Laughter News September 2017

Welcome to September 2017

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

Information in this newsflash about

  • A brief overview of our September diary
  • Introducing: Leif Hansen of Spark Interaction
  • Working together is the smart choice
  • Gibberish training – blable snorky flump
  • Laughter Yoga Open Day in Birmingham
  • Laughter Yoga Leader, Teacher, Master Trainer – recap from August
  • FIND dates easily for teacher, leader, therapist, coach, Gibberish!

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

First of all, huge congratulations to the Laughter Yoga World and its Founder Dr. Madan Kataria for the great Guinness World Record of laughing with 25,000 students. Amazing achievement!

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 Your Everyday Laughter Queen, Laughter Yoga Ltd UK, Laughter Conference UK, and World Laughter Day UK and please visit us on www.unitedmind.co.uk.

A brief overview of our September 2017 diary

Just a quick overview of events in September to give you an idea of our schedule (with a week in Greece somewhere inbetween):

  • 2 September – Certified Gibberish Coach in Durham
  • 3 September – Angel of the North Laughter Club in Gateshead
  • 4 September – Corporate Laughter Workshop in London
  • 5 September – Laughter Workshop with Senior Gym Group in Denmark
  • 7 September – Online Laughter Coaching
  • 9 September – Laughter Session at High Wycombe Town Hall – open to all
  • 12 September – Corporate Laughter Workshop in London
  • 14 September – Corporate Laughter Workshop in Oxfordshire
  • 15 September – Corporate Laughter Workshop in Watford (early)
  • 15 September – Corporate Laughter Workshop in Bromley (late)
  • 22-23 September – Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in St. Albans
  • 28 September – Certified Gibberish Coach Online

And there is more in the September pipeline waiting for final confirmation.

It is a busy time of year and getting busier with training course, workshops, conferences and other events, so please get in touch as soon as you know you are planning an event that needs a bit of light-hearted de-stressing or team-bonding.

Or if you are interested in training your team and scheduling your own dates, a real bonus for your organisation to have Laughter Professionals.

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.

Introducing: Leif Hansen of Spark Interaction (USA)

The Playing Human Conference on 27-28 September 2018 is promising a variety of awesome speakers from around the world. Talented second-to-none keynote speakers who will share their pearls of wisdom and playfulness with us.

We will be introducing these amazing individuals over the next many months so you get an idea of who we will be sharing with you next year.

Meet Leif Hansen of Spark Interaction – from the USA and recently moved to beautiful Hawaii.

Founder and principal of Spark Interaction, Leif is a nationally recognised speaker, facilitator and leadership coach who has worked with groups for over 25 years.

His workshops have been featured on a variety of media, including NBC’s Today Show, PBS Mediashift & the LA Times.

Leif has inspired thousands of participants with his presentations, often using his signature interactive ‘playformation’ style – highly engaging, enlivening & experiential processes – helping people to learn, create & make more meaningful connections together.

His passion is helping others creatively express their most authentic selves in ways that make this world a more caring, inspiring and magical place to live.

“Whether onstage or in a workshop room, Leif sparkles with energy. Before long, the room does too… Looking for a facilitator or speaker who will enliven your event and inspire your audience out of their shells? Look no further.”

Laura Fitton, HubSpot “Bold Talks” & Inbound Evangelist.

Please visit Leif on www.LeifHansen.me to learn more about his work.

The programme is ready and you can book the full 2-day conference or perhaps you can only join us on one of the days.

The programme :

Day 1 – 27 September 2018

Day 2 – 28 September 2018

09:15 Doors open for registration 10:00 Welcome back
10:00 Welcome 10:05 Pady O’Connor of Mee Mee Theatre (UK)
10:10 Robert Holden of The Happiness Project (UK) 11:30 Coffee Break
11:10 Coffee Break 11:45 Leif Hansen of Spark Interaction (USA)
11:30 Linda Leclerc of HAHA Sisterhood (Canada) 13:15 Lunch Break
12:30 Lunch Break 14:15 Shonette Bason of Spread the Happiness (UK)
13:30 Patch Adams of Gesundheit Institute (USA) 15:15 Merv Neal of Laughter Yoga Australia (Australia)
17:00 Finishing the day 16:15 Jeremy Gilley of Peace One Day (UK)
Maybe something for the evening… 17:00 Finishing the conference

If you have any questions or need more information about The Playing Human Conference, or 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.

Working together is a smart choice

The world is full of opportunity and the UK is part of an abundant space looking for more laughter and happiness, more meaningful and mindful existence.

It is exciting to work with other businesses who are on a mission to share joy and happiness, health and wellbeing in our country and UnitedMind are thrilled to share with you two new collaborations.

Run Yoga Run is a wellness movement set up to enhance the corporate lifestyle of organisations through fitness, nutrition, meditation and a host of other wellness services. Run Yoga Run can help plan organisations’ wellness weeks as well as create a sustainable plan moving forwards.

Their clients include Stella McCartney, Bain Capital and The Hoxton Hotels Group.

Sha Hussain and Lotte Mikkelsen connected through their mutual interest in alleviating the stress they both have experienced in fast-paced corporations throughout their worklife.

Joyful Living are UK leaders at providing wellbeing services for offices and events. From massage to mindfulness, Office Yoga, wellbeing workshops and Laughter Yoga, Joyful Living arrives at your office to destress and energise your workforce.

Joyful Living also helps organise company wellbeing days filled with wellbeing activities as well as offering a wide of range of services for corporate events, conferences, exhibitions or product launches.

Nisha Gera and Lotte Mikkelsen are both trained in Laughter Yoga and joined their expert areas so when Joyful Living needs an additional Laughter Yoga Facilitator Nisha calls on Lotte.

UnitedMind provide workshops to the highest standards delivered by myself, Lotte Mikkelsen, or my business partners many of whom are members of Laughter Association UK just as I am.

Laughter Association UK is the official body for Laughter Professionals in the UK ensuring best practices at all times.

Laughter Association UK is constantly raising standards within our line of work for members and for clients.

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

Gibberish training – blable snorky flump

The language of nonsense is becoming increasingly popular as a means to tackle communication challenges, stress, lack of laughter and severe seriousness.

Exerpt from UnitedMind’s Gibberish Manual which you will receive following your participation on the 1-day Certified Gibberish Coach Training:

What is Gibberish?

Well, it is known as a very old and a primary way of communication. It is the only language that can unite babies around the world when they are born and before they begin to experience the state of separation which Erich Fromm discusses in his book ‘The Art of Loving’.

Gibberish is the most universal language, but contrary to other languages where we speak understandable words that are interpreted by the recipient, in Gibberish there is no thinking, no judging, no interpretation of meaning because since there is no thinking this cannot take place.

Gibberish connects with the term called ‘Body Wisdom’ whereas other forms of communication are related to ‘Mental Wisdom’ or otherwise called ‘Mind Intelligence’.

The training is fun and intensive from 10am to 5pm – you even get homework for lunch!

The following dates are available to book:

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

If you have any questions or need more information about Gibberish, or 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.

Laughter Yoga Open Day

Calling all Laughter Enthusiasts and anyone who do not laugh, everyone who laughs lots, and those who like the sound of laughter, as well as those who gets irritated by too much laughter and you who are just happy with whatever laughter comes around plus everyone else.

A very special day in Birmingham on 28 October 2017!

Organised by Laughter Ambassador Maggie Thompson of Merrie Maggie’s Laughter and held from 9am to 5pm at Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX.

Please contact Maggie via email on maggiet1951@googlemail.com and find the full details on www.merriemaggie.co.uk. You can book your ticket at only £31.84 per person on www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2848844.

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.

Learning to be Laughter Yoga Leader

When you want to bring more laughter into your own life and share with others 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 to support you 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 trained by a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher or Master Trainer.

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 dorms 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

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 years 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.

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, I am also Your Everyday Laughter Queen, and as such the activities run on paying clients and that is okay. Even Master Trainers and Laughter Queens 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.

Dates for Certified Laughter Training

UnitedMind teach the 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
  • 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

  • 18-19 November 2017 in Durham £175 early /£225
  • 01, 08, 15, 22 December Online Laughter Leader Training £175
  • 07-08 December 2017 in London £175 early / £225
  • 20-21 January 2018 in St Albans £175 early / £225
  • 17-18 February 2018 in Durham £175 early / £225
  • 01-02 March 2018 Laughter Yoga Leader London £175 early / £225
  • 05-06 April 2018 Laughter Yoga Leader Blackpool £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

  • 22-26 January 2018 in Hemel Hempstead £775 incl stay early / £995 full fee
  • 09-13 July 2018 in Hemel Hempstead £775 incl stay early / £995 full fee

Fees for residential training are including accommodation (only applies to Hemel Hempstead training).

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)

  • 21-22 April 2018 £550 early /£750
  • 19-20 May 2018 Blackpool £550 early / £750
  • 08-09 September 2018 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

  • 28 September 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 Teachers

  • 28 November 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.