Laughter News September 2020

Welcome to September 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 September News we share the following…

  1. September Reflection from Yours Truly
  2. The International Laughter Yoga Online Congress
  3. MOMM – Moments of Mass Mindfullness in September
  4. World Mental Health Day with Be More You
  5. September Impromptu Conversations – who is joining me?
  6. Introduction to Laughter Therapy 7 November 2020
  7. Remember For You on YouTube
  8. The Laughter Club International UK) is back on Zoom
  9. Laughter Yoga Training Online and dates
  10. Secure your 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 videos and places to listen and look…

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September Reflection from Yours Truly

When we returned to school back in Year 2 we were given the task to write a story about our birthday month. I wrote about September and the falling apples.

Much has happened since that year back in the 1970s and my birthday has later become one that goes down in history as a date to remember…

It was a day 19 years ago when tragedy struck our world in an unimagined way, where greatness pulled us together through our losses and grief with a vision of a peaceful world with no tolerance of violence and terror.

We still have quite a way to go. All these 19 years later we are now backing each other even stronger although it sometimes seems as if we are tearing each other and the world apart.

We are one world.

Those thoughts move me into thinking of my over 20 years of being somewhat involved with Laughter Yoga, from the first moment in January 2020 when I knew this was my calling (without any religious connotation to it) up until today when Laughter Yoga is hugely needed in our world of uncertainty.

One true certainty is that change happens and Laughter Yoga is one powerful and empowering change remedy.

Laughter brings us close to spirit. Religious or not, spirit is the energy of our core, our soul, and when it soars to great heights through laughter we are at peace and we are in love with life and all there is.

It takes the willingness to being in the moment of the laughter and joy. It takes the willingness to let go of judgment of the self and others.

In that moment there is only laughter, connection, joy, non-judgment and joint-hearted mirth.

Laughter Yoga is a really spiritual practice! A true soul trip.

Spritual is nothing to fear as it is simply our relationship to the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.

This is who we are. And who we are being is not always spirit but one we are slowly becoming.

Moving on in this world where we have been facing vast adversities on so many different levels there is no doubt that we will win the battles of the present and the future through our energetic merge with joy, compassion and love!

These were my humble thoughts on one of the final days of August as we move into September with its dropping leaves and apples.

As always, I am Your Everyday Laughter Queen – and nothing is quite as serious as it may seem, yet everything is rather profound.

Wishing you health and happiness!

Love, Laughter and Peace

Laughter Yoga Master Trainer Lotte Mikkelsen

The International Laughter Yoga Online Congress

What an amazing line up for the International Laughter Yoga Online Congress. Six hours of Laughter Yoga from around the world!

An online congress organised by Laughter Ambassador of Belgium, Geert Van De Vijver, who I had the great pleasure of meeting at the International Laughter Yoga Conference in France in 2019.

The mission of this International Laughter Congress is to bring people from all over the world closer together through laughter in these bizarre times while contributing to world health.

For more information about The International Laughter Yoga Online Congress and to book your place please visit http://bit.ly/laughteryogacongress.

12 international speakers, 6 hours!

Geert is known for starting Smile at Work and over the past six months he has started Smile at Home where he has shared laughter in over 50 laughter sessions connecting people from the comfort of their homes.

He brings fun and joy to homes and workplaces, a big laugh and a big talent for creating positive change.

MOMM – Moments of Mass Mindfulness

I met Sue Cooper when she trained with me as a Laughter Yoga Leader 8 years ago.

She started MOMM – Moments of Mass Mindfulness inspired by the 1993 Washington DC Meditation experiment.

I cannot begin to decribe how excited and humbled I feel by being invited to facilitate a Laughter Workshop as part of the Caravan of Unity programme.

The programme runs the first 3 weeks of September, from 2. September and culminates in a Mass Mindfulness Meditation facilitated by Sue on 21. September co-inciding with International Day of Peace 2020.

For information about MOMM please visit www.mommworld.org, and for information about Caravan of Unity please visit caravanofunity.eu.

For information about our workshops, programmes and training, and to work with us please get in touch via email info@unitedmind.co.uk or call 0800 12 14 714 or 07736 341 717.

World Mental Health Day with Be More You

Sha Hussain, Founder of The Wellness Movement and Be More You, runs marathons around the world because it is one of his passions.

Another one is mental wellbeing.

For over three years I have worked with Sha, providing Laughter Workshops to his projects and I feel really honoured to continue to delivery second to none events on his list of key players in the field of mental health and wellbeing, nutrition, psychology and physical activities.

The Wellness Movement is once again organising an event that makes a real difference. Along with renowned professionals in their fields of expertice I am chuffed to be running a laughter workshop.

In addition Sha organises wellbeing events for companies around the UK, online and perhaps soon in person once again.

Follow his Mental Wellbeing Coffee Mornings on LinkedIn on https://www.linkedin.com/posts/sha-hussain-26b2998_join-our-cloud-hd-video-meeting-activity-6703576846342094848-0qMr.

To read about Running Enthusiast, Sha Hussain, The Wellness Movement and Be more You please visit www.thewellnessmovement.co.uk/new-page-2.

September Impromptu Conversations – who is joining me?

The Impromptu Conversations in July and August have been full of inspiration and mind-opening moments along with motivational discussions.

You can watch the series on YouTube Impromptu Conversation, this is the whole collection of 1-hour conversations with Laughter Yoga Experts from around the world.

July and August conversations have moved, inspired and touched me.

September brings more Impromptu Conversations and I hope you will tune in, either as we stream live to Facebook or on YouTube after the 1-hour conversation.

Please join us on the dates and UK times above on www.facebook.com/unitedmind.through.laughter where the Impromptu Conversations will be live streamed. They will also be posted on YouTube.

Laura Toffolo, Italy

Laura is a shining example of acting on inspiration, she is Laughter Yoga Master Trainer and Laughter Ambassador in Italy.

She first experience Laughter Yoga in 2002 and found so much inspiration in the work that she quit her job and started working with spreading Laughter Yoga fulltime.

Laura has combatted depression and enhance her self-esteem and generally get a brighter, lighter approach to life through her practice.

I look forward to an inspirational Impromptu Conversation with Laura.

For more information about Laura please visit her on www.yogadellarisata.it/associazione/laura-toffolo.

Alexa Fong Drubay, USA

With a background as a chef, restaurateur, fashion model, interpreter and much more Alexa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her Laughter Yoga practice.

Alexa is part of a family of Laughter Yoga Facilitators and was brought to Laughter Yoga by her cousin.

As Laughter Yoga Master Trainer and Laughter Ambassador there is much work to do!

Join Lotte and Alexa in our Impromptu Conversation as we talk about her work, laughter and everything that excites.

For more information about Alexa please visit her on laughteryogawithalexa.com/

Pat Armitstead, New Zealand

I first connected with Pat in 2006 when we connected on LinkedIn – or maybe it was even earlier than that.

Pat is Joyology and she is all about playfulness and how to harness your authentic self-expression.

She is a Pioneer and Thoughtleader in the area of Authentic Leadership, Engagement and Creativity.

I cannot wait to have our Impromptu Conversation where we will be talking about her work and love of play.

For more information about Pat please visit her on www.joyology.co.nz.

Tosha Tobias, Chile

Tosha visited London and we met for lunch in a cosy cafe in the capital.

It was exciting to hear her story and how she got involved in Laughter Yoga.

Her background is one that really made me drop my jaw and we chatted and laughed, then we laughed some more.

Tosha stopped smoking when she started laughing.

Please join Tosha and Lotte in a fun Impromptu Conversation where we talk about Laughter Yoga, life and what inspires her.

To discover the work of Tosha please find her DVD on www.amazon.co.uk/Yoga-Risa-Tosha-Tobias/dp/B01KB3HNVE.

Thomas Topolanek, Austria

Thomas is one of the nicest and most chilled artists I have had the pleasure of meeting.

Back in 2001 we share laughter in Interlaken in Switzerland over a week of fun and learning.

Thomas is a painter and an exceptional artist, and his inspiration to bringing laughter to his own life came through watching and listening to laughter flowing from his wife.

Where this Impromptu Conversation takes us we do not know but please join Thomas and Lotte.

To learn more about Thomas please visit him on www.mervneal.com.

Introduction to Laughter Therapy…

…with leading laughter experts, Lotte Mikkelsen and Melanie Bloch.

On 8th August we ran the first Introuction to Laughter Therapy and it was deep, nurturing and expansive.

We will do it again on 7th November, and here is a re-cap on what it is all about.

The Laughter Therapist Training is an extensive Level 7 programme, and Melanie and Lotte are excited to introduce an workshop designed to give you an experiential flavour of the full course.

In this 3.5 hour workshop you will be taken through

  • a process of Laughter Therapy first introduced by Dr Annette Goodheart in the 1970s
  • a completion process to gain momentum in your life through release of stuck energy through laughter
  • an experience of the Mystic Rose Meditation by Osho

The workshops runs on Saturday 7 November from 1pm to 4:30pm UK time and costs £45 per person. There will be 2 x 15 minute breaks.

Book early if you are up for a transformational experience and want to make sure there is space available!

To book your place please visit the UnitedMind Online Shop.

The For You Channel on YouTube

The For You YouTube Channel offers lots of good ideas, tips, tricks and lessons, why not subscribe?

There are currently 4 x Laughter Yoga For You videos in the Health & Beauty section on as well as an interview with Our Tim Watson.

Please contact us on info@unitedmind.co.uk or call 0800 1214 714 for more information about special recordings and interviews.

The Laughter Club International (UK) on Zoom

The Laughter Club in St Albans is back on Zoom on 1st Sunday every month at 1pm-1:30pm!

Please register online on https://form.jotform.com/200864136631350.

We are serious about laughter and sharing the benefits, and we hope that you enjoy these weekly Laughter Yoga workouts.

A Laughter Club is just like a fitness session and we encourage you to pay as you can to www.paypal.me/unitedmind.

Laughter Club fees are typically £5-£10 or a donation that works for you.

Thank you for your kindness.

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.

Laughter Leader Training Online

The Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training Online is as popular as ever and we have many dates scheduled throughout 2020.

Whether we learn and teach one on one or in a group the outcome is the same, a Laughter Yoga Leader qualification.

On the training you will learn face to face via webcam on Zoom over 4 sessions plus a follow up session which takes you through the full Laughter Yoga Leader programme covering the content of the 2-day in-person Laughter Yoga Leader Training.

Upon completion you will receive the UnitedMind training certificate. UnitedMind is registered with our insurance company as a training provider which means that our certificates grant you insurance.

When you choose your training provider please make sure you check their credentials as online training methods and courses are not always covered by insurers.

To receive the Laughter Yoga International certificate and be eligible for UK accreditation you will be required to complete Day-2 of the classroom training.

There are a few more requirements if you want the additional accreditation certificate.

FHT Accredited courses from UnitedMind Laughter Yoga are

With accreditation we are taking Laughter Yoga seriously and we are bringing the standards to another level of nationwide approval within the education system. This is CPD!

Contact us on email info@unitedmind.co.uk or call 07736341717 for details of Laughter Yoga Training, other courses and other teachers.

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 personal and professional 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, Stanmore
  • 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/):

12-hour Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training Online – click to choose your dates, 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/) 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 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/):

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.

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/)

Accredited 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/):

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.