Laughter & Spirituality
Laughter & Difficulty
Laughter as the best medicine...
Other laughter quotes
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Bodhisattva in MetroLaughter Yoga related websites
My all time favorite youtube video...
"I Love to Laugh" from Mary Poppins
One of my most beloved movie scenes...
Benefits of Laughter Yoga with John Cleese
My very first taste of Laughter Yoga. Cleese: "Laughter is a force for democracy."
"Laughing for No Reason in Prison"
I gave this 'Pecha Kucha' talk (20 slides, 20 seconds a slide) in 2010 about offering Laughter Yoga behind bars.
"Laughter Flash" in Chicago
My friend Katie led a "Laughter Flash" in Chicago-- by the end no one knew who was part of the project and who wasn't...
"Laughter Yoga with Salimah" in Toronto
My friend Salimah offering an Intro to Laughter Yoga class at a Lululemon store in Toronto. Lovely!
"Hooked on a Feeling"
Laughologist Albert Nerenberg looks at what happens when recovering addicts give laughter a try...
"Laughing Alone without Sound"
Laughter Yoga founder Dr. Madan Kataria explores "laughing alone without sound" at 5am in the morning...
Laughter Yoga Solo Practice
My friend (and former Laughter Yoga trainee!) Robert Rivest offering a 10 minute solo laughter yoga practice. Yea!!
Laughter-Qi: Kidney Sequence
This Laughter-Qi sequence, which I adapted from Qi-Gong (a Chinese meditative practice meaning "Life Energy Cultivation"), is a short 3 minute practice that energizes the body and breath while brightening the heart and mind.
Laughter Yoga and MS
A news clip of my friend Heather in Colorado working with folks with MS and traumatic brain injury.
"Gita's Story (Laughter Yoga Teacher with Parkinson's)"
Woman with Parkinson's Disease explains how she uses Laughter Yoga to manage pain and stay positive by accessing her own "inner pharmacy."
Laughter Yoga as Complementary Care for Cancer
Inspiring story about a Peruvian woman who used Laughter Yoga to stay positive and joyful during her battle with ovarian cancer. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)
Laughter Yoga with Cancer Patients
A news clip on Laughter Yoga at a cancer treatment center in Chicago.
Laughter Yoga in the Workplace
A video of various news clips and footage of Laughter Yoga in the workplace.
Yoga de la Risa en México y el Mundo Entero
A multilingual youtube video (prominently featuring my friend Jorge!) about laughter yoga in Mexico and around the world.
Yoga de la Risa en "Activate con las Evelyns"
My friend Luis on a Mexican talk show discussing and demonstrating Laughter Yoga. Jo Jo Ja Ja Ja!
A delightful video with clear & precise instructions on how to speak "gibberish" (zen-speak)!
"Ev'rybody Has a Laughing Place"
"Now here's a place that you can go that will make you happy! It's called a laughing place, and everybody has one, even if you don't know it..."
"Laugh You Sun of a Gun"
Shirley Temple offers this reminder to "look on the sunny side" (with Spanish subtitles).
Laughter Yoga International
LY founder Dr. Kataria's site for laughter yoga around the world...
Laughter Yoga America
Useful site with lots of information and links...
"I would not exchange the
laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes; nor would I be
content with converting my tears, invited by my agonized self, into
calm. It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever
be tears and laughter. Tears that purify my heart and reveal to me the secret of life and its mystery, Laughter that brings me closer to my fellow men; Tears with which I
join the broken-hearted, Laugher that symbolizes joy over my very
-- Kahlil Gibran
friend, for laughter ignites a fire within the pit of your belly and
awakens your being."
--Stella & Blake
"The whole play of existence is so beautiful that laughter can be the only response to it. Only laughter can be the real prayer, gratitude."
“In some respects, if I had to choose just one (virtue on
the spiritual path), I’d feel safest with a sense of humor. We pick ourselves up, dust ourselves
off, have a good laugh about human nature, and get on with our journeys.”
--Bo Lozoff (Prison-Ashram Project)
“Sometimes when I am alone in my room in the dark, I practice smiling to myself. I do this to be kind to myself, to take good care of myself, to love myself. I know that if I cannot take care of myself, I cannot take care of anyone else.”
--Thich Nhat Han
“There are two ways we can become spiritual. One is religious, meditation, yoga. I believe that’s long and very difficult. It takes years to become spiritual. Another way you can become spiritual is– raise your spirits. And raise someone else’s spirits. You are spiritual. You don’t need to spend hours in temple chanting mantras. You play like a child. Flow from your heart with your love, compassion, appreciation, forgiveness. You are spiritual. You don’t have to go to temples… Ha ha ha!”
--Dr. Madan Kataria in the movie “Enlighten Up”
"In a few Zen monasteries, every monk has to start his morning with laughter, and has to end his night with laughter -- the first thing and the last thing! You try it. . . For no reason! Because there is no reason. Simply, you are again there, still alive -- it is a miracle!"
need in the world is love and laughter. That's all anybody needs. To have love
in one hand and laughter in the other."
"It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either."
"Laughter is the valve on the pressure cooker of life. Either you laugh and suffer, or you got your beans or brains on the ceiling."
"Every blessed one of you feels better for that burst of laughter."
"There is little success where there is little laughter."
"I have always felt that laughter in the
face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the
day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time
to laugh is any time you can."
"I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me the most civilized music in the world."
"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities."
"He who has
laughter on his side has no need of proof."
thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose."
heart of Laughter Yoga does not really lie in laughter but in helping
people develop and rediscover their childlike playfulness. When we
re-learn to be playful like a child, laughter comes so naturally, as
your inner child comes out of yourself once again. From physical
playfulness comes a playful mental attitude that helps develop one’s
sense of humor. You then begin to see the funny side of life and learn
to take life lighter — your outlook becomes brighter, and your attitude
--Dr. Madan Kataria
the animal kingdom, laughter signals, 'We're in a play mode.' In fact,
laughter is thought to have evolved from labored breathing during
--Dr. Greg Bryant at UCLA.
“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with
what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work,
realize it is play.”
-- Alan Wilson Watts
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.”
-- Charles E. Schaefer
“Play is the highest form of research.”
-- Albert Einstein
"As radical as it may seem, it is possible to do things only out of play. I believe that to the degree that we engage moment by moment in the playfulness of enriching life-- motivated solely by the desire for its enrichment-- to that degree are we being compassionate with ourselves."
-- Marshall B. Rosenberg, founder of NVC, in "Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life"
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his
work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body;
his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He
simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing,
and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To
himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
-- L.P. Jacks
“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play”
-- John Cleese