

If you are interested in information about our corporate services please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Why The Playing Human Conference happens NOW!

You may have read a bit about The first Playing Human Conference which was held in September 2018. Perhaps even the story of why it is important for us now.

You can revisit the article on www.unitedmind.co.uk/laughter-conference/why-the-playing-human-conference-is-key/.

People are stressed to their max capacity and as such keep forgetting about the important things in life including being playful.

There are many days where seriousness creeps in, even when attending a conference like The Playing Human Conference.

However, the event provides methods for adapting and adopting skills to remain playful and funloving – even when life throws serious stuff in our faces.

When you commit to the dates, they become real as they enter your diary.

Often we delay making the decision and suddenly the event is over or seats have sold out, or our diary has become full of other events and commitments.

This is true for a lot of things in life…

When you decide for anything it starts happening – NOW!

Why not save a bit of money, like £50, and make sure you save the dates?

Three days of celebrating Laughter Yoga 25th Anniversary with Founders, Dr and Mrs Kataria, followed by The Playing Human Conference with speakers who are joining us to play and to share their serious stories of what brought them to curiosity and courage in life – £100 right now.

Did you notice who is coming?

  • Anthony Bennett, Survivor and Inspirational Speaker
  • Dave Cornthwaite, Say Yes More Founder and Adventurer
  • 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

These awesome and inspiring people are not only there to tell a story, they are coming to share some fun and play with us all!

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

Please get in touch about our courses, workshops, conferences, laughter clubs and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

London and UK – Laughter Yoga everywhere

In December we welcomed new Laughter Yoga Leaders and shared laughter with companies and organisations in London and South West England and in Denmark.

What a great learning curve for us all, both facilitator and participants.

Fabulous experience!

Whenever I am invited or booked to run a workshop or training I learn as I teach.

There is such tremendous beauty in the change people experience when they are willing to be willing to explore something that may feel different than what we usually engage ourselves in on a daily basis.

A recent comment from a large corporate client:

I can’t thank you enough for the fantastic session you ran for me with my team. The feedback, comments and discussions I have had since highlight to me that people found it informative, useful and, frankly, brilliant. I will confess, I was a bit nervous about it myself, but your professionalism, knowledge, skills and passion shone thorough. It was amazing to watch the transformation of people in the room – it was a physical, real thing to witness – as they gained the confidence to move away from the walls and join in. Then at the end, I think everyone got the point and it had a significant impact on many in the room.

 

If you are interested in laughter workshops, training, coaching, keynotes, other events and how you can learn to promote health and happiness at home and in the workplace, please contact us on email info@unitedmind.co.uk, or phone 0800 1214 714.

Laughter Clubs around the 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 6th January at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

There are over 100 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

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 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, Blackpool 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.

Remember to 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.

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, Blackpool, 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.

Final 2018 Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London