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In the last 50 years, science has shown what humans have suspected for thousands of years - that laughter truly is the best medicine.  It can lower blood pressure, boosts the immune system and hearty laughter counts as exercise for your cardio-pulmonary system.

You do not need to be happy or have a reason to laugh in order to get the benefits! You simply need to choose!

Laughter is a tremendously efficient way to express and release tension in a positive manner, and is proven to relieve stress and provide physiological, as well as emotional benefits, whether or not it is 'real' or simulated.

Laughter is one of the quickest ways to boost your vibration! It is the perfect pattern interrupt to break the cycle of negative thinking neural pathways that have been born from the difficulties of life.

You cannot struggle to joy. Struggle and joy are not on the same channel. You joy your way to joy. You laugh your way to success. It is through your joy that good things come.  ~ Abraham-Hicks

You only need to suspend your disbelief for a moment. You just need to choose laughter, to choose something different. Too simple? Too corny? That's your perception. It is simple. It is not necessarily easy. My perception has changed based on my personal experiences ever since I followed my heart & my joy and made a choice in the spring of 2008. Diving in to a life of laughter has utterly transformed every aspect of my being and rewired my neurology. No joke!

I do not come from a family of optimists. While my father had a playful side, he was also plagued by demons and depression. I, too, have struggled with depression and anxiety. Laughter is one of my favorite tools to help manage these tendencies. I am here to tell you that you can make a choice and if you keep making the positive choice your patterns & neural pathways can change over time.

My background is in Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yoga is a simple, yet profound, technique based on the philosophy of “acting happiness” which capitalizing on the scientifically proven benefits.  It is a unique new physical activity, developed by a medical doctor in India in 1995, done in a group, where anyone can learn to laugh for no reason at all! It does not require a sense of humor or jokes to be successful. It is a perfect blend of playful and energizing laughter exercises combined with yogic breathing.

Laughter Yoga - the union of laughter and breath with a HUGE dose of playfulness!
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I trained as a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher in 2008 with the founder Dr. Kataria. In 2010, I obtained Laughter Coaching certification from The Levity Institute. In 2017, I was certified as a Laughter Coach through Francis Monferrer (Spain), who is the only person continuing the art of Laughter Coaching, as taught by Annette Goodheart, PhD. I have attended multiple conferences and trainings with Sebastien Gendry over the years, the leading Laughter Wellness expert in the US and the founder of the Laughter Online University. I have researched a lot and experimented on myself and with my local laughter community. I have presented laughter to almost every group imaginable from kids to seniors, from corporate & government offices and non-profits to prisoners (Coffee Creek Correctional Facility) and the blind (The Washington School of the Blind.)

Over the years my interest in laughter on a personal level and with my clients has transformed and grown well beyond the original tool of Laughter Yoga. Remembering my true self and my ability to play and be in my body is a big piece. Laughing stimulates creativity and problem solving and has allowed me to take myself and my stress & overwhelm less seriously. Overall, I have learned that by focusing on gratitude and finding joy in everyday living, despite stress and overwhelm, I can truly live my best life.

You can too! And the time is always NOW! One lesson I have learned over and over again - Life is short!

I do most of my one-to-one work via Skype or Zoom (preferred!). There are several local Laughter Clubs in Portland, I also host Laughter Meditations regularly and Laughter Yoga Leader trainings several times a year. Find the current Laughter events on Portland Laughter Meetup. I randomly hold an online 21 Days of Laughter and other online programs. Check out the Meetup and Portland Laughter Yoga Facebook Page to stay current on local happenings. I am slowly moving everything over to this site & Meetup, but you can still find information at the original Portland Laughter Yoga website.

The Portland Laughter Community exists through love, dedication and donations! If you feel blessed by any of our offerings and have the ability to contribute please donate. Every little bit helps cover costs for things like the Meetup, room rent and supplies. Donations make it possible for the laughter to remain available to everyone, regardless of financial circumstances. While I do make a little bit of money on laughter, it is mostly something I do because I believe it its transformative powers. Sharing laughter and building the local Portland Laughter community is truly my labor of love.