Corporate Laughter Yoga Training & Workshop Specialists in the UK

Laughter News July 2015

Welcome to July 2015

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

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.

Information in this newsflash about

  • Summer is the time for light-hearted fun…
  • The growing network of Laughter Professionals
  • Training is NOT just about laughing!
  • Gibberish, Coaching, Leader and Teacher

And just to mention

Summer is the time for light-hearted fun…

The sun has finally made its entry on the skies above Britain and people all over the country venture into the open spaces of festivals, beach time, caravan enjoyment, open parks, gardens, streets, and many other areas where the nurturing sunlight can fill us with good vitamins.

Remember sunblock, a hat, and to share your smiles and your laughter!

It is a time for joy and enjoyment.

However, there are tragedies lurking around so remember to send blessings and loving thoughts to those in need.

Every day we are impacted by news… News about the bombings on Friday by extremists (e.g. Tunisia, Kuwait), tragic coach-crash with English school-children in Belgium, a space rocket exploding after launch at Cape Canaveral, and last but by no means least, the devastating bankruptcy that Greece is undergoing – plus many other natural as well as man-made disasters that have not reached the news we hear and read daily.

One could argue that with all these news of less good events how can we encourage anyone to laugh and smile? Well. How can we not? If ever there is a time to share laughter and smiles it is now and it is during times of adversity!

Laughter helps the healing process and supports us in adapting to the change by adopting a can-do attitude with an outlook to create positive change from the rubble we find ourselves and others stuck in – we are the change we create and our laughter lifts the heavy-duty-stuff resting on our backs and shoulders so we can move forward and live life fully.

Laughter does not exclude tears! Laughing is not the opposite of crying!

We need balance but we cannot balance our lives if all we do is cry when things are challenging and never laugh when things are great. It is okay to feel good about life and living – and it is okay to feel that it is tough at times.

Balance. Laugh and cry!

Crying releases stress chemicals, laughing releases feelgood chemicals – what’s not to like about crying and laughing? Boohoohoohahahaha!

For more information on our laughter therapy programmes for promoting laughing, health and happiness, stress management and team spirit in the workplace and at home, please contact us via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, mobile 07736 341 717.

The growing network of Laughter Professionals

We love laughter!

Laughter has been around for 13-16 million years according to studies and it is one of the first means of communication a baby uses to connect.

Funny how we change the way we laugh as we grow older and rely on humour and comedy for the chuckle-fix, when all we need is to inhale, open our mouth and exhale a loud ‘HAHAHAHA’ or even a low-key ‘teehee’ in order to summon the real giggles and guffaws we have inside.

Letting go of being in control is a major obstacle and challenge we all face when we want more laughter, when we want those amazing benefits of laughing more!

Laughter Yoga Professionals around the country are wonderful people who know how to initiate the process of letting go and accessing the true nature of joy and play which is essential for empowered living.

Here is a couple of great networking and activity days to join if you are a Laughter Yoga Professional or planning to become one:

  • Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher Activity Storm at London Welsh, London, 24 October 2015
  • Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher Activity Storm at Burley Lodge, Leeds , 19 March 2016

For more information about becoming a Laughter Professional or finding a recommended teacher or leader, please contact us via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, phone 0844 335 1552 or mobile 07736 341 717.

Training is NOT just about laughing!

Laughter training is wonderful.

It is an open space for experiencing the deepness of your laughter and even your tears. It is important to schedule time for crying.

Without tears laughter can become hollow and false.

But isn’t that what we encourage? False or pretend laughter?

Simulated laughter while connecting with other people through eye contact – or even with yourself through mirror practice – can lead to real, contagious and cathartic laughter. The kind of laughter that touches deeply and allows for various aspects of emotional release to be facilitated.

If you ever thought laughter is just laughter – you may want to rethink…

Of course, no one comes on a Laughter Training Course to cry but the space is there if crying is what is needed – and it sometimes is before the laughter can emerge. When laughter emerges – wow! You really want to experience laughter and bring it to your life.

When laughter happens – that is when life happens, too!

When you cannot make it to a venue in London, St. Albans, Durham, Blackpool or elsewhere, because of time issue or other challenges, there is always the option of online training or organising a training at your own venue with your own group, and I will be happy to facilitate.

There are different opinions as to whether online training is as good as in-person training, however, with focus and contact, and with a tutor that is committed to the success of the programme together with you, an online laughter training programme can take you just as far as an in-person training.

It is all about the people!

To become a Certified Laughter Leader, Laughter Therapist or a Laughter Coach all you need is a total of 12 hours learning which includes 10 hours online training and 2 hours of home study. The online training is scheduled regularly but evenso the dates may not suit you and we can organise individual sessions.

There are even additional and ongoing training to attend online once you complete your certificated course.

  • Certified Laughter Leader Training
  • Certified Laughter Coach Training
  • Certified Laughter Therapist Training
  • Certified Laughter Coach for Laughter Professionals
  • Certified Gibberish Training
  • Laughter is Serious Business Workshop

For more information abut our certified online trainings and workshop, please contact us via email, info@unitedmind.co.uk, mobile 07736 341 717.

Or simply book your place in the UnitedMind Online Shop.

Gibberish, Coaching, Leader and Teacher

PLEASE bear with this repeat of last month’s mention of professional Laughter Yoga Leaders and Teachers. I am passionate about Laughter Yoga and aim to inspire my students to enjoy bringing laughter to life! I sincerely hope that anyone who learns from a Laughter Yoga Teacher of their choice will feel moved to action and have an experience of being able to take this work further into their own life and the lives of others.

The recent years have seen a rise in the number of Laughter Therapist, Laughter Facilitators, Laughter Teachers and Leaders. This is exciting and shows a real urge to share laughter and all that laughter represents.

When you decide to learn Laughter Yoga or Laughter Therapy it is important that your teacher is qualified to teach. Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers are a safe bet when it comes to learning from professional teachers but there are people who do not have the level of training and teaching skills, yet run facilitator training courses that enables you to run workshops.

Laughter Yoga Teachers go through a long investment of learning the terminologies as well as the people skills in order to teach a valuable programme that can truly change people’s lives and the way we cope with challenges.

Becoming a teacher does not just happen through receiving a certificate, it is an ever evolving process of sharing the work in laughter workshops and seminars, laughter clubs and events. A Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher also has the background and skills to talk to you about starting your own business or taking laughter into your workplace, community, along with great ideas and experience.

Furthermore, a Laughter Yoga Teacher has qualified on a 5-day programme that qualifies them to teach a 1-day as well as 2-day certified training course in Laughter Yoga, and many have been practicing as a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader for years before becoming a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher.

UnitedMind support and recommend many of the Laughter Yoga Teachers in the UK, and in addition we cover almost all of the country and are happy to travel to your venue to run our trainings.

1-day Certified Gibberish Training
unique training from UnitedMind

  • 29 August in St Albans £60 early / £95
  • 18 September in Durham £60 early /£95
  • Your workplace at dates to suit you!

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

  • 29 July Online £80
  • 05 October Online £80

2-day Certified Laughter Coaching Training

  • 26-27 August Online £200
  • Your workplace at dates to suit you!

2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

  • 25-26 July in Durham £150 early / £200
  • 26-27 September in St Albans £150 early /£200
  • 08-09 October in Blackpool £150 early /£200
  • 22-23 October in London £150 early /£200
  • 21-22 November in Durham £150 early /£200
  • Your workplace at dates to suit you!

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

  • 23-27 November 2015 in Hemel Hempstead £550 early / £695
  • 11-14 April 2016 in Durham £550 early / £695
  • 11-14 July 2016 in Hemel Hempstead £550 early / £695

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, or mobile 07736 341 717.

Live Telephone Laughter

If you cannot make it to a Laughter Club there is another option…

The Telephone Laughter Club is live three times a day on weekdays; subscribe to connect to the live conference call and feel the knock-on effect as you laugh daily!

Choice between 7:00am and 12noon and 6:30pm:

  • Monthly £6
  • Quarterly £15 (saving £3)
  • Annually £50 (saving £22)

Other options are also available when you combine the timeslots.

Please register online or get in touch on email info@unitedmind.co.uk or mobile 07736 341 717 to learn more about how you can bring telephone or conference laughter to your workplace and community.

PLEASE NOTE If you dial in from a UK landline there are no call charges.

However, if you dial in from a mobile phone there may be call charges but good news is that there are ways around it all, e.g. dial 0207 819 1800 before dialling our 0800-number, you can save money and pay only the local rate for your call. Please check with your mobile call provider to see what is cheapest.

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