Friday, May 12th-- Bliss & Magic & Laughter Yoga
Friday Mornings beginning May 5th
With Lisa Levine and/or Marisa Sullivan
Now, more than ever, we need tools to keep our joy on and our will centered in happiness and positive solutions. In this interactive workshop we will explore deeper levels of our joy and bliss through the practice of laughter and meditation. Most people would say they want to be happy but what are we actually doing to get there? Through laughter yoga, exercises and guided visualization we will uncover and connect with the bliss that is our true nature.
You will learn tools to ease fear and anxiety, increase creativity, alertness and memory, uplift the mood and increases strength and resilience in challenging situations.
Magic and play re-emerge in our lives.
Come with an open heart and mind. And be ready to get happy.
About Laughter Yoga: When we laugh the body releases endorphins; elevating our mood, relaxing our bodies and strengthening our minds. When we are stressed our body releases adrenaline and cortisol; stress chemicals that cause imbalance and disease in the body. The good news, and the magic behind laughter yoga is that our brains don't know the difference between fake laughter and real laughter. Ha ha ha. When we practice laughter yoga we use fun exercises and games to stimulate fake laughter that usually turns into real laughter. But whether it does or not is not important. Through the practice of "faking" or truly laughing we enjoy the physical benefits of increased blood circulation, oxygenation and immune enhancement. Laughter relieves stress, eases fear and anxiety, increases creativity, alertness and memory, uplifts the mood and increases strength and resilience in challenging situations.
Laughter strengthens relationships, enhances teamwork, helps to diffuse conflict and promotes group bonding. When we laugh with people bonds of happiness are formed creating a sense of peace and well being. Laughter reinforces healthy ways of working through conflict; promoting communication and solution oriented problem solving. Creativity and the imagination are opened and otherwise unseen solutions become apparent. Laughter is the win-win paradigm.
Read more about laughter yoga in this fantastic article written by Kelsey Miller for Refinery29 featuring Lisa Levine here..
Marisa Sullivan is a certified yoga teacher with extensive training including certification from Sivananda, Jivamukti, Pelvic Floor Training through Leslie Howard, Prenatal through Ma Yoga, Mommy and Me Post Natal, and YCAT Yoga for Cancer and Chronic Illness. She teaches Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors at NYU Hospital. She teaches Chair Yoga in several senior centers and Dementia Nursing Homes. She has an extensive private practice working with therapists and Psychiatrists with clients with anxiety, depression and eating disorders, with clients with ongoing illness and injury who need a modified yoga practice, and with anyone who loves yoga and wants to explore a exploratory, personalized,