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As the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal winds down, Laughter Yogis are just revving up. Fasten your seatbelts, Montrealers! We're about to get some intense laughter going on with the highly anticipated visits of Sebastien Gendry and Maduri and Madan Kataria.
Yes, that's right. No jokes. Our fearless laugher and founder of Laughter Yoga is coming to town on October 15 to animate the Conference Canadienne de Yoga du Rire – Laughter Yoga Canadian Conference – Hohohahaha! This bilingual one day conference will a be guaranteed-full-of-laughter-and- insight event as Madan and Maduri share their knowledge and experience with us. The day starts at 8:00 a.m. with registration, moving into a morning with Dr. K, advanced teachings, question period, exchanges on many topics, including new Laughter Yoga exercises (we tried a few new one this weekend at Laughter FIT – white water rafting, and the motorboat towing a water skier – pretty hilarious stuff. I recommend you give them a try!). After lunch a panel of experts will be on hand to share their laughs of wisdom along with round table discussions. A Laughter Yoga conference would certainly not be complete without fun and games, and exercises.

In addition to the conference, a dinner with Dr. K is planned that you are welcome to register for. For information visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/billets-conference-canadienne-de-yoga-du-rire-laughter-yoga-canadian-conference-25796725701?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button There, you will find contact information to connect with the organizer – the one and only Linda Leclerc.

Dr. Katari, me, and Laughologist Albert Nuremberg

Many of us had the absolute pleasure of meeting Dr. Kataria and Maduri at the last Canadian Laughter Yoga conference, held in Toronto, and it was an unforgettable experience.

This conference is open to everyone – Laughter Yoga Leaders, Laughletes from Laughter FIT, people that are curious about Laughter Yoga, or someone who just wants to learn and laugh!

But wait! There's more.
Sebastien Gentry is a French-American world expert in therapeutic laughter. He has more than 11 years of experience working with millions of people on four continents and has students in 37 countries. Sebastien has played a major role in introducing Laughter Yoga to North America and other countries, and is the creator of Laughter Wellness (Rire Bien-Etre).

Sebastien will present a bilingual workshop on Friday, August 5 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Centre St-Pierre. Come to discover the Laughter Wellness method, a professional and refreshing approach to wellness and overall wellbeing that shows how to unlock the healing powers of laughter and the energies behind it, at home and at work. The appeal of Laughter Wellness is that it combines and expands key elements from various wellness modalities into a rich, solid and versatile blend that is safe, reliable and adaptable.

I consult Sebastien's website www.laugheronlineuniversity.com on a regular basis. It was most helpful in designing Laughter 101: No Jokes(!) – a four-week course, for finding reliable research and scientific facts about the benefits of laughter, and for discovering fresh and effective LY exercises. For those of you who have attended Laughter FIT and tried the 'Machine Laugh', that comes straight from Mr. Gendry's website!

For more information or to find out how to register, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/230092624040256/

AND….on August 6 to August 7, Sebastien will deliver a two-day workshop on the Laughter Wellness method. Although this is not a training session, it aims to build you up in so many ways, bring play back into your life. It will be a weekend well spent. For info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/250323198673186/.

Laughter FIT continues to meet every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. during the summer. We're having a blast, welcoming some great folks from all over the world. Join us any time.

If you live in the East end of Montreal and want to laugh with the fabulous Chris Simeone, visit the Oasis infinie inc Facebook page for his upcoming LY class dates.

AND…after all this laughter, if you're thinking you'd like to share it, deepen your practice, or learn more about how to live joyfully, join us for the next Laughter Yoga Leader Certification with me and Liliana De Leo, Living Laughter.

Our next session is scheduled for the weekend of November 12 & 13. We can't wait to see you there!

That's all folks..
See you at Laughter Fit, if not before. Visit our meet up at https://www.meetup.com/Montreal-Laughter-FIT-Meetup/events/232851281/. We're almost 800 strong!!! A free class goes to whoever signs on as our 800th Laughlete!

In laughter,