Why Choose Andréa and Portland Laughter Yoga?
Since 2009, I have lead more than ten trainings and trained over 80 students. Several students have become Laughter Yoga Teachers themselves and are spreading Laughter Yoga to their communities (OR, WA, MT, NH). I started the Awakenings Laughter Club, which was the first weekly Laughter Club in Portland to last more than a few months. I currently co-lead at the Hawthorne Laughter Club along with some of my alumni. We have a small, supportive, community-lead club which has been going for more than 7 years. I have an open, loving and accepting style of teaching. My ability to meet people where they are and be present with them is a large piece of why many of my students feel confident in taking laughter out into their part of the world. A previous student described me as "the approachable expert." You will not regret training with me!
As of 2018, I have 10 years of Laughter Yoga and laughter related experience, plus a lot of life experience packed into my 42 years (caregiving, becoming a widow, my own chronic illness & more). I have been leading clubs and classes since the fall of 2008, monthly Laughter Meditations since 2015 and I have continued my laughter education with several Laughter Coaching certifications and various national conferences. In addition, I have been in the local media for laughter numerous times.
I have a passion for laughter and my students, which means my support continues beyond graduation. I am not competitive and often pass along laughter business opportunities to students. I have corporate training and speaking experience, yet I offer my training in a relaxed, low-pressure manner. Fun and flexibility! I have continued to adapt my training. While I still follow the guidelines from Laughter Yoga International, I have expanded the hours and information over time in an effort to help my students feel confident about actually leading laughter.
I have worked with almost every type of audience (seniors, kids, corporate, persons w/ disabilities, prisoners, birthdays & celebrations, homeless/people in transition, the blind and more.) And if I haven't worked with the population you are interested in, I probably know people in the global laughter community who have! The world-wide Laughter community is connected and always willing to help. The community and connection is a big piece of why laughter is so healing.