HOUSTON LAUGHTER YOGA~ HOUSTON, WE HAVE LAUGHTER!
with Lainie Diamond
~Houston's first public, weekly meeting Laughter Yoga group~
I LOVE Laughter Yoga!: It is practice that can profoundly change your life. It's not a joke- it works. And you don't even need a sense of humor to do it. It is not for a few to learn about the mental, physical and spiritual health benefits of it, but for everyone.
"Life is too short to laugh too little."~ Lainie
If/when we stop laughing, we know there's a problem-haha!:) We are not supposed to be a bunch of negative, pessimistic people- but to live life to the fullest- And to experience Joy, Love and Laughter-which then gives you A Very Strong Immune System. Choose to Laugh, and to express your feelings. You can learn to do it with Laughter Yoga.
*All the time in my classes: People with high blood pressure take their blood pressure readings before the Laughter Yoga session- Then again After- And their Blood Pressure is normal. This is because of healing with Laughter Yoga.:)
UPDATE 5/18/18 Please scroll down to read more:
“Very useful for health especially blood pressure lowering"
“Very relaxing, enjoyed the technique"
“Wonderful! I really needed this, and I felt so much better afterwards!"
“This was fun and immediately reduced my stress and changed my mood."
~ NASA Johnson Space Center workshop participants
"My wife told me that I do not laugh enough, or hardly at all- that I am taking things too seriously. I really appreciate what you taught in this session today, and I will use these tools/techniques for better health and laughter."
~ A Laughter Yoga Session participant
"I took your class... yesterday I had an interaction with someone...then I remembered to LAUGH.
THANK YOU. It helped me to move out of that space and 'let it go.'"
~ A Laughter Yoga Session participant
+ See Testimonials section
~ Laughter Yoga is for people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds ~
It is a joy to teach Laughter Yoga Health And Wellness Workshops and Sessions to diverse groups in Houston:
"HEALING WITH LAUGHTER YOGA: A VERY STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM"
"LAUGHTER YOGA: STRESS BUSTER TOOLS FOR REAL LIFE":
~Lainie teaches these Laughter Yoga classes for a diverse range of non-profit, special needs and business groups. The exercises & sessions are tailored to the needs and requests of the participants.
WHAT IS TRUTH?
This love is in women and men, who equally bring their own unique
gifts to the feast table.
Love will always win!
HOUSTON LAUGHTER YOGA UPDATE:
Houston's first public, weekly meeting Laughter Yoga group.
For people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, including:
NASA- Johnson Space Center, Employee Assistance Program
ReelAbilities 2017 Film Festival-Jewish Family Services
The Center, Houston-Mentally and physically challenged adults
The Jung Center of Houston Baylor College of Medicine: Help For HD- Huntington’s Disease Family Education Day.
Texas Association of Museums Conference Luncheon, at The Hyatt.
Ham-Let Group, Advanced Control Techonology
Harris County Precinct 4: Fun 4 Seniors Annual Health and Wellness Week, Luncheon.
Memory Care and Assisted Living
Baylor College of Medicine: Help For HD- Huntington’s Disease Family Education Day.
Sri. Meenakshi Devasthanam -Temple
Robert M. Beren Academy, Modern Orthodox day school
Healthways/Silver Sneakers Program
Goodtimers (Seniors social group)
Vita-Living- Mentally and physically challenged adults
Ms. Wheelchair Texas Pageant
The National Kidney Foundation
Brady, Chapman, Holland and Associates, Insurance & Risk Management;
Club A.M.I.G.A, at Sweetwater Country Club
The Barbara Bush Library
Baylor College of Medicine, Teambuilding for Therapists
Ovarcome LLC; - ovarian cancer survivors/patients
Prosumers International; The Menninger Clinic;
Camp Victory Texas, Inc.- survivors of child sexual abuse
US Veterans Initiative/US Vets- veterans outreach
San Jacinto College; Lone Star College
Bering Omega AIDS Community Services
Chinmaya Mission Houston; Unitarian Universalist Church, Youth group;
St. Theresa Catholic Church, Memorial Park
BP Partners Support Group; ExxonMobil; Cameron; Dow Chemical; Statoil Gulf Services LLC.
Private classes with individuals
The exercises & sessions are tailored to the needs and requests of the participants:
WE NEED TO LAUGH EVERYDAY FOR MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH
You may ask yourself: Why are we doing this?
The very reason is because we adults Forget To Laugh for Health!
A child laughs 500+ times A Day!
Adults laugh sometimes 5 times or less
A TRIBUTE TO MY TEACHER, VISHWA PRAKASH
“This is America, it is in our constitution: that we have the ‘unalienable right to happiness,’ so please give yourself ‘the permission’ to laugh!" ~ Vishwa Prakash
Vishwa Prakash was quoting The United States Declaration of Independence: "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence…"
I give great thanks to Vishwa! He gave us the immense gift of Laughter Yoga. The freedom to “Be Yourself everyone else is already taken" ~Oscar Wilde.
“Fear is “False Evidence Appearing Real" ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
“When in trouble, laugh double, it will vanish like a bubble!" ~ Dr. Madan Kataria, Medical doctor- Founder of Laughter Yoga
“A set back is a set up for a comeback" ~ Church sign ☺
REAL JOY CANNOT BE FULLY DESCRIBED
☺ Everyday, I practice laughter-what I teach. And it works. ☺
People may ask you: “Why are you happy? Why are you joyful and laugh?" Answer: “Why not?"
Real joy cannot be fully described. It is the Divine Love that is inside of us all. When we re-focus on love and unity with others, and not on un-love, then we have forgiveness and are One.
It is a real joy to hear many personal stories. So many people have found healing with Laughter Yoga, including:
• A spouse caring for her husband with Alzheimer’s finds laughter, faith and joy again.
• A mentally/physically challenged adult who rarely talks- Laughs and speaks sentences!
• A woman finds joy & laughter after her divorce. She now sees forgiveness and joy from God’s perspective. She wants her former husband to be happy. She is happier herself, and then found a boyfriend.
• A Vietnam Veteran, who had a drug/alcohol addiction, and many physical maladies, tells me he forgives the person who mistakenly wounded him. With great laughter, he tells me laughter, faith and his friends saved his life.
• A Brooklyn woman attending a mental health clinic, said her psychoanalyst never made her laugh in 7 years of therapy. She said he was ‘too serious,’ and did not understand Laughter Yoga, and did not want to try it. She now feels joy and freedom, and wants to teach it to others.
• A woman’s husband of many years suddenly passed away. Her family and friends wonder why she is laughing, and not a miserable, unhappy person. The reason is because this woman has the perspective of faith, joy, laughter and the knowledge that in reality, there is no separation, In love.
While living in New York City, I thought of this equation:
My pain/joy + Your pain/joy = Healing
= It means we can share our problems together, and find trust/comfort in knowing that we are all in this life together, imperfect, in need of healing.
Excerpts Reprinted here from the 8/22/17 Update: 'Love Is Truth' By Lainie Diamond
~ HOUSTON LAUGHTER YOGA~
LET'S ALL LAUGH AND BREATHE FOR OUR MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH, YES! :
*Laughter Yoga is a REMINDER to adults to laugh! To live life to the fullest- with love, freedom and forgiveness.*
If you practice Laughter Yoga/Laughter regularly, you will have
A Very Strong Immune System!
Practice it daily, and you will see how it works!:) I am speaking from my own experience. Please read the hundreds of scientific studies from around the world, on the importance of practicing laughter/deep breathing for overall mental, physical and spiritual health.
Laughter is truly the "Best Medicine."
~OXYGENATING BOTH THE BRAIN & THE BODY - HEALING THROUGH LAUGHTER YOGA ~LAUGHTER YOGA EXPRESSES EMOTIONS~
"BE YOURSELF, EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN"
Laughter Yoga is for everyone of all professions, ages & abilities. It's therapeutic and fun! It expresses many emotions, not just laughter!
*Please note that Lainie teaches Laughter Yoga exercises to people of all abilities and diverse special needs groups*:
***There are No on-the-floor exercises or yoga mats, and no group physical-contact exercises.
Lainie's Laughter Yoga classes are for people of all ages & abilities! You move at your own comfortable pace.***
Laughter Yoga exercises can be done very slowly (With special needs/senior groups, sitting down, in chairs) Or sometimes done more energetically (public classes) It all depends upon the participants.
PLEASE SEE THE FAQ's & the CLIENTS/TESTIMONIALS page about Lainie's Laughter Yoga sessions.
REMEMBER THE FEELING YOU HAD when you were a younger person- as a child or teenager, or as an adult, and you were having a great time- laughing - with your friends? You were just being your true authentic self. This is laughter, true joy, and the practice of laughter yoga.
NO SENSE OF HUMOR? You don't laugh much? No problem! We are not just laughing ;)
When/if you are in the worst mood, that is the very time to show up, put your body through the motions, and practice Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yoga is an all natural cocktail of chemicals that changes brain chemistry, through deep breathing, and laughing.~ See clients and testimonials.
IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT WITH LAUGHTER YOGA:
It Doesn't Matter what mood you are in- Sad, stressed, angry or happy- Or if you have no sense of humor at all! Many emotions/feelings/moods are let out through the breathing exercises.
VIDEOS/MEDIA on 'LAUGHTER YOGA VIDEO' and 'PRESS' pages:
FEATURED MEDIA: PRESS/TV INCLUDES: Houston Public Media; Great Day Houston; Newsfix Channel 39; The Houston Chronicle; Houstonia Magazine; Houston Family Magazine; CultureMap Houston; Bayou City Magazine; VoiceAmerica online; Brigid’s Place, Houston; Social Work Today Magazine; Laughter Yoga International; The Houston Leader. Competitor Running Magazine;
"LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE." ~Neale Donald Walsch
Energy gives life to us! We need to continually step outside of ourselves and our usual comfort zones to live life to the fullest, with love, joy and forgiveness.
REGAIN CHILDLIKE JOY:
A child naturally laughs about 500 times a day! An adult laughs sometimes 5 times a day or less. We know, proven through worldwide scientific studies on laughter -which is breathing- it is very important for both mental & physical health. LAUGHTER YOGA changes your Brain Chemistry by the OXYGENATING exercises therefore greatly STRENGTHENING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. What a relief!
MEDICAL AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Laughter Yoga exercises activate the Parasympathetic nervous system, which is the opposite of the sympathetic nervous system. We are laughing and breathing for mental and internal physical health.
☺2018 PUBLIC CLASS SCHEDULE AT THE JUNG CENTER ☺
LAUGHTER YOGA: STRESSBUSTING TOOLS FOR REAL LIFE
With Lainie Diamond
*I have been getting requests for a weekday morning public Laughter Yoga class at The Jung Center- So here you go!:) :
*2018!: *NEW TIME* THURSDAY MORNING, 10:30am-11:30am*
On these dates:
MAY 3, JUNE 7, JULY 5, AUGUST 2
$15 ($10 Jung Center members)
Please register in advance at The Jung Center, or at the door: http://junghouston.org/
FAQ'S ABOUT LAINIE's CLASSES:
What is Laughter Yoga, and do I need to ARRIVE or BE in a happy/laughing/smiling/good mood? Answer: No.
It doesn't matter what mood you are in- sad or happy- or if you have no sense of humor at all. ALL emotions/moods are expressed through the breathing exercises. We are not just laughing ;)
LAUGHTER YOGA: (Sometimes called Laughing Yoga/Laughter/play therapy) is for ALL! It is both FUN and THERAPEUTIC.
*Lainie's classes are about 30/35 minutes of simple exercises for all, followed by rest/Any Q&A's/Health benefits talk time.
At every class there are new & repeated exercises anyone of any age and ability can do. 3 to 103 years old!
• There are no on-the-floor exercises, group physical-contact exercises, or difficult contortions.
• You may sit in a chair if unable to stand/prefer, and you Move at your own pace.
• No Yoga Mats or special exercise clothing are needed, so you may do this during or right after your work day.
• There is no 'right or wrong' way to do it. It is non-competitive/judgmental.
• There is no joke-telling, and it’s not an entertainment/comedy routine- just easy Breathing movement exercises for all.
• Bring water to drink if you would like.
• Children are welcome accompanied by an adult/guardian.
WHAT IS LAUGHTER YOGA? QUICK FACTS:
• It is a unique exercise routine developed by Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria. He began it in 1995 with just 5 people. Today there are over 10,000 Laughter Yoga groups worldwide.
• Laughter Yoga is for people of All professions, cultural backgrounds, faiths, special needs and walks of life. It is for all people.
• Laughter Yoga is a Body-mind therapy and it is based on the scientific fact that even if you laugh and breathe as an exercise, your body cannot tell the difference, and you get the same physiological and psychological benefits. You do not need to be in a good mood or have a sense of humor to practice this form of yoga.
• Health benefits of laughter yoga include: reducing stress and restoring psychological wellbeing; fostering joy; increasing oxygen supply to the brain and body; reducing pain; strengthening the immune system; and controlling blood pressure. Laughter is nature’s counter to stress- they are physiological opposites.
• For more information about Laughter Yoga: including Health testimonials, health benefits, history, articles and scientific studies please go to the official Laughter Yoga International website: www.laughteryoga.org
Updated website: http://www.houstonlaughteryoga.com/
Please feel free to forward this update to your friends & family to let them know of the opportunity to experience Laughter Yoga in Houston!
LAUGHTER YOGA DESCRIPTION:
Stress-buster tools for real life: Laughter Yoga
Houston, We Have Laughter! Let go and go with the flow in these breathing-movement exercises for people of all professions, ages, and abilities. Learn about the healing power of breathing to release emotions including anger, stress, joy and forgiveness. Laughter yoga oxygenates the brain and the body, strengthens the immune system, and restores joy and well-being. There are no on-the-floor exercises. No yoga mats, special exercise clothing, or sense of humor required! Lainie’s clients include mentally and physically challenged adults at The Center, The Jung Center, seniors with Alzheimer’s, and military veterans. Learn more at www.houstonlaughteryoga.com
Laughter Yoga International website: Dr. Madan Kataria, MD & Founder of Laughter Yoga: www.laughteryoga.org. International media coverage includes The New York Times, Time, and Oprah.
FACEBOOK page: HOUSTON LAUGHTER YOGA http://www.facebook.com/
ABOUT LAINIE DIAMOND and her LAUGHTER YOGA WORK:
Lainie Diamond is a professional classical music singer. Please visit her website: http://www.lainiediamond.com/ She brings this extensive knowledge of the physiology of breathing and movement exercises to teach all people. She also teaches Laughter Yoga as apart of her social and spiritual work. She enjoys creating decoupage art and writing. Lainie is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader trained in New York City by Vishwa Prakash.
She began practicing early in 2008 in New York City. Upon relocating to Houston, she wanted to begin Laughter Yoga for the community in Houston on a weekly meeting/open to the public basis, just as she was practicing it weekly in New York, at Vishwa Prakash's mid-Manhattan Times Square location YogaLaff Workshop: http://www.yogalaff.com/
She was then inspired to create the first public/community Laughter Yoga classes in Houston, “Houston, we have Laughter!" This group is also the first to be presented by the Houston Public Library as part of its Exercise and Fitness/Stress-buster series.
LAUGHTER YOGA WORK with LAINIE CONTACT:
Services Offered - Corporate Laughter Yoga Health and Wellness; Team-Building/Ice-Breaker Sessions/Events; Classes/Sessions; Individuals: Laughter Yoga for people of all special needs including non-profit and all religious groups.
PLEASE SEE HER LAUGHTER YOGA WORK 'CLIENT TESTIMONIALS' PAGE.
Her sessions & the exercises are tailored to the needs and requests of the organization and participants.
LAUGHTER YOGA CONTACT: email@example.com
~Thank you for your contact: Be assured Lainie will respond back to your request within 24hrs~