Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

The next training is scheduled for November 17th-19th 2017

• Do you wish you felt better physically, emotionally, energetically?
• Are you looking for a fun & unique way to separate yourself from the pack?
• Have you reached a place where your needs and wants are met, yet something seems to be missing?
• Are you already joyful, but looking for a way to share that joy in a broader context?
• Do you wish you had a community who could inspire you as you cultivate joy?

When you become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL) you will learn to confidently lead Laughter Yoga sessions in every setting, and to apply laughter to even the most challenging circumstances. In turn, you will learn to walk the talk of a joyful path. The skills you learn in CLYL training will enrich every area of your work and personal life.

If you are interested in exploring effective ways to integrate laughter, joy and Laughter Yoga into your personal and professional life, as a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, I can offer you professional teaching and genuine support in an intimate family-like setting. And now is the time to do it! Laughter Yoga is a growing movement! It has been featured on Forbes.com, in The New Yorker and multiple articles in Time Magazine. In addition, it has been on Oprah, The Nate Berkus Show, Dancing with the Stars and Wife Swap and featured in Yoga Journal numerous times in recent years, but it is still the ground floor of this global movement! For details click here and scroll to the bottom.

Why Choose Andréa and Portland Laughter Yoga?

Since 2009, I have lead more than ten trainings and trained over 70 students (see all of our fun photos at the bottom of this page!). Some students have gone on to become Laughter Yoga Teachers themselves and are spreading Laughter Yoga to their communities (OR, WA, MT, NH). I led the Awakenings Laughter Club for 2 1/2 years. It was the first weekly Laughter Club in Portland to last more than a few months. I currently co-lead at the Hawthorne Laughter Club along with many of my alumni and I am on the search for a new spot to hold a weekly evening club. In addition, I have been in the local media numerous times over the years. I have worked with almost every type of audience (seniors, kids, corporate, persons w/ disabilities, prisoners, birthdays etc.) and if I haven't I probably know people who have! The world-wide Laughter Yoga community is connected and always willing to help. I have a passion for laughter and my students, which means my support continues to be available after you graduate. My corporate training and subsequent speaking experience come in to play, yet I offer this training in a relaxed, informal manner. This is Laughter Yoga after all! Fun and flexiblity are inherent. I have been described as "the approachable expert" by one of my students.  You will not regret getting your training from me.

A weekend of FUN - laughing & connecting as you becoming a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader! Very good, very good! YAY!

Typical Workshop Schedule

  • Friday 6:30-9:00 pm - Laughter Yoga Session & Intro

  • Saturdays 12 pm to 6:00 pm - Training & Laughter sessions

  • Sundays 10 am to 6:00 pm - Training & Participant Practice with a trip to a Laughter Club for graduation!

  • Introductory downloads will be emailed to you once you register with information & assignments to complete before the in-person training. Estimated 4-6 hours of time to complete (reading, watching, listening).

  •  Follow up tele-class to answer questions

  • Bonus one-on-one session with Andrea

  • Join classmates in the 40 Day Laughter Challenge - Day 1 begins the 1st day of class 

  • Camaraderie and support from the local laughter community, your teacher and the global Laughter Yoga community (Yahoo! & Facebook Groups and more)

If you are interested in training, please contact me directly. At this time, I do not have any 2016 trainings scheduled. I am finishing up my last term of a graduate program, but if I have enough interest (minimum 4 people) I may schedule a training.

Located near Eastmoreland/Sellwood area of SE Portland. Exact address will be given upon registration.** There is free parking and it is accessible by Tri-met bus.

This training is for you if want to:

  • Start you own laughter club and classes - free or paid
  • Offer presentations and awareness seminars on Laughter Yoga
  • Incorporate laughter into workshops and classes you already teach
  • Enjoy a weekend of fun, playfulness and great people
  • Laugh for hours on end for your own health & wellness

The basics you need to be a Certified LY Leader are covered in this training: History and benefits of Laughter Yoga; LY exercises; We touch on facilitating LY for various audiences & developing a solo laughter; Yogic breathing; Access to free online club listing at laughteryoga.org & a discounted Prozone Membership when you first enroll; Practice, practice, and more practice! My students leave with actual experience leading.

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Ideal for anyone who wants to experience more joy & spread the benefits of laughter! Highly recommended for:

health care practitioners, healers, coaches, fitness & yoga instructors, teachers, healers, activists, those working with seniors and children, public speakers and corporate trainers, business owners, managers, team leaders, sales professionals, mental health providers, medical professionals, complementary therapists, members of the Armed Services, and parents

Certification training is an entire weekend. You will learn Laughter Yoga exercises & techniques, practice leading a group and learn tips for starting a Laughter Yoga Club in your community. Get even more training details here, including a sample schedule!

This training also qualifies you to take the 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher training taught by Dr. Kataria himself or any of the Master Trainers!

As a new Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, you will be eligible to network with other professionals in a variety of ways. Once trained, everyone can list free clubs and events on the international page for no charge. You will also have the ability to join special a Yahoo! and FaceBook Groups to network and learn from others in the field for free. The community is definitely one of the perks! The Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga offers the Laughter Yoga ProZone ($60/yr) to all leaders and teachers. Upon certification you will get 6 months free with the purchase of a year membership. As part of the Pro Zone, you will have access to an array of materials - DVDs and CDs with bulk discounts, articles, research, news updates, blog sites, graphics and various promotional tools - including a personalized profile listed on the #1 Laughter Yoga website - all part of an international network available from www.laughteryoga.org.

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* If we do not have enough people enrolled by the early-bird deadline to meet the minimum, class may be canceled. Please contact me prior to making non-refundable travel arrangements if you are coming in from out of town.

** The training is held at my home. Unfortunately, my house is not wheelchair accessible. I also have a cat, so if you have known allergies, please bring medication. Please contact me if you have any concerns or if either of these prevents you from enrolling. 

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