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4th Australasian Laughter Yoga ConferenceMerv Neal, Australia : Well the 4th Australasian Laughter Yoga Conference has been run and won in Sydney. There were folks from around Australia as well as a strong contingency from New Zealand. Set in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Camp Yarramundi was the perfect setting for the occasion. It’s running waters and natural Australian bushland surroundings were abundant with native animals, reptiles, and birdlife

Dr Kataria’s new Laughter Yoga Concept

The Conference started with the Good Doctor introducing us to his new concept called “Laughing in the Mind”. This gives people the ability to Laugh for no Reason alone and silently. Based heavily on a meditation format it was remarkably easy to grasp. Having tried it several times since I can assure you that it really does work. Well done Doc

The Giggles

Hannah and Honalee from The Giggles were inspiring with their concept. Unfortunately Richard was only present as a cardboard cutout ! ! ! (ha ha ha) Joining together as a threesome gives them the ability to meet the challenges for running a Laughter Club, Media commitments, and Business and Community Sessions. They explained how the structure was adopted, the benefits, and the drawbacks of their model. The pros definitely outweighed the cons. Nice work ladies

Sebastien’s Advanced Workshop

Sebastien Gendry, the Founder of the North American School of Laughter Yoga, was at his finest with his Advanced Training. His unique style along with his creativity and passion was a GRRREAT conclusion to the formal presentations. His Cross Brain theory gives a whole new aspect to how and why some laughs work better than others

Dress Up and Talent Night

The dress up and talent night was a hit. With little more than some trinkets and imagination everyone had to make the most of their provided costume…four plastic garbage bags. The best dressed was won by Kylie Willows. She impressed the Judging Panel of Madan Kataria, Sebastien Gendry and myself who have requested that all pictures taken of the panel on the night be destroyed. She won herself a free ticket to next year’s Conference. Congratulations Kylie.

The Giant Swing and Pool Party

Being a Youth Camp there were also many outside activities on offer. The first day we visited the Giant Swing. This was exactly as it sounded. A team of ten people had to haul a person more than fifteen meters into the air. From there the only way out was down. Jen Smith was very articulate in her choice of words as to what she thought when she pulled the release chord. The next day’s activity was more subdued with a relaxing swim in the outdoor pool. If we didn’t have to go back for Sebastien’s presentation we would have still been there I’m sure

New Laughs from around the World

The thing that continues to astound me is the ability for folks to be creative with developing new laughs. I thought that over the last six years I’d seen them all. The Clam, Ring of Laughter, and Hiccup, were just a few of the new and innovative laughs to be demonstrated. How wonderful to have such a diversity of knowledge all in the one room

The Outcome

Following several discussions it was obvious that we need to have a more coordinated approach to bringing the states together as one. For this reason I will be spending next year to get together a committed team who will be able to drive Laughter Yoga to the next level nationally. If you’re interested give me a call. Don’t miss out on attending the 5th Australasian Laughter Yoga Conference next year

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4th Australasian Laughter Yoga Conference 2009