Big Giggly Goals with Laughter Yoga

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Big Giggly Goals

For weeks and weeks and weeks I have been been dreaming of new ways to expand on the Giggle On! idea.

  • How do I most effectively spread the Don’t Give Up! Giggle On! mantra of resiliency, laughter and playfulness to all corners of the world?
  • How do I integrate the mission of a social enterprise with a revenue-generating business? [Since firing myself from my day job 2 weeks ago I realize a girl has got to eat.]
  • How does Giggle On become a transformational agent of large-scale social change? [I have BIG goals]

I recognize that depression and mental illness (plus a host of other physical ailments) cause hopelessness, pain, sadness, isolation, frustration, anxiety and even death for millions of people each year.

  • What will Giggle On do (what will I do) to help transmute these negative feelings into laughter & joy?


Enter Stage Left:  Carmela Carlyle and Laughter Yoga Leader Training


Over the weekend of May 16th and 17th, I will be in San Francisco with Lissa Rankin, my Owning Pink friend and together we will attend a Laughter Yoga Leader Training with Carmela Carlyle (pictured left).

Carmela is going to train me to be a Laughter Yoga Leader. Yeah baby!

Christa and Laughter Yoga – could this union BE anymore perfect?


Laughter + Yoga = Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga was created by Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian medical doctor. He and his wife, Madhuri, a yoga teacher, integrated yoga breathing, stretches, clapping and laughter exercises to create Laughter Yoga. They started a small group in 1995 and there are now Laughter Yoga Clubs in 62 countries with thousands of people laughing for better health around the world everyday.

Have you experienced a laughter yoga class? Would you like to try laughter yoga? If so, I would love to hear from you.


I have been intrigued by the idea of Laughter Yoga since last August when I posted a YouTube video on the subject.

In my recent post, Yoga breathing with Whoopie Cushion, my intention was to open the dialogue about breathing, specifically deep breathing – or lung aerobics – in a fun way. You know me. I like fun. I love to laugh.

Reduce stress, B-R-E-A-T-H-E

I am a certified yoga teacher but I realize the average American or the majority of people who read my blog are not yogi’s or yogini’s. Incorporating the Whoopie Cushion got your attention and allowed me to briefly and comically address the importance of the breath for stress reduction.

fitness_1The most important part of any yoga practice is the breath. Yoga cultivates deep breathing. Deep breathing increases oxygen delivery to the body, specifically, to your cells, and aids in detoxification and stress relief.

During deep breathing exercises in our yoga practice, we exhale more fully. The inhalation breath that occurs after a deep exhale allows more oxygen into the body.

More oxygen is good for you! 🙂

Laughter is a fast, easy and fun way to expel stale air from our lungs. Laughing strengthens our immune system, reduces stress, pain and depression, increases circulation, oxygenates lungs and tissues, relaxes and strengthens muscles, boosts endorphins and provides a connection for interpersonal communication to others in our community.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to San Francisco I go!

Got Laughter Yoga? Giggle On!


  1. Am just enjoying your site and feeling oh so positive every time I log on. Thanks for sharing all the goodness, and your great hats. Love ya, Kathy H

    • @ Kathy – Glad you’re catching the positive vibe here. Love you too.

      @ Laughing Lady Amy – I am thrilled you stopped over from Twitter to check me out. I am so excited about training. I would love to talk to you more about your experience. Also, is your radio program Eastern Standard time? I would like to listen in!

      @ Diana – Thanks for bringing this John Cleese YouTube to my attention. I had not seem this one before! Good call!

  2. I have a friend who does laughter therapy in hospitals in particular. She does not only keep to the paedieatric ward either. Its uplifting to encounter laughter groups who meet in public places for the main purpose of inciting laughter in themseves , each other and passing strangers. Enthusiastic individuals light up a local park or wherever they happen to meet. Nice to see people share positive energy in creative ways.

    Liara Coverts last blog post..How do you chart your life?

  3. @ Connie – Stay tuned! I will be ready to lead a laughter yoga session next month.

    @ Liara – Thanks for stopping by! I would love to watch your friend in action at the hospital spreading the giggles. To facilitate a smile, a giggle and deep belly-laughing is my goal. Actually, I am passionate about creating transformational change using laughter – I am on an exciting path here and am honored to share.

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