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Sessions every Sunday.
Laughter sessions are held every Sunday at North Sydney Community Centre. The session lasts about an hour (we often overshoot, though). The session is longer than other laughter clubs in that it is a “laughter yoga” session. As well as the main laughter session, there is a shorter laughter meditation and ending yoga nidra relaxation session.
Details of the sessions are as follows :
VENUE : North Sydney Community Centre,
220 Miller Street (near Ridge St.)
TIME : Every Sunday 5 – 6pm (we often overeshoot to 6.15pm but you can leave early.)
COST : By donation, suggested: $5 max, to room hire. (It’s not always about the money, he he.)
BRING : Bottled water.
DRESS : Casual. Jeans are perfect. Don’t be mislead by the word “yoga” in the title. We won’t be doing any asanas or anything.
REQUIREMENTS : None, not even a sense of humour. Just the willingness to give it a go. No need to book or call in advance. Its very casual. Just show up.
AIM : To explore natural laughter. When we find it, it produces a high that lasts a while after the session. The health benefits will follow – lowering of high blood pressure, blood sugar management, greater ability to handle stress, improved social confidence. I don’t like sustained artificial laughter and would prefer not to laugh at all than keep it up. Hey, if natural laughter doesn’t come, and we’re in a laughter session, that itself is funny. We can ask “what are we all doing here?” Lets all walk out without anyone noticing.
Laughter is a mystery. It can’t be bottled. Real laughter is anarchic. So why hold a “laughter session” when creating natural laughter “on demand” seems out of our reach? You may ask the proper place for natural laughter is with friends, family, perhaps even comedy clubs. And not at a “laughter club”. Unless your blessed with fun loving social connections, laughter is often infrequent within our social circles for most of us. Comedy clubs often use a rough humour at others’ expense. What a laughter club does is to provide a socially “neutral” environment where laughter is permitted, encouraged, without the social implications such as “why are you laughing, what’s the reason?” There is little or no reason for the laughter. In fact genuine laughter is often triggered by little or no reason! Laughter clubs do work in creating genuine laughter. The “quality” of the laughter does vary depending on the chemistry of the day. The strength of the boost after a laughter session does vary, because real laughter depends on circumstances that are so subtle, they are not always in our control.
Feel free to attend North Sydney Laughter Yoga as often as you like. There is no compulsion nor commitment to attend regularly. “Members” come and go as they please, some I don’t see for many months, others I see every week. One time visits are perfectly OK. Always good to share laughter unconditionally.
HISTORY: North Sydney Laughter Yoga was started on February 11th 2007 by Jackie Curran. Because of her other commitments, Usuff Omar took over the laughter leading on November 1st 2009. Usuff has been a laughter club member since 2002 and is now a laughter yoga leader and trainer. He has presented to many organizations since 2008.
USUFF’S TIPS FOR LAUGHTER :
1. Bring bottled water (laughing a lot can be dehydrating.)
2. Always stay within your comfort zone (emotionally and physically.)
3. Preferably leave issues at door (best if don’t spill into laughter.)
4. Less talking better (talking leads to thinking.)
5. Don’t think about it too much (The more we think, less we laugh.)
6. Hold back on anything that drops the laughter of others (laughter is co-created.)
7. Be open to laughter, allow it when it finds you (it shouldn’t be forced.)
Its all worth it for the “high” once you catch the laughter wave.
Parking – Plenty on Sunday
Below is a map showing the location of North Sydney Community Centre (NSCC). The location is actually set in from the road, across a grassy open space. By double clicking on the image you can zoom in. You’ll notice off McLaren street there is a narrow road that runs along St Thomas’ Anglican Church. That road leads to an open car park that’s a minutes walk away from NSCC. There’s plenty of parking there.
Note – you can left click and hold to shift this map to move outside the frame.
To ZOOM IN – double click left mouse.
To ZOOM OUT – double click right mouse..
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