About Laughter Yoga as discipline
😁 Laughter Yoga is a wonderful practice and discipline based on the revolutionary idea – simple and profound – that anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group and with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on the scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.
Practiceable as a real exercise routine, it is fast-sweeping the world and is a complete well-being workout. It is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician from Mumbai who started the first laughter club in a park on 13th March 1995, with just 5 people. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon and there are thousands of social laughter clubs in more than 101 countries.
It is called Laughter “Yoga” because it combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (PRANAYAMA). Join us to experience it!!!
Join our FREE Laughter session on Zoom
Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader!
Hosted by Rosaria Cirillo (Happiness Change Catalyst, Certified Happiness Trainer, Customer Experience Professional, Yoga and Laughter Yoga Teacher), the “Laugherzoom Club” is a (FREE) short & fun introduction to Laughter Yoga session to get a burst of energy and laughter. Laughing together on Zoom activates our mirror neurons and quickly creates contagious laughter.
Next to her 20+ years of work in various Customer Experience roles, Rosaria has spent the past 6 years learning as much as possible about the science of happiness and the practices of happiness. After writing about the benefits of Smile and Laughter in Yellow Goldfish in 2018, she explored Laughter as practice and discipline in 2021, becoming first Laughter Yoga Leader and then Laughter Yoga Teacher
As her way to contribute to happiness through Laughter, since September 2021 she has been hosting FREE 20-30 minutes Laugherzoom, short Laughter Yoga session on Zoom! You can find recordings of these sessions in this YouTube playlist and at the bottom of this page.
In 2023 our sessions became Laugh&Learn sessions, where:
- in the first 5-8 minutes Rosaria shares nuggets of knowledge about LY & the series topic,
- we laugh together for at least 10-12 minutes as that is the minimum needed for our joy cocktail
- we end with 5 minutes of closure/grounding meditation and a 5-10 minutes converation when there are questions.
Last year’s topics have been around the Chakras, the DOSE of happiness chemicals, and the SPIRE framework (Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Relational Wellbeing from Happiness Studies Academy): the operating system, the hardware, the software, and the practices.
The next series is about the 9 Yellow Factors of Happiness.
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Do you want to learn more about the power of Laughter? Check out this blog post.
Do you want to learn more about Rosaria and be inspired (or get your company and colleagues inspired) by her? Find out more about her below, check out our keynotes, happiness booster sessions and training programs, and connect on Linkedin
Looking forward to seeing you there and laughing together. Keep smiling, and start laughing. Always nurture happiness contribution
ABOUT THE LAUGHTER YOGA TEACHER – ROSARIA
Rosaria‘s specific certifications related to Happiness, Yoga, and Laughter Yoga
- Certified Yoga Teacher, Himalayan Yoga Academy, 2023
- Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Laughter Yoga Academy, 2021
- Certified Happiness Trainer, Happiness Studies Academy with Tal Ben-Shahar, 2019
Rosaria has followed the following Laughter Yoga Trainings:
- Inner Spirit of Laughter, April-May 2021 with Dr. Madan Kataria
- Laughter Yoga Leader Training, May 2021 with Lara Lucaccioni
- Laughter Yoga Teacher Training, August 2021 with Lara Lucaccioni
- Laughter Yoga 2.0 Training updates, 2022 with Dr. Madan Kataria
Nurture your well-being and flourish with our open sessions and programs. Reach out to me if you have any questions
My journey to discover Laughter Yoga
Back in 2018, when I wrote Yellow Factor (formerly Yellow Goldfish) – which covers nine ways increasing H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. in business can drive G.R.O.W.T.H., productivity, and prosperity for customers, employees, and society overall, Stan Phelps and I made quite a few references to the power of Laughter and we dedicate an entire chapter to SMILE (the final S in Happiness) because when we smile we activate hundreds of facial muscles and we send a message to our body to rebalance, to cultivate health and vitality, we feel inner joy and connection to others. You can read more about this in the blog post “The power of Laughter & World Laughter Day“
At the time of writing Yellow Goldfish, I thought that joke, comedy, or some other type of stimulus was needed in order to laugh. I first heard about Laughter Yoga in 2019, while I was looking for a laughter-provoking exercise to do during a Design Thinking Conference workshop. I found a great exercise on YouTube and I kept proposing it in my future sessions or workshops, but without further investigating what Laughter Yoga actually was (as I was actually set back by the word Yoga). It was only in 2021 that thanks to Lara Lucaccioni I learned that it is called Laughter “Yoga” simply because it combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing, but there are no physical yoga positions involved (even though I also practiced and liked Yoga Flow, I had imagined that I wouldn’t like a laughing version of Yoga). As I deepened my knowledge of Laughter Yoga with Dr. Kataria & Lara Lucaccioni, I started practicing it daily as of 13 April 2021. I started with the Inner Spirit of Laughter course directly with Dr. Kataria in April 2021, then became Laughter Yoga Leader in May 2021, and Laughter Yoga Teacher in August 2021. Since September 2021, I then continued to keep up my daily laughter yoga practice on Zoom at 7:30 (even when all I did was cry or crack a few smiles) with fellow Teachers from the Teachers Training course, and this daily laughter is a practice that very much contributes to my spiritual, physical, emotional, and relational wellbeing (the 5 elements of wellbeing I studied with Tal Ben-Shahar Happiness Studies Academy and I now teach in my open courses), even (and especially) in the most stressful time of my life, when my world was turned upside down last November as my husband got a sudden life-threatening illness and was away from home for 3 months. Since 2021, I facilitate FREE 30-minute “Laugh and Learn” sessions on Zoom. And I want to contribute to bringing more laughter into the world with two more extensive training programs:
“Stress Buster and Joy Blaster“: 6 weekly session program. Designed to improve your resilience to everyday challenges with practical knowledge to reduce stress and increase well-being by learning more about your mind, body, and heart.
- 16 hours Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training Program: 4 sessions of ~4 hours + 1 session of 90 minutes. This training is the official training by Laughter Yoga Academy and is designed to learn the facilitation skills needed to lead a group of people through a LY session and meditation. You can start a Social Laughter Club or lead a session with companies and corporations. You will learn the concept, history, philosophy, and different steps of LY which includes 40 Foundation Exercises and how Laughter Meditation works. The training is run by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers over 2 days or 12 hours. On completion, participants become certified as Laughter Yoga Leaders.
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After 13 years in corporate in various customer experience roles at leading companies like Forrester Research, Adobe, and Philips, since 2014 I’ve been advising companies and training international professionals on improving Customer Experience, while deepening my knowledge in Happiness and Positive Phycology. Understanding emotions and building empathy capabilities are key competencies in designing and delivering remarkable customer and employee experiences.
Also, like everyone, I’ve had my share of struggles in my professional and personal life, and my personal wellbeing always impacted my professional performance. This is why I’ve taken lessons from burnout and mental health issues and invested in recovery and learning first, and now I share my knowledge and practices in the business world, evangelizing the key role of happiness and wellbeing in business too. The Science of Happiness, Positive Psychology, Non-Violent Communication, Mindfulness, and Intuitive Painting have been game-changers for my personal well-being. Daily practices of laughter yoga, qigong, and heart coherence boost my energy and happiness. You can learn about me and my journey here.
Combining my CX and Happiness knowledge, I created the Happiness Driven Growth Model, a holistic approach that focuses on maximizing the happiness of both employees and customers (so that excellence, profits, and loyalty follow as a result) starting from understanding and nurturing our physical and mental wellbeing as individuals.
Lifelong learning and sharing knowledge are two of my favorite activities. And with these new open programs, I want to support conscious leaders to understand and nurture enriching emotions and make happiness their competitive advantage in business and life. These programs are available as open to individuals or as in-company options.