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.

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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.

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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.