Laughter Club

Ferntree Gully Laughter Club

Thank you Tanya for sharing how Laughter Yoga helped you through the Covid year. You credited laughing regularly on Zoom helped so much and it was obvious meeting you in person again how you have become a stronger person. Regular Zoom helped to give you hope, courage and the ability to find  within yourself strength and resilience that you did not know you had. Well done for showing up, hanging in there, making the regular effort to show up!

2020 has been a most unusual year and there have been frequent times where l have felt not so human being disconnected from familiar faces, family and friends. That is where the practice of laughing yoga has been immensely beneficial and mentally uplifting.
Without laughing with my friends l would have quickly lost my playful sense of being. Laughter fed my soul during those anxious times protecting me with a soothing, healing balm.
Now, there isn’t a moment in each day l don’t laugh and smile which helps to strengthen my well-being and bolstering my sense of self. Which helps to make each day a little less stressful. Laughing yoga has become an essential part of my daily life. Tanya Panter.

Laughter clubs are free and everyone is welcome. We meet either in person or on Zoom at 11.00 am each week. Go to the page click here.

Laughter Yoga Background

The year was 1995 when it all began, the origin of the Laughter Yoga Community Clubs, who practice ‘laughing for no reason’ all around the world. Indian Physician, Dr Madan Kataria was impressed by Norman Cousins’ book Anatomy of an Illness and the research work by Dr Lee Berk on the benefits of laughter to one’s health and wellbeing. Madan decided to field-test the impact of laughter upon himself and others, gathering with four friends in a Mumbai public park. This happy little group had many bystanders, who quickly joined in and numbered over 50 after a couple of weeks. BUT, around that time it was discovered that either the jokes and humour ran out or became offensive and Dr Kataria went home to ponder how to change this. Otherwise it was felt that trying to laugh together on a regular basis would simply not work long term. Read more about the history and my involvement in my blog… Video is an example of a laughter session, similar to what we do in our laughter club.