Would you like cheering up?!

Maybe you’re feeling abit down, under the weather, worried or stressed.  

Is your sleep disturbed, are you feeling lethargic, having headaches or general aches and pains?

Let me cheer you up!  Join one of my classes for less than a hour of your time and I promise to make you smile, giggle and hopefully have a good belly laugh! 

Please have a look through the rest of this site and I’d love it if you would join me on one of the online classes to try it for yourself.
To laugh like a child
Children laugh around 100 times per day and adults only about 10 to 15 times per day.

Laughter arising out of humour is conditional. It depends upon the person’s intellectual ability, state of mind and level of happiness and life satisfaction. Children laugh without any mental or cognitive ability to aid them in comprehending humour. Most of their laughter is an outcome of playfulness and inherent joyfulness. Children laugh around 100 times per day and adults only about 10 to 15 times per day.

To develop the ability to laugh joyfully once again, adults must remove layers of inhibition, programming and mental roadblocks created by self, family, and society. Beneath these barriers lies an infinite ability to laugh for no reason.

Although these group classes provide the stimulus for laughing, it is more about letting out your inner child which helps adults to get over their inhibitions and loosen up. These classes are about encouraging us all to have more laughter and fun in our lives.

Laughter Yoga Online Session

These classes last between 30 and 45 minutes.


What has Yoga got to do with laughing?

Doctor Kataria’s wife, a yoga instructor, helped him with including yoga breathing exercises to enhance the benefits of laughing more deeply. The secret of deep breathing is that the exhalation of breath is longer than the inhalation. With yoga techniques, people are taught to use their abdominal muscles to exhale more deeply and this can sometimes be difficult. With laughter yoga, the easiest way to exhale for longer is to – just laugh!

Laughing is the easiest and quickest way to expel air from our lungs ready for our next oxygen filled inhalation.

Most of the laughter and yoga breathing exercises are aimed at stimulating the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. These muscles activate the parasympathetic system which is the calming part of the nervous system. This system is opposite to the sympathetic one which is the stress arousal part of the nervous system. This stress arousal part can be turned off by simply learning to use the diaphragm.

How did Laughter Yoga begin?

There have been many people who have contributed to the history of therapeutic laughter. The one who inspired Laughter Yoga is Doctor Kataria.

In 1995 he began writing an article about laughter being “the best medicine”. During this time, he visited his local park in Mumbai and persuaded a very small group of people to join him in laughing together using jokes or stories as humour.

The same people would attend these gatherings on a weekly basis and others would see the gathering and ask to join in. After a few weeks, the jokes started to run out and some of the new participants started making their own jokes but these became rude or inappropriate. The participants that first attended the group started to complain that this wasn’t the group that they started with and didn’t want to attend anymore.

So, that same day, the doctor went back to his research and found the answer he was looking for – our bodies cannot tell the difference between real laughter and fake laughter. Your body will still release the same feel good feelings and enjoy the benefits.

The doctor went back to the same park the next day and asked the group to humour him and simply laugh out loud for one minute. The group agreed and soon enough the fake laughing turned into real laughing. This breakthrough was the creation of Laughter Yoga.

  • Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humour, jokes or comedy.
  • We initiate laughter as an exercise in a group but with eye contact and childlike playfulness and it soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
  • The reason we call it Laughter Yoga is because it combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing.  This brings more oxygen into the body and the brain which makes us feel more energetic and healthy.
  • The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter if done with willingness.  We get the same health benefits whether laughter is real or simulated.
  • It was started by a medical doctor Dr Madan Katari from Mumbai in India.  He was supported by his wife, Madhuri Katari, a yoga teacher.  Laughter Yoga started with just five people in a Mumbai park in 1995 and there are now thousands of clubs in over 110 countries.

PLEASE NOTE: These are the benefits as provided by Dr. Madan Kataria at laughteryoga.org.

So Who Am I?

I am Eleanor and I am a certified Laughter Yoga Leader. The name “Lella” comes from a nickname that my mum calls me and I thought that “Lella Laughter” had a nice ring to it. This may be a mouthful as a radio presenter once introduced me as “Lella Laughter Loga”!

In 2016 I was convalescing from a car accident and needed something to help me lift my mood. I had already been off work for 6 years and was feeling depressed about my limited mobility so I decided to find something that could improve my mental outlook.

Following plenty of research, I trained with Maria Chappell t/as Chi-Ki Holistic Health to become a certified Laughter Yoga Leader in August 2016.

The following link with take you to Maria’s facebook if you would like to take a look.

I’ve taken these sessions all around my local area in Yorkshire and have helped many people to have a great day. I’ve delivered it in residential care homes and to groups of adults and children in various settings both in person and online.

In these generally difficult times I’m putting a focus on the online sessions as it lets me keep on helping people in the best way available to me.

I personally feel that both the Laughter Yoga and Kidult are linked through energy.   I give my own energy when practising the Laughter Yoga classes and the Kidult classes. They are both part of something that I cannot see but I know is there. These practices are a huge compliment to each other and I love being a part them both.

Have a look at this video for more detail on how it works…
Why Would I Want To Attend A Laughter Yoga Session?

Laughter Yoga classes are a great way to feel good – the benefits come from the endorphins released which strengthen our immune systems.  It can also help you sleep better, increase your concentration and reduce blood pressure etc.  Laughter really is the best medicine!

What Do I Need To Do?

Once you’ve signed up below you simply need to turn up.
Wear something comfortable and click the link you’ll be sent.
The session will include a warm up, some fun games to play and a cool down relaxation at the end.

Laughter Yoga Online Session

These classes last between 30 and 45 minutes.

What’s Involved In A Class?

These 30-45 minute online classes will be using Zoom so please ensure that you have this downloaded onto your computer in readiness for a meeting.

On the meeting date, you will receive an email which will provide you with a link to the Zoom meeting.

I will need to see you and hear you during this Zoom meeting.

Please wear something comfortable and please be in a room where there won’t be any distractions such as other people or phone calls etc.

Please have a chair in the room with you as we may have some laughter exercises when this may come in useful.

The classes start up with warming up exercises. Breathing deeply into the diaphragm will prepare the lungs for laughter. We will then start off with a smile, a grin or a giggle, lots of eye contact and childlike playfulness.

The warm up exercise can lead to more sustainable laughter, someone in the group will have a contagious laugh which can keep the laughter going.

There are various exercises involved too. These will appear very silly and childlike so please leave your self-consciousness in another room! I will be asking you to make fake laughing noises out loud while playing silly games. One example game is pretending that you have a jar of laughing cream in one hand and smothering it all over you with your other hand making you laugh as you do it.

If there is a member that has difficulty with standing or moving around then please let me know so that I can offer an alternative to the exercise.

Otherwise, please feel free to watch the others and laugh along with them.

Here are a brief list of some of the Laughter Exercises that we are likely to try
  • Ants in Your Pants Laughter – Run around shrieking and laughing as if your pants were filled with ants.
  • Electric Shock Laughter – Pretend you are getting a static electric shock when you bump into things in your room, this causes you to jump and laugh.
  • Roller Coaster Ride Laughter – Pretend you are on a rollercoaster and we all laugh while we go side to side and up and down along the track.
  • Evil Laughter – Do your best impersonation of an evil character’s laugh. The more over-the- top, the better.
  • I like to play the sound of group laughing in the background which can help people relax and not feel so self-conscious about laughing out loud. The laughter can last for 15 minutes and this provides the full benefits.
A Calming Close…

The session then finishes with a guided Nidra calming technique with some relaxing, slow breathing.

During this time, it is best to be sitting (or laying) in a comfortable position, relaxed and with your eyes closed. I will speak to you and give you calming instructions on how to relax each part of your body from head to toe.

This is a perfect ending to our laughter class and some members do fall asleep!

The class will then come to an end.

The Nidra Technique is available as a stand alone session especially intended to help you get a more restful sleep.

Nidra Technique

1:1 Nidra Technique session lasting around 20 minutes.

What Are The Benefits Of Laughter Yoga?

The benefits can be felt from the very first session and members report an improvement in their physical health, as well as a more positive mental attitude and higher energy levels. Some people notice that they don’t fall sick as often.

Laughing can aid illnesses such as:
• Depression 
• Hypertension 
• Heart disease 
• Allergies 
• Migraines 
• Respiratory infections 
• Arthritis 
• Stiff muscles

As life has become more sedentary and stressful, people can find it hard to stick to any exercise routine; Laughter Yoga is an ideal alternative. It can be compared to any aerobic exercise, except that you don’t have to wear fancy shoes or clothes and you don’t need to slog on a treadmill.

Everyone can laugh when life is good but it can be difficult to laugh when you face challenges.  Laughter helps you to keep a positive outlook so you can face negative situations with optimism.

Laughter Yoga is ideally suited for busy people  who have very little time to exercise.

Enjoying 20 minutes of Laughter Yoga can give you similar results as those of going to gym for a hour.

And now for the science bit…

Book Onto Your Session Now…
Laughter Yoga Online Session

These classes last between 30 and 45 minutes.

Nidra Technique

1:1 Nidra Technique session lasting around 20 minutes.


If you have any questions then you’re welcome to email me at oates_eleanor@hotmail.co.uk