Laughter Yoga (YOGA - 12LAUG04)

  Please register at the door. Room 146, first floor by the elevator.
April 1st, 2013 6:30 PM   through   April 29th, 2013 7:30 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 146
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
General public $ 45.00
BU staff $ 35.00
Full time student $ 35.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience General public, students
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Come laugh unconditionally! Laughter Yoga, also known as Therapeutic Laughter, is a body/mind/spirit practice developed by a medical doctor from India that combines gentle stretching, yoga-type breathing and playful laughter exercises. The benefits of intentional laughter are many, including a boost to the immune system, cardiovascular workout, pain reduction, lower blood pressure, stress relief and explosion of joy! Please know that this involves very little yoga and very much laughter. The term can be deceiving. April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - Mondays,6:30-7:30 p.m. Instructor: Teresa Verde, BA, CLYL 5 HRS

Each week we will explore a different aspect of the healing power of laughter, including laughter and humor as life skills, the physical and emotional health benefits of laughter, laughter in the workplace, and even how just smiling is beneficial.  Each class will conclude with a half-hour Laughter Yoga session. Bring water and a willingness to “laugh for no reason”!

Please note: If you have any of the following conditions you may need to laugh gently or perhaps not participate in the Laughter Yoga session at the end of each class: hernia, recent abdominal surgery, heart disease accompanied by chest pain, asthma, and/or late stage of pregnancy. 

Upon completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Self-generate laughter
  • Explain what Laughter Yoga is
  • List the health benefits of laughter
  • Create a Laughter Yoga exercise 
  • Describe how laughter affects life
  • Use more humor and playfulness in my daily life
  • Use laughter and humor to cope with challenges 

Teresa Verde is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader who leads programs in varied settings on Laughter Yoga and the Healing Power of Laughter. Her clients include Puget Sound Energy, The Arthritis Foundation, UW Medical Center, American Cancer Society, Everett Community College and many others.

Teresa’s background is in the education of young children. Because Laughter Yoga was instrumental in her own healing crisis, she has made it her life’s work to bring more laughter into the world while educating others of its many benefits.

She is one of the pioneers of Laughter Yoga in Washington State and has ten years experience teaching and using Laughter Yoga. She has appeared in numerous publications, as well as on radio and television. Teresa is affiliated with Laughter Yoga International and World Laughter Tour. She is also a published freelance writer and authors a weekly blog on the subject of laughter. For more information on this instructor go to For more information on Laughter Yoga go to

Course Notes

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room 146. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.