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Join the St Albans Laughter Club

Wednesday, March 25, 2015   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: mental health, mental wellbeing, Community Groups

Lotus Community Wellbeing Trust logo.The St Albans Laughter Club meets every Sunday between 11am and 11.45am at the Scottish Society Hall (corner Edgeware and Caledonian Roads). The fee is a $2 donation and no bookings or special equipment is needed. There is no membership' structureto the club either.

The Club is run by volunteers and is now under the umbrella of the Lotus Community Wellbeing Club. The Chairperson of Lotus Community Wellbeing Trust Hannah Airey, also facilitates 2 day trainings and mentors other clubs to get started in the community. Any proceeds from the Laughter Club or the trainings go back into the Trust to subsidise workshops in laughter and positive psychology for community groups in need.

The Club recently celebrated its 8th birthday, after being started in March 2007 at the St Albans Community Centre (demolished after as a result of the earthquakes).

More information about Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga employs no humour, jokes or comedy and participants are invited to laugh for no reason at all. Anyone can do it.

Laughter Yoga is a deceptively simple yet very powerful form of exercise, combining laughter exercises with yogic breathing (quite different from traditional yoga with postures).

It teaches you to make happiness a choice and not a consequence. Whether fake or genuine, laughter has measurable psychological and physiological benefits, including:

  • the release of endorphins and serotonin;
  • decreases levels of stress hormones;
  • beats depression and anxiety;
  • boosts the immune system;
  • increases circulation;
  • floods the body with oxygen;
  • is an aerobic exercise;
  • improves communication and creativity;
  • increases Killer T Cell production, which
  • helps fight cancer;

Laughter is our body’s natural antidote to stress and as natural as breathing, we just need a gentle reminder to do it.

Visit the Lotus Community Wellbeing Trust for more information on Laughter Yoga, or contact Hannah Airey (hannah[at] or 021 998 109).

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