Laughter News January 2020

Welcome to January 2020

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

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In January News we share the following…

  1. Brief diary overview
  2. A Past Year Reflection from Yours Truly
  3. Meet Miriam Akhtar, Positive Psychology Trainer
  4. Corporate workshops teach you to be a better teacher
  5. Laughter Yoga Leader Training in London, St Albans, Bristol, Durham and Preston – and online
  6. Laughter Yoga Teacher Training in Hemel Hempstead and Durham
  7. The Accredited Training Formula
  8. Laughter Club in St Albans, London, and in the UK
  9. Secure your Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapist training

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A few memories and places to listen and look…

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A brief overview of our January 2020 diary

And that was the end of 2019!

Laughter Yoga Master Trainers at the Laughter Yoga Congress end of 2019

Another year full of Laughter Yoga, Laughter Therapy, Gibberish and most importantly of connecting and sharing positive change.

As we are quickly approaching January, 2020 is already filling up with exciting workshop and training bookings around the country and I cannot wait to share these awesome life skill with laughter-willing people as well as those less willing.

Give the gift of laughter to someone you care about all year.

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

Available in London, across the UK, and Elsewhere

We literally travel the country and climb endless stairs to teach Laughter Yoga!

Our teachers are busy and with good reason, they are super-knowledgable, relatable, kind and professional, making sure you get maximum value from your training choice(s).

Our training courses are scheduled in London, St. Albans, Bristol, Durham and Preston. However, we can run our training courses and workshops at your venue if you cannot join us on scheduled dates around the country.

Mental health was one of the key themes for many large conferences in 2019, we all have mental health, and Laughter Yoga provides a platform for maintaining a healthy outlook with a perspective full of opportunity for positive change.

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 the most suitable Laughter Facilitator for you so please look beyond our diary when you are looking to organise a Laughter Workshop or Laughter Yoga Training for your group.

Together we are stronger and more able to address your requirements!

All Laughter Yoga training provided by UnitedMind Laughter Yoga Teachers is certified by Laughter Yoga International.

In additon all Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy training is ALSO accredited and approved for professional CPD in the UK by FHT. Ask for a list of UnitedMind Approved Teachers and always check your teacher’s credentials.

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

A Past Year Reflection from Yours Truly

Welcome to a new decade, a new opportunity for laughter!

Even if our connection is simply on the UnitedMind mailing list for the time being.

Or perhaps we have connected via training, workshops or conferences, laughter clubs or telephone laughter, you are in my life because we share a common interest in something bigger than ourselves perhaps.

We will laugh again in 2020!

Last year I outlined the 2018 achievements and I am inclined to do so today, too, not to boast and brag, but to give you a sense of the growth and potential magnitude of change we create when we share laughter.

There were unparralelled opportunities for Laughter Yoga in 2019:

  • 158 x Laughter Workshops (44 of them run by my Laughter Colleagues)

That is pretty neat, I think.

Plus the 15 leader courses, 3 teacher courses, 8 therapist and coach courses, 11 laughter clubs.

In addition the rest of my time has been spent keeping 15 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 visiting friends and family.

However, these are just numbers and nothing can be added up to show a figure that truly expresses the sense of fulfillment, gratitude and joy I feel thinking about the people I have been blessed to meet and share moments of laughter with around London, the UK and Europe.

Laughter Yoga happens because you want it to happen.

My commitment to bringing Laughter Yoga to the world is a 100% non-negotiable dedication to the change that happens when we take on laughter as a way of being in this world of adult seriousness.

We pretend, and with pretence comes the reality of life changes – whether we choose seriousness or lightheartedness.

Keep sharing laughter liberally – until we share our next laugh together!

Love, Laughter and Peace

Lotte

Your Everyday Laughter Queen #youreverydaylaughterqueen

The Playing Human Conference – June 2020!

The Playing Human Conference 2018 was a blast and bringing back the memories of the people and the athmosphere is what the video below is all about. See for yourself…

When I returned from the International Laughter Yoga Congress in France early December 2019 I was excited to announce that Dr Kataria would be opening next years 25 Anniversary with us.

However, plans can quickly change and three weeks later the Kataria programme changed again so we will not have the pleasure of their company in London after all.

Now for the really exciting thing about 5-7 June 2020!

The speakers for The Playing Human Conference and Laughter Yoga 25 Anniversary in London on 5-7 June 2020 are outstanding human beings who are coming to share their wisdom, their spirit and their playful hearts with us.

Please meet Miriam Akhtar!

Miriam was one of the first positive psychologists in the UK.

She works as a trainer, coach and consultant and founded Positive Psychology Training to offer short courses in positive psychology combining the essential knowledge and tools in a short format that works for busy lives.

“Miriam is a real expert in her field. She has trained me and is excellent”. Melanie Franklin, Director of Agile Change Management.

Miriam brings skills and deep knowledge with her to our conference and I cannot wait to make her acquaintance when she joins us on Sunday 7th June 2020.

To read more about Miriam and her organisation please visit www.positivepsychologytraining.co.uk.

Only 53 tickets left!

There are surprises coming up so please keep looking out for introductions as we get closer to the conference in June!

Make sure you book soon as spaces are running out.

Did you notice who is coming to play with us all?

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.

Corporate Workshops teach you to be a better teacher

Global Innovation Forum London 2019

As a Laughter Yoga Teacher you train Laughter Yoga Leaders to facilitate to high standards.

Your leaders learn from your experience and your wisdom in your training comes from real life experience, delivering professional workshops.

Regardless how many times we deliver workshops to the delight of the delegates, once in a blu e moon there is a setup that works slightly different and perhaps a little bit out of sync with your own and participants expectations.

YO! SUSHI London 2019

Not all workshops go according to plans and we also receive feedback that makes the other successes fade on occasions.

However, the positive comments always outweigh any other feedback by eons.

Undoubtedly, we all want to do well in something we are passionate about, and it is wonderful to receive praise when you love what you do.

I have workshops that don’t receive 100% standing ovation but Laughter Yoga is Laughter Yoga and some love it others take longer to warm to the idea. With willingness to take part everyone can take away something from a Laughter Workshop.

ISMA Annual Conference London 2019

When you teach, your students want to know about what works but ALSO about what does not always work.

In essence the reason a Laughter Workshop is not just a copy of the previous one is because people are individuals, teams are different, organisations have standards that sets them apart from other organisations.

On top of this, the organisers have a very special event to plan, their event.

This is why a workshop is always a personal happening.

A few recent comments, first one from an amazing conference held in Northampton:

“Was super impressed how Lotte used actual points from the previous presentations to include in her session. Super professional! A difficult group given the number of people and the shape of the room but worked well.”

Greencore


And a special conference held in Wales:

“It was even better than my expectations! The staff really enjoyed the experience. Some staff I have never seen smile or laugh before and it was great to see.”

NWSSP Legal & Risk Wales


And a comment from an extraordinary event in London:

“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. The at the end, I think everyone got the point and it had a significant impact on many in the room.”

VMWare


Even when you think you have it all sorted, when you meet your group, that is when you know if what you planned will work or work less well.

I always prepare Plan B, Plan C, D, E etc and on rare occasions none of the plans work and the entiry workshop rests on pure improvisation.

Delivering Laughter Workshops is not as simple as it may seem.

There is a reason Laughter Yoga Leaders run Laughter Clubs and Laughter Yoga Teachers are ready to run corporate workshops, even if we all feel very ready for it all after two days training.

Never underestimate the importance of business accumen and professional communication skills to help you through your workshop discussion and presentation.

Business Experts Programme Online December 2019

My background in corporate technology companies has come in handy and I am really excited that the Business Experts Programme is gaining popularity.

I received a wonerful review from Wales recently:

I have recently completed the Business Expert Programme with Lotte of UnitedMind. I have worked with Lotte on 2 previous occasions – to train as a Laughter Yoga Leader & a Laughter Coach, & although I learnt a great deal to get me started in the world of Laughter Yoga from these 2 courses, I needed to progress my passion for sharing the benefits of laughter into a business model – & Lotte’s Business Expert Programme was the perfect course!
It was held via Zoom for convenience & broken down into 4 interactive and very engaging sessions, focusing on the key principals of creating a Laughter Business, from creating your perfect bio, to perfecting your presentation skills, marketing your services and running a business. It was an extremely helpful and practical course which has helped me form my business plan for the next 12 months and beyond.
Lotte is extremely knowable, professional & friendly. I look forward to working with Lotte again and highly recommend this programme.

Sian, Wales

Laughter Yoga can seriously improve your business advantage, both as provider of the services and as client.

Please get in touch about UnitedMind’s Business Experts Programme, about workshops, training, conferences, and other events via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk or call 0800 12 14 714.

Laughter Yoga Leader Training

I deliver 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training around the country in London, St Albans, Bristol, Durham and Preston – together with Accredited Laughter Yoga Teacher.

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

Our courses are not the only ones in the UK but what sets us apart is our Accreditation with FHT, Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Accreditation does not happen after two days’ training but you have the opportunity to receive this when you submit your work directly or through your teacher. Always check your teacher’s credentials.

To hear more about the 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training please contact me on email lotte@unitedmind.co.uk or call 07736341717 for details or for information about other courses and other teachers.

Laughter Yoga Teacher Training

The 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training is delivered by the Laughter Yoga Master Trainer in the UK, only.

I have been teaching Laughter Yoga Teachers since 2012 and I am truly grateful that these teachers are now the same professionals I co-facilitate Laughter Yoga Leader Training with around the UK.

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

Our courses are the only Laughter Yoga Teacher Training courses running in the UK and they, too, have the Accreditation with FHT, Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Accreditation is a process that comes with adopting a daily laughter practice and you have the opportunity to receive this provided you submit the requirements.

Once accredited you are entitled to deliver 2-day Accredited Laughter Yoga Leader Training and get your name listed on www.laughteryogatraining.co.uk.

To hear more about the 5-day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training please contact me on email lotte@unitedmind.co.uk or call 07736341717 for details or for information about other courses.

The Accredited Training Formula

Accreditation means our courses are proper approved for CPD!
Always ask for your teachers training credentials.

You are always in good hands with FHT Approved Laughter Yoga Teachers!

PLEASE NOTE, The Laughter Yoga Training is still certified with a standard international certificate issued by Laughter Yoga International and co-signed by your teacher(s) which you receive at the end of the 2-day or 5-day training.

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.

Laughter Yoga Training Accreditation 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.

FHT Accredited courses from UnitedMind are

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

This is truly exciting 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 seriously and we are bringing the standards to another level of nationwide approval within the education system.

If you would like to train with me I would love to teach you and share my 17 years experience with you in London (with Mel Bloch), St. Albans (with Charlotte Clark), Durham (with Jan Turner), Preston (currently by myself), Bristol (with Sue Haswell), 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.

Our training is outstanding, deep and fun, and you get two Laughter Ambassadors for the price of one when you join us in London, Durham, St. Albans, and Bristol!

ALWAYS check your teacher’s credentials…

Or contact me on email lotte@unitedmind.co.uk or call 07736341717 for details of other courses and other teachers.

Laughter Club International (UK)

The Laughter Club International (UK) in St Albans, December 2019

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 First Sunday every month at 1pm-2:30pm – please do join us!

  • Next time is 5th January 2020
  • and then 2nd February 2020

There are over 138 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.

Book your training on time

Laughter Yoga is for everyone!

PLEASE NOTE, The Laughter Yoga Training is still certified with a standard international certificate issued by Laughter Yoga International and co-signed by your teacher(s) which you receive at the end of the 2-day or 5-day training.

If you decide to achieve accreditation you will receive a second UnitedMind/FHT certificate on completion.

In addition, you get support from your teachers as you move on with your laughter life, as and when you need it. It is your call!

UnitedMind teaches 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, Bristol, 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, Durham
    • Your venue, your group – minimum 4 people
  • Accredited Laughter Therapist Training
    • Hemel Hempstead
  • Accredited Laughter Coach and Certified Gibberish Coach Training
    • Bristol, St Albans, 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 – click to choose your dates and venue, some of them are

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 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 accredited 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.