Laughter Yoga Classes in Dublin Ireland
Hi, I'm Marion and I teach Laughter Yoga in Ireland.
As featured on the Today Show with Maura and Daithi on RTE1 National Television,
Marion's Laughter Yoga Class is one of the most enjoyable and sociable ways to spend an hour.
Laughter Yoga is a powerful and fun-filled method of improving health, which I have taught to many organisations and groups around Ireland,
including very large multinational corporations and small social groups.
Arrange a Laughter Yoga session for your upcoming event
I regularly give Laughter Yoga sessions at a variety of events such as Hen Parties,
School Groups, Special Interest Groups, Parties, etc. etc.
To arrange your event please send me a message via this contact form,
with details of what part of the country you are in, the type of event, the approximate number of attendees, and your phone number.
I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Laughter Yoga is a powerful and fun-filled method of improving health, which I have taught to many organisations and groups around Ireland, including very
large multinational corporations and small social groups, such as:
- The Royal College of Surgeons
- The European Headquarters of one of the world's largest and very well known multinational IT Corporations
- The staff and students at various Schools and Colleges throughout the country
- Public Libraries
- Women's Groups
- Hen Parties
- Amateur Drama Groups
- Children's Laughter Yoga
- Special Needs Groups
- Youth Mental Health Groups
- Adult Mental Health Groups
- Cancer Care
The first ever Laughter Yoga Class took place in March 1995, in a public park in Mumbai, India. It was organised by a medical doctor, Dr. Madan Kataria, who had
done extensive research into the effects of laughter on our minds and bodies. He made two major discoveries:
It was this discovery, that the body can't distinguish between real and pretend laughter, which led Dr. Kataria to develop the methodology for Laughter Yoga, a
scientifically proven method of improving mental and physical health through laughter. His Laughter Yoga method has since spread rapidly throughout the world.
He discovered that laughter has major health benefits, which wasn't all that surprising.
But, he also discovered these health benefits occur regardless of whether the laughter is real or simulated, which was a big surprise.
Many forward-thinking organisations in Ireland now use Laughter Yoga as a business tool to improve the health and productivity of their employees.
Many social groups do Laughter Yoga for the health benefits and others do it just for the fun.
- Laughter Yoga is an exercise programme, which brings more oxygen into the body and brain, through laughter.
- It has been scientifically proven that it improve health and energy.
- Gaining these health benefits requires at least 10 minutes of sustained laughter, which is difficult to achieve through natural laughter.
- Since the body reacts the same regardless of whether the laughter is real or simulated,
Laughter Yoga uses a variety of methods to stimulate prolonged laughter within a group of people, which typically starts out as simulated laughter,
but rapidly develops into natural hearty laughter.
What is Laughter Yoga?
It is a combination of childlike playfulness and yoga breathing and it is great fun, we initially pretend to laugh in a Session and
through maintaining eye contact with others the laughter tends to become infectious and genuine and the good news is the body cannot tell
the difference between real and fake laughter we get the same health benefits and in Laughter Yoga we laugh from our bodies and not from our minds.
Is Laughter Yoga suitable for everyone?
Yes, Laughter Yoga is a universal language that connects us and brings us together.
What should I wear?
No special clothing is needed, wear whatever clothes you are comfortable in. It's a good idea to bring a bottle of water, as you may get thirsty.
I have never done Yoga
No worries, it's new and most people haven't yet experienced it. Laughter Yoga is fun and relaxing.
What are the Benefits of Laughter Yoga?
- Relaxes muscles and increases blood circulation
- Antidote for depression/anxiety
- Strengthens immune system
- It's like an internal workout
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces symptoms of allergies, asthma, arthritis
- Improves creativity
- Increases memory and learning ability
- Helps keep you fit effortlessly
- Very sociable, helps people connect
Where did the idea of Laughter Yoga come from?
Dr Madan Kataria, a Medical Doctor in Mumbia, came up with the idea of Laughter Yoga, over twenty years ago. Some of his research was based on
Norman Cousins, who suffered a severe chronic illness, which left him in constant pain. He discovered that by watching comedy films
and belly laughing for ten minutes, he got two hours of pain free sleep. Some years later, Norman published the book "Anatomy of an Illness".
Another person Dr Madan was influenced by was Patch Adams, also a Medical Doctor, on whom the film "Patch Adams", with Robin Williams as "Patch", was based.
If you'd like more information, or if you would like to book a class for your organisation or group, please contact us via our contact page - we look forward to hearing from you.
In the News:
- RTE1 Television:
RTE1 filmed one of my classes and you can see it here: Laughter Yoga on "Today with Maura and Daithi".
- The Local News:"
The following is the text of an article which appeared in The Local News, with the headline "Laugh the stress away with Marion".
It gives a good summary of what Laughter Yoga is all about:
Laugh the stress away with Marion:
It's utterly ridiculous but, as it turns, out, strictly scientific - laughter works!
Boffins in Oxford University, in a large study using a non-laughing control group (a sour-faced bunch they must have been) say that laughter actually
makes physical pain go away. Laughter really is the best medicine.
Now Irish enthusiasts are meeting regularly at "Laughter Yoga Classes" to prove that point in a practical way.
Though her work may seem novel, Marion is actually following the path laid out by Madan Kataria, an Indian doctor.
He was curious to see if loud, lung-filled laughter, with all the endorphins it could release, could help his patients endure chronic pain.
To his surprise, the results seemed almost instantaneous. Later, it was found to have benefits far beyond pain relief:
"It helps people to cope with stress, anxiety, overwork and, of course, aches and pains" Marion explains.
And, for those with a low threshold of embarrassment, she offers reassurance: "First, bear in mind that you won't be the only first timer.
There will be others and they may be embarrassed too, at least when they walk in to the room." This quickly vanishes, she says, when the laughter gets going.
Surprisingly, the techniques she teaches - and they are quite intricate and specific - have an odd way of turning a mild smile into full, volcanic laughter in
just minutes. "We teach something called gradient laughter, which is a bit like catching a fit of the giggles", Marion told Local News.
"After that, the sky's the limit. When the first minute or two is over, it all seems to happen spontaneously."
I look forward to meeting you at a Laughter Yoga session, some time soon.