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Sunday 4 May yes, it’s the first Sunday in May, World Laughter Day! Come one, come all, to your local event to join in a celebration of laughter in our world. To quote Dr Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga,

“In Laughter Yoga, we don’t laugh because we are happy; we are happy because we laugh.”

Train as a Laughter Leader
24 & 25 May – Laughter Leader Training in Nelson.
7 & 8 June – Laughter Leader Training in Auckland.
2 & 3 August – Laughter Leader Training in Christchurch.
13 & 14 September – 2014 Aotearoa/NZ Laughter Yoga Conference in Christchurch.

Check out our Events Calendar to see details of these and other activities.

Four Reasons to Become
a Laughter Leader

Professional Development: Laughter is an effective emotional state changer, neutral and non-competitive. You learn to bring people laughter without any need for jokes, comedy or humour—all you need is their willingness to pretend to laugh.

Personal Development: Learning to laugh more easily brings physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits, both to yourself and in your personal relationships. Laughter has been found effective in areas as diverse as physical pain relief and clinical depression.

Laughter Leading: When you lead a regular group in laughter the energy they generate comes back to you many times over. In addition you develop valuable skills in organisation and delegation, negotiation and marketing.

Fun Weekend: Two days of laughter, and learning about laughter is an enjoyable and life-affirming experience. It leaves you energised and enthused.

Check out our Events Calendar for details of upcoming courses.

New Laughter Club in Wellington City!

We welcome the establishment of a laughter club in Wellington. Heather Brown and Andrew Morgan, both experienced laughter leaders, have been holding laughter sessions since October (2013) at the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre. This is at the corner of Columbo and Rintoul Streets, Newtown, Wellington, and is a handy location for people living in or near the central city. It meets every Wednesday evening from 6:15 through to 7:00pm. Beginners are always welcome.

First Laughter Conference A Resounding Success

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Congratulations to Lynda and John Andrews for putting together a fantastic first ever Laughter Yoga Conference for Aotearoa/New Zealand! Around three dozen laughers made it to the pleasant surroundings of the Emerald Glen Lodge, located in the hills adjacent to Paraparaumu (and conveniently close to road, rail and airport access), for a weekend of tears and laughter, hard science, practical experience, warm friendship and good food.

Warming up for party

An exceptional gallery of talent showed just how far Laughter Yoga has come in the seven years it has been growing here, with inspiring presentations from all the speakers. Wonderful laughter sessions were lead by Hannah Airey, Jude Rosario, and the surprise guests from Tokyo, Amazon Nasuko Yamaguchi and Toshio Koruda, to keep the energy topped up. And then there was the costume party and talent quest on Saturday night! See the full report…