Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
A collection of blog posts - feel free to respond with your thoughts and comments - I love to have feedback - thank you!
I've had a few people offer to help with my homework - that is to laugh with me. So I thought the easiest way might be to put a few words together here.
Becoming a Laughter Yoga teacher has been on my to do list for a while. I do think we don't laugh enough in general. Today I learnt again that children laugh 3-400 times a day. And adults - on average 10-15 times. How did it get so serious? When did we stop playing - and laughing?
This week on Wednesday and Friday, I'm going to host two zoom calls to practice the exercises I'm learning. They'll be on Wednesday 20th January at 1.30pm and Friday 22nd January at 2pm. The course has requested that we video ourselves/friends/family laughing and send it in as homework, so if you're happy to be on video to the group, then do say - if you'd rather not that's fine too and I'll video another time at home. My feeling is the world needs laughter at the moment so I'm happy to adapt.
6 people have said they'd like to be involved and I think that's likely enough for now... though if you've said you want to come along and the timing doesn't work - do let me know when might work for you and I'll try and sort something next week to suit.
I do want to share the list of conditions that the training group I'm working with have recommended people not to undertake Laughter Yoga if they're experiencing - or at least to seek medical advice first. If you've any of these please don't join me!
I want to be clear here that I'm not a Laughter Yoga teacher, I'm doing a beginners course and offering this to friends and family, not as an expert. I plan to add more training as time allows and hope to share it lots more over time.
Wednesday meeting 1.30pm - 1.50pm
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Have a watch of this TEDMED Live talk with Dr Madan Kataria - the founder of Laughter Yoga, who explains about Laughter Yoga. I'm happy to be being taught by Dr Kataria on the course currently.
Taken from my Laughter Yoga workbook:
People with following conditions must take medical opinion before doing Laughter Yoga exercises:
Hernia: Hernia is very common in elderly people and in those who have chronic cough and prostate enlargement. If you notice any swelling in the groin area while laughing or experience any pain, you must consult your doctor before doing laughter exercises regularly. Hernia normally needs surgical correction.
Incontinence in women: This is most common in women. If there is involuntary passing of urine while laughing or coughing you must consult your doctor. This may be due to sagging of the uterus or weak ligaments.
Bleeding hemorrhoids: Those suffering from bleeding from any part of the body must be very careful while doing laughter exercises.
Heart problem with chest pain: If you experience any chest pain while doing any exercise you must consult your doctor.
Pregnancy: Women with history of miscarriage and those in the last two months of pregnancy must take precaution and see the doctor before doing Laughter Yoga.
Major surgeries: One must wait for at least three months after any surgery before resuming any strenuous exercises.
Epilepsy: Those with a history of epileptic seizures must be careful as change in any emotional state can trigger an epileptic attack. Take expert opinion.
Cold & flu: In case of severe attack of cold & flu, wait for some time as the virus might spread to other members.
Severe backache: If someone has prolapsed inter- vertebral disc (slipped disc), one should not do laughter and other exercises, unless advised by their physician. Any forward and backward bending can aggravate the symptoms of slip disc.
Hopefully see you there! And if not now then soon :)
With love and laughter,
I'm a Homeopath working in the Skipton (North Yorkshire) area. I am also able to offer food intolerance testing using Kinesiology and advice around diet and lifestyle.
Em Colley MARH, Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy
BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Laughter Yoga Leader
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition