'An Introduction to Laughter Yoga', 2011, 2017 onwards



After attending an introductory session of Laughter Yoga back in 2011, I am repeatedly attempting to redeliver thatsame class to audiences in various situations, from gallery and museum visitors to naturists and children with Down Syndrome.


I start by giving a short history of Laughter Yoga, from its origins in Mumbai in the 1990s to its use in numerpus environments today. I then explain my lack of any formal qualifications and what I'm attempting to do. Then we go straight into the series of exercises, from gentle movements to elaborate gestures, including: gentle breathing exercises; forced fake laughter chanting; laughing at yourself, each other and your surroundings; finishing with energetic, arms-aloft, bellowing hysterics.


To date sessions have been presented at Tate St Ives in 2011 as part of my solo Late At Tate evening ‘I Am Not Him (And I Do Not Have Your Pen)’, at The Museum of London’s ‘Festival of Radical Fun’ with four sessions adapted for four different locations around the building, The Sackler Café, The Olympic Cauldon Gallery, Neolithic London and the recreated Victorian Pleasure Gardens; at Oakwood Sun Club as part of my Radical Essex Artist Residency; and Downright Excellenta charity for families of children with Down Syndrome.


(Above: Tate St Ives, 2011, within Roman Ondak's 'Measurin(g the Universe'. Photograph Miguel Amado.)

(Below: Oakwood Sun Club, 2017. Photograph Hayley Dixon.)

Classes last 15-30 mins. Suitable for all ages and abilities.


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