Claiming Your Joy Workshop Produces Results. Matti’s Neat Stuff Victoria Newsletter April 3, 2015

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Claiming Your Joy Workshop Produces Results.


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Wow…what a Sunday afternoon we had with the “Claiming Your Joy Workshop.” (


12 of us spent 3 hours. We started with a Laughter Yoga session, followed by the Revolutionary Trauma Release Process™ created by David Berceli. We ended with some Zen of Joy and Heart Math exercises.


Soren was the first to give feedback. He continued doing it and the very next session proved to be very powerful. He shared with me that it was the most vibrant energy he has ever felt.


At our Wednesday Laughter Yoga session, Soren also commented that he was now able to sit in a cross legged position, something he has not been able to do until now. And the only thing he has been doing differently is the Trauma Release exercises.


Peter also gave me feedback that his work relationships have improved as a result of one of the Zen of Joy Protocols.


I hope to organize another one soon. Stay tuned.



Laughter Yoga Leader Training and Zen of Joy Boot Camp Dates: April 11 and 12, 2015




Laughter Yoga Moves Back Outdoors on Sunday


Many thanks go out to Sunrise Senior Centre, the staff and residents who participated in our winter indoor sessions there.


This Sunday we are back at the sundial in the centre of Beacon Hill Park at 10:30am for Spring and Summer. Hope to see you there…rain or shine! Barefoot is an option.


Remember the Monday session also with Gene and the Wednesday sessions with Soren and Matti




World Laughter Day Celebrates 20 Years of Laughter Yoga Worldwide


Here is the draft of the News Release I am working on:


Contact: Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher 250-477-8608



Victoria, BC. Local Laughter Club Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Laughter Yoga


The first Sunday of May every year, more than 7,000 Laughter Yoga Clubs worldwide celebrate “World Laughter Day” with special Laughter Yoga sessions.


Laughter Yoga is the brainchild of a medical doctor in India. Dr. Madan Kataria was writing a paper called “Laughter is the Best Medicine.”


When he found a vast amount of research on the health benefits of laughter, he decided it was time to prescribe laughter. He and his wife, yoga instructor Madhuri Kataria, started the first Laughter Club in a Mumbai park with 5 people.


In the last two decades, Laughter Yoga, as it is now called, has grown to thousands of clubs around the world in over 80 countries. These clubs meet regularly to “laugh for no reason.”


Local Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Matti Anttila says the many benefits of laughter include stress reduction, improved circulation and a more efficient immune system.















But, “Many of our local laughers have found Laughter Yoga to be a life changing experience. Personally, I have found myself being able to let go of stress more easily. An example is when I get cut off in traffic. I used to fume inside. Now, as soon as I start to have a reaction like that, I remember to laugh or at least chuckle. As a result, I am a more relaxed driver now and actually enjoy driving a lot more. In fact, I enjoy just about everything more these days.”


With stress having been shown as one of the leading contributors to ill health, maybe these crazy laughers are on to something. They claim laughter is the number one stress buster.


They also claim that just laughing at jokes often doesn’t give the real and proven medical benefits that laughter can bestow. Apparently, we need to laugh for an extended period of ten to fifteen minutes for the “feel-good” hormones such as the endorphins to kick in.


That should be no problem this Sunday as the World Laughter Day event is scheduled to be one hour from 10:30am by the sundial in Beacon Hill Park. A second session will be held in Windsor Park in Oak Bay at 1:30pm







Background information:


The benefits of laughter have been known instinctively for a long time. It’s only in recent decades that actual scientific research has proven the old adage “Laughter is the best medicine.” Dr. Kataria, who founded the first Laughter Yoga club with 5 participants in a park in India in 1995, read about how Norman Cousins laughed himself back to health from a debilitating disease.


His subsequent research for a medical article on laughter lead him to a large body of scientific studies validating the health benefits of laughter. Laughter Yoga has since grown to over 7,000 clubs in 80 countries.                












Some of the benefits noted:



* Efficient Exercise -Dr. W. Fry in Journal of General Psychology, 1938


* Tap “The Inner Spirit of Laughter.” (Founder Dr. Madan Kataria says Laughter Yoga principles can provide a powerful life changing experience.)


* Conquer stress (Laughter Yoga participants report feelings of relaxation while still feeling energized following a session.)


* Improve circulation (Any exercise can do that, but even fit participants find they may have to pace themselves because of the aerobic aspect of Laughter Yoga. Regardless, those with physical challenges find they still receive many benefits.)


* Slow the Aging Process By re-discovering “child like play,” participants find many cares and woes dropping away, or at least retreating into the background for a time. This has helped many to retain youthfulness and a youthful attitude.


* Boost Imnunity Both the laughter itself and the deep breathing techniques from yoga help to release the “feel good” hormone endorphin into the brain. Endorphins have been shown to increase the immune function.


* Assist in Clearer Thinking More oxygen to the brain helps to clear up “fuzzy brain.”


* Help Fight Cancer Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology, Nobel Prize Winner (twice) says: “Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen to the cells and are the most important factors in living a disease-free and energetic life. When cells get enough oxygen, cancer will not and cannot occur.” (My bolding)        







Please make a mark on your calendar now and come and help us celebrate the joy of 20 years of Laughter Yoga Clubs.




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“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor do the children of man as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

Helen Keller
1880-1968, Blind/Deaf Author and Lecturer



Love and Laughter,


Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. Zen of Joy Consultant and Author of:


* The Zen of Joy. How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness & Success.


* 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health.   (No cost…yay!)



The Single Most Important Habit to Acquire


(Also no-cost Mastery Newsletter)






☼ No matter how happy or unhappy you are, you can feel “Authentic Joy” within minutes of accessing this video: Complimentary email course included: 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health.




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