Laughter News August 2017

Welcome to August 2017

…and news from UnitedMind Ltd., Laughter Yoga (UK) Ltd., Gibberish Communications Ltd., and The Laughter Club International (UK).

Information in this newsflash about

  • Learning to be Laughter Yoga Leader
  • Becoming Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
  • Being Laughter Yoga Master Trainer
  • Laughter Yoga Open Day in Birmingham
  • FIND dates easily for teacher, leader, therapist, coach, Gibberish!

We look forward to telling you all about what we are up to with laughter!

This month is important for anyone who wants to learn Laughter Yoga and anyone who wants to book a professional to facilitate as the degree of experience varies tremendously.

Our newsletter is a combination of news, stories and upcoming events. We hope you will enjoy our content on a monthly basis, and look forward to seeing you on courses and training, workshops, Laughter Clubs or other laughter events.

Please also feel free to follow the scribbles about laugh life and life in general on The Laughter Blog as well as The Healthy Laughing Blog.

And just to mention

Our pages are constantly going through changes so please feel free to stop at Laughter Yoga (UK), StaffLaugh, Gibberish Communications, Life Healer, and World Laughter Day UK and please visit us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

Learning to be Laughter Yoga Leader

When you want to bring more laughter into your own life and share with other learning to be Laughter Yoga Leader is a great choice.

Two days of learning laughter exercises, background of the Laughter Yoga concept, health and therapeutic benefits plus what to be aware of, and how to lead a Laughter Yoga session.

Once you complete the 2-day training you are recommended to start a Laughter Club in order for you to gain experience and confidence in delivering laughter sessions. The impact of running a Laughter Club is far more extensive, though, as you start feeling the benefits of regular laughter practices getting under your skin.

Change happens when we persist with the daily laughs and you get access to The Telephone Laughter Club for the month following your training so you can stay in the ‘laughter-conversation’.

There are regular Laughter Clubs running around the country and it would be fantastic to add your Laughter Club to the map when you start this rewarding group for your near and dear and for your community.

Google Map of Laughter Clubs in the UK.

If you have any questions or need more information about our courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Becoming Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher

It is not that simple and yet it is!

The latest five days of teaching Laughter Yoga Leaders to become Laughter Yoga Teachers made it clear that the step is one that is of greatness and strength.

In many ways you come to learn more indepth Laughter Yoga tools and techniques than what you have learned when you ventured onto the two days of Laughter Yoga Leader Training whether it was long ago or more recent. However, you leave with friendship, life changes, and love in your heart – an excitement that exceeds all expectations.

To become a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher you must be a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.

The Laughter Yoga you learn in two days’ leader training merely scratches the surface but it is essential to have the basic knowledge in order to sink yourself into the depth of becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher.

What is so different?

First of all, the 5-day teacher training ideally takes place at a retreat where you spend day and night together – mind you, not in a dorm but in separate or shared room with en-suite shower. This provides the opportunity to work closely together, to share a little bit of your heart and soul, and to leave baggage behind as you let go of differences.

This year, we introduced the non-residential 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training as a way of accommodating those who are in close proximity of the venue. All future Laughter Yoga Teacher Training courses will be residential as of January 2018.

If you have any questions or need more information about our courses, workshops and how you can learn, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Being Laughter Yoga Master Trainer

Where the Master Trainer journey began…

I am the Laughter Yoga Master Trainer in the UK – with more than 15 years experience in facilitating and teaching Laughter Yoga to groups and individuals.

I enjoyed working in the Technology Sector but I LOVE being on the Laughter Rollercoaster – it is perfect logic in a non-logical way.

When I first started teaching Laughter Yoga Leaders on the 2-day certified programme in 2007 I fell in love with my work over again. Teaching added a new angle to sharing laughter and I knew this was my calling so to speak.

For more than two I kept pestering Dr. Kataria because I wanted to to teach teachers.

Dr Kataria was profoundly peaceful and over and over I heard the words from him “In time, in time.”

No way would I want to wait for the “in-time-moment” so I pestered on and on and on.

However, time and patience goes hand in hand and I learned the virtue of being patient after some time with no luck in asking. I grew within the remit of waiting and wanting, wanting and waiting, and suddenly I was agreeable with the task and ready.

Today I can understand why.

The change from mind to heart has been another journey I would not have been without. It has taught me lessons in leaving be, letting go, being, non-judment, compassion, acceptance, patience, love. I have cried many tears of heart ache and laughed many laughs of despair – none of which were from my ego but simply from a place of disbelief and sorrow.

Being brought up to believe in the good in all people is what I still believe – with all that still goes on in the world .

There is a large number of requirements to fulfill in order to even be considered as Laughter Yoga Master Trainer.

It is at the invitation and discretion of Dr. Madan Kataria and you must have

  • conducted a minimum of 30 Laughter Leader Trainings
  • inspired the commencement of more than 50 Laughter Clubs
  • a documented history of a minimum of 250 Laughter Yoga volunteer sessions
  • been an active Laughter Yoga Teacher for at least three years
  • paid a large fee for the intensive training over six months or more

And it doesn’t stop there – your personal growth must reflect in your being as a selfless and compassionate teacher.

Laughter Yoga Teachers Interlaken 2011

Over the years my pursuit of sharing Laughter Yoga has brought me peace of mind and body, a way of being that accompanies the practice when you do it wholeheartedly and with integrity – I am authentically Laughter Yoga.

But first and foremost the most important change is in relation to you, to the people who let themselves emerge in Laughter Yoga and trust me to be there on your journey.

You and I made Laughter Yoga happen in the UK!

The change that happens instantly when you are willing, and give yourself permission to share laughter in a group or on one-on-one basis, is sacred and beautiful.

Without the need and hope for change I would not be Laughter Yoga Master Trainer.

Thank you.

By the way, just to clarify, UnitedMind & Laughter Yoga Ltd is my business and as such runs on paying clients and that is okay. Even Master Trainers need to eat. Besides the training and workshops offer real value and long-term benefits which come at a small price if you really, really think about it.

For more information please contact me on email, lotte@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Laughter Yoga Open Day in Birmingham 28 October 2017

Reminding you of the Laughter Yoga Open Day in Birmingham. It is a great space with awesome speakers who will be sharing their experience and thoughts on 28 October 2017.

  • Maggie Thompson (AKA ‘Merrie Maggie’), Laughter Yoga Teacher, is the great organiser and will be introducing the day
  • Anna Whittaker, Professor in Behavioral Medicine, will talk about the effects of stress on the body, e.g. immune system and stress hormones
  • Lotte Mikkelsen, Laughter Yoga Master Trainer, will speak about the effect of laughter on neurological disorders
  • Robin Graham, Laughter Yoga Teacher, will share insights about groups he has worked with, their feedback and the idea of taking laughter to groups where people are living with challenges
  • Wes Floyd, Founder Laughter Time with Tim Barker, Laughter Yoga Teacher, will cover a report of Laughter Festival 2017 and plans for 2018. ‘Laughter Time’ and laughter exercises

The Laughter Yoga Open Day happens on

  • Saturday, 28 October 2017 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • at Carrs Lane Conference Centre, The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B3 7SX (just across the road from Moor Street Station)
  • and only costs £30.00 per ticket (plus service fee)

For more information about the Laughter Yoga Open Day please visit http://www.merriemaggie.co.uk/laughter-yoga-open-day/.

For more information about our business partners, Laughter Association UK, our training and workshop programmes, and our network of Laughter Professionals, please contact us on email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0800 1214 714 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Dates for Certified Laughter Training

There are a few new dates you may not have noticed yet:

  • 31 July-1 August Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London
  • 05-06 October Laughter Yoga Leader Training in Blackpool
  • 22-26 January 2018 Laughter Yoga Teacher Training in Hemel Hempstead (residential)

I teach the courses run 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
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
    • Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans, Durham
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • St. Albans, Durham, Online
  • Certified Laughter Coach and Gibberish Coach Training
    • St Albans, Durham, Online

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

  • 31 July-1 August in London £175 early / £225
  • 23-24 September Laughter Yoga Leader St Albans £175 early / £225
  • 05-06 October Laughter Yoga Leader Blackpool £175 early / £225
  • 19-20 October Laughter Yoga Leader London £175 early / £225
  • 18-19 November 2017 in Durham £175 early /£225
  • More dates on www.unitedmind.co.uk/training/laughter-yoga-leader/
  • Your workplace or with your group at dates to suit you!

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

  • 23-27 October 2017 in St Albans non-residential £595 early / £750 full
  • 22-26 January 2018 in Hemel Hempstead £750 incl stay early / £1,000 full
  • 09-13 July 2018 in Hemel Hempstead £750 incl stay early / £1,000 full

Fees are excluding accommodation (only applies to Hemel Hempstead training) which you must book separately on https://www.unitedmind.co.uk/product-category/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 (NB 6-12-month programme)

  • 26-27 August 2017 St. Albans £550 early / £750
  • 09-10 August Durham £550 early / £750

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

  • 31 August 10am-3pm Online £95 early / £150
  • 02 September 10am-5pm Durham £95 early / £150
  • 21 October 10am-5pm St Albans £95 early /£150

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 Leaders and Teachers

  • 27 July 2017 10am-3pm Online £95 early /£150

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.

  • 8-week One-On-One Laughter Coaching Programme

Your workplace at dates to suit you!

All of the training courses are great addition to any type of therapy or workshop facilitation, health work as well as business related demands, as the courses take you through learning a skillset that can successfully be utilised and adopted to any group whether it is about laughter, play, relaxation, mindfulness, or balance in life in general.

All fees are excluding travel and accommodation costs. Other deals may be available as well as special agreements with companies and organisations who wish to train teams and individuals in their workplace, or concessions.

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 email, 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.