Category Archives: Laughter Yoga

Laughter in the Park in Chester

Laughter in the Park

Join us for a special laughter yoga session on 3rd Sept 2017 at Grosvenor Park at 2pm.

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional
laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh without relying
on humour, jokes or comedy. Laughter is initially simulated as a physical exercise
while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting childlike
playfulness. In most cases this soon leads to real and contagious laughter.

Science has proved that the body cannot differentiate between simulated and
real laughter. Laughter Yoga is the only technique that allows adults to achieve
sustained hearty laughter without involving cognitive thought. It bypasses the
intellectual systems that normally act as a brake on natural laughter.

Health Benefits

  1. Laughter yoga teaches you to laugh even if you are not in the mood to laugh.

This is because your brain does not the difference between real laughter or if you are faking it.
From a medical point of view, the most important component of laughing, whether fake or real is taking deep breaths and all breath means an intake of oxygen.

Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology and Nobel Prize Winner
(Dr. Warburg is the only person ever to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine twice and be nominated for a third), said about the importance of oxygen:

“Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen to the cells and are the most important
factors in living a disease-free and energetic life. When cells get enough oxygen,
cancer will not and cannot occur.”

  1. Laughter is like jogging for your insides

Most laughter and yogic breathing exercises are intended to stimulate the movement of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles that help activate the parasympathetic system, which is the calming branch of the autonomic nervous system. This is opposite to the sympathetic system which is the stress arousal system. The stress arousal sympathetic system can be turned of simply by learning to move the diaphragm.

  1. Laughter connects people

People who laugh together form a bond more quickly, resulting in a
family-like bond, providing social interaction which is essential
for happiness. The goal of Laughter Yoga is to connect people with one another
at heart level without judgment and that is the true meaning of any yoga practise.  It is also ideal for all ages from children age 4 or 5 to adults aged 55 plus, depending on their health of course.

  1. Laughter promotes a positive mental attitude

With regular practice one can develop a positive mental attitude which will help people go through challenging times or when it is difficult to laugh physically. This Inner spirit of laughter is your ability to stay alive and in a positive mental state despite all challenges. Laughter Yoga
can improve physical health, release negative thoughts and emotions, and helps
to get in touch with your spiritual nature.  It also helps to develop an attitude of
forgiveness, generosity, compassion, and helpfulness while actively seeking the
happiness of others.

So how do you book a laughter yoga session?

We hold laughter yoga classes regularly in all parts of the UK.  As we are limited with spaces please book or reserve in advance>> 

Laughs on the Lagan at the Belfast Barge

Due to popular demand after the Belfast Comedy Festival, we have organised another laughter yoga session on the Belfast Barge on Sunday 30th Oct at 2pm.

If you’ve never tried laughter yoga before you are in for a treat and you’re guaranteed a laugh or 20 too.

To find out more or to book your place, click here >>

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A massive thank you for the Bellylaughs Comedy Festival 2016

Crazy Cat would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to our events and to all the acts to performed throughout the Belfast Comedy Festival 2016!  A big thank you to Pete O’Neill and his committee for their ongoing support in our work to provide a platform for local comedy in Northern Ireland.  Good luck with your future endeavours Pete. No doubt you will be just as valuable to the cause as you were for Bellylaughs!

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Victoria E Armstrong debuts her one woman show ‘Fridg-it!’ on the Belfast Barge!

Victoria’s first stand up experience was an impromptu set in Gran Canaria in 2009, at an karaoke event. In 2011, she performed her first set in Belfast and has been performing at clubs all over Ireland and in London too. She now runs her own comedy events under the banner of Crazy Cat Comedy.

Victoria loved the benefits of laughter yoga so much she now teaches it and manages to find time to create corporate entertainment and fundraiser events and produce regular murder mystery nights.

She has hosted for names such as Kevin McAleer, Jimmy Cricket and Joe Rooney (Father Damo in Father Ted) to name a few and has worked alongside Tim McGarry and Jake O’Kane.

In this one woman show Victoria shares her experiences of growing up with a mother who’s tagline seemed to be ‘I didn’t know about that til I was 37’. She also gives an insight to sexaholics anonymous, why she never took up smoking and how she is completely chilled out that she lost her virginity to a fridge freezer and hence the cool show title just had to be ‘Fridg-it!’

Hosted by George Firehorse and support from William Thompson

Join Victoria on the Belfast Barge on 4th October as part of the Bellylaughs Comedy Festival 2016. Doors open 8pm and it’s a BYO venue.

Tickets can be booked online here >>

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Laughter Yoga on the Lagan for Bellylaughs Festival 2016

It’s hard to laugh and feel bad about life! That’s the aim of Laughter Yoga!

Our brain doesn’t know the difference between real laughter and forced laughter so by doing laughter exercises which bypass our intellect that can stop us from finding something funny, we soon produce real laughter and get all the same health benefits. Therefore you don’t need to listen or tell jokes! It comes naturally from within.

The main health benefits of laughter yoga are:
1. Laughter yoga teaches you to laugh even if you are not in the mood to laugh
2. Laughter is like jogging for your insides
3. Laughter connects people like a universal language
4. Laughter promotes a positive mental attitude
5. Laughter improves your efficiency and daily performance

Families and young children welcome.

Places are limited so booking in advance is recommended.  Book online here >>

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Second date added for Laughter Yoga at the Bellylaughs Festival

Crazy Cat Comedy is pleased to announce that a second laughter yoga session will be added to the lineup of laughs at this year’s Bellylaughs Festival in Belfast.

We already have a session booked on Sunday 4th Oct at The Room, 50 University Street in Belfast at 3pm. Places are limited but  tickets can be booked in advance for this session here >>

Our second session will be held on Wed 30th Sept at The Room at 7pm.  Again places are limited so book for this session in advance here >>

If you would like to know more about what is involved in laughter yoga, you can find out more here >> 

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Try Laughter Yoga at the Bellylaughs Comedy Festival

Crazy Cat Comedy is partnering with the Bellylaughs Festival to offer you more laughter during the day.  If you can’t make it to any of our evening shows then why not book a laughter yoga session for your colleagues or friends to participate in.

It is ideal for corporate team building, stress management, general well being, therapists, counsellors, children, teachers, youth leaders, teenagers and theatre groups.  It is even safe for pregnant women and the elderly.

Our brain doesn’t know the difference between real laughter and forced laughter so by doing laughter exercises which bypass our intellect that can stop us from finding something funny, we soon produce real laughter and get all the same health benefits.  Therefore you don’t need to listen or tell jokes!  It comes naturally from within.

The main health benefits of laughter yoga are:

1. Laughter yoga teaches you to laugh even if you are not in the mood to laugh
2. Laughter is like jogging for your insides
3. Laughter connects people like a universal language
4. Laughter promotes a positive mental attitude
5. Laughter improves your efficiency and daily performance

Places are limited so book your place in advance here >>

Bellylaughs Laughter Yoga session

If you like a lot of laughter in your life, join our club!

It’s hard to laugh and feel bad about life!  That’s the aim of Laughter Yoga!

Our brain doesn’t know the difference between real laughter and forced laughter so by doing laughter exercises which bypass our intellect that can stop us from finding something funny, we soon produce real laughter and get all the same health benefits.  Therefore you don’t need to listen or tell jokes!  It comes naturally from within.

The main health benefits of laughter yoga are:

1. Laughter yoga teaches you to laugh even if you are not in the mood to laugh
2. Laughter is like jogging for your insides
3. Laughter connects people like a universal language
4. Laughter promotes a positive mental attitude

It is also ideal for the elderly and can be done while seated in a chair. People with mental health issues and those suffering from alzheimers or dementia have also reported health improvements!

Also ideal for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one!

Details of our next laughter club session are below:

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Do you have to be crazy to enjoy Laughter Yoga?

The answer is no but it definitely helps.  Laughter is known worldwide as the best medicine and thanks to Dr Madan Kataria, the founder of laughter yoga, you can laugh everyday whether you feel like it or not.

Watch the video below to see why the popularity of laughter clubs are spreading across the world.

To find out about a laughter yoga session near you or to arrange your own session with colleagues or friends, message us via our contact us page or call:  07790 664819 to find out more.