Clive St. James
Business & Economics, Motivation & Performance, Entertainment & Comedy, Mental Health
Laughter Yoga for health on Valentine’s Day! Is this a joke?
There’s always a slightly different feel to a room full of people waiting for something they’re not quite sure about, and that’s exactly how Positive Living Group Bournemouth felt this evening as we were awaiting Clive and Jackie St.James for an evening of Laughter Yoga.
PLGB relaunched only three weeks ago and already the slight edge in the air is palpably different to the other weeks. What will they ask of us? Do we need mats? How much movement is involved exactly?
A semicircle of chairs and an expectant audience, what is laughter yoga anyway it didn’t take long for us to be launched, breath first, into what was a taster of deep full body breathing and an insight into how stale air in the lungs can cause all sorts of problems when not fully exhaled – mental note to practice more conscious deep breathing!
Clive narrated us through a small journey of his and Jackie’s training, and more recent level up on their skills while visiting Dr Katrina in Mumbai, India had involved.
He asked who liked to laugh, and who liked to make others laugh, the room was beginning to warm up and the group were beginning to breathe and move together.
We explored he he he’s and ho ho ho’s and let’s not forget the ha ha ha’s, always allowing for a rest after each exertion of laughter – we were already feeling lighter, freer and warmer. Visually around the room people of all ages seemed more at ease and relaxed with each other.
What’s the difference between happiness and joy? Can laughing each day, for no reason really give you the DOSE that you need to feel good? Dopamine Oxytocin Serotonin Endorphins – it absolutely can and we were experiencing it first hand.
Imagine you’re a penguin, now imagine how an untamed horse might behave and pretend to be on its back. It sounds bizarre and it was but it was also fun and we all seemed to enjoy the stretch from the ordinary into the slightly extraordinary role play and imagination.
Personally my favourite part was a load of gibberish, or should I say complimenting each other in gibberish, and then telling your partner off in gibberish – a whole new world opened up and allowed us to step in without fear of judgement or much care for what anyone else was up to, we were completely present to what was there in front of us, totally in the now. As Clive told us; yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, that’s why we call it the
We finished the evening of dancing the Can Can together, yes, the Can Can! We all kicked the legs, waved the hands and wiggled the hips as the music played and we laughed and laughed and laughed, some of us were twenty years old and some seventy, it made no difference. It was pure, it was wholesome and it was fun with a capital F.
Laughter Yoga Workshop With Dorset MIND
Laughter and playing together builds incredible memories, people will recall stories of their laughter yoga workshop for years to come.
Leading with laughter
Laughter Yoga Motivational speaker come on.
I never wanted to be a motivational speaker or an inspirational speaker or become a Laughter Yoga Ambassador. I did want to be a Guinness World Record Holder a Member of the World Famous Magic Circle and a tank driver.
So this is how it all started… I was sitting in my changing room at a large corporate training day waiting to go on stage for 30-40 minutes of comedy and magic, in order to get the delegates fired up for the second half of the day.
Suddenly the door swung open and the Event Manager stormed in. He announced that the motivational speaker was not coming and that could fill his spot!
I thought well the motivational speaker has lost his motivation… He clearly was not too healthy! He went on to say “we have booked you before and the audience loved you! Just tell them about yourself…”
I said “No, I tell great jokes and stories and perform some fab magic tricks – but I am not doing it and you can’t make me… I am in “Equity” the artists union and I will tell them. Besides, I went on “I have not climbed any great mountains, swum any oceans or played in any football finals!”
He said “You don’t need to have done any of that and besides audiences are fed up with all that… what you have done is far more scary, and people say they would rather die than do what you have done, you have World Records in public speaking/telling jokes and taking driving tests, most people hated taking their car test but you went and got tested on every single different vehicle for fun and went on live TV to teach other crazy drivers. Now you must pass on your superpowers to the nation and the world.
Pass on my super power of laughing for no reason! I said if I do that I will be out of a job! Laughing for no reason, Laughter Yoga, laughter Therapy, healing with laughter. All the doctors will also be made redundant because they won’t be able to give out all those happy pills everyday!
Then he showed the fee the Motivational speaker/ inspirational speaker was going to get and it was three times as big as mine and he only had to do half the amount of time!
I went out to the auditorium and in Martin Luther King style announced “I believe in the power of laughter, If the world laughed more we would be happier and safer and you would be healthier and smarter and this is how we are going to do it!”
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