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  • 01:04

    Morning Moments With Maia; Jeffrey Briar on Laughter and Spirituality

    in Lifestyle

    Maia Aziz P.S.W., C.L.Y.L., writes and speaks on living a life of love and laughter. President-Elect of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, Maia is joined each week on Morning Moments With Maia...Conversations of Love and Laughter by an eclectic lineup of guests who live their lives with love and laughter and work to help others do the same.


    Jeffrey Briar, or Swami Hasya Ananda, is a Master Trainer for The Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga and Director of The Laughter Yoga Institute. He is probably the most experienced Laughter Exercise Leader in the world outside Asia.

    Jeffrey's work has been widely featured in international media from CNN, to The Megan Mullaly Show to Geraldo at Large and Oprah. His laughter yoga mastery was even credited as bringing a stiff Harry Hamlin out of his shell to quick step his way through Dancing With the Stars. Today Jeffrey joins Maia for a conversation about the spiritual underpinnings of the laughter yoga movement.


  • Laughter Medicine = Natural Remedy

    in Spirituality

    Discover • Manifest • Transform!

    During this episode, we explore the healing power of Laughter and Laughter Yoga!  A daily dose of laughter is the one solution having the power to unwind stress and uplift joy; the power to slow down a racing heart and strengthen the mind; the power to raise the spirit and fend off pessimism…and all in an instant!  Created in 1995, Laughter Yoga is a unique modality that can directly tap anyone into the healing power of laughter.  Our Co-Host, Rob Fournier, recently received his Laughter Yoga instructor certification, and we are excited to experience this fun healing modality with you on the air!

    Hailing from Mumbai, India, Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor, and his wife Madhuri Kataria, a yoga instructor, tapped into their extensive combined wellness knowledge to create Laughter Yoga using a combination of rhythmic clasping, deep breathing, light stretching, and laughter exercises.  Based on scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter, this powerfully healing modality has spread to where today there are more than a thousand laughter clubs in over 72 countries. Clinical research has proven that laughter lowers the level of stress hormones, such as epinephrine and cortisol, in the blood. Additional benefits of laughter:

    -Boost immune system

    -Reduces stress

    -Reduces blood pressure

    -Promotes relaxation

    -Expands lung capacity

    -Lifts mild depression

    -Increases oxygen to the lungs

    -Exercises abdomen and diaphragm

    -Increases circulation

    For more information, visit the Laughter Yoga University website: http://www.laughteryoga.org/english

    Please do join the discussion by calling in or through our chat board! 

    Together WE create the Shift!

    One Love!

  • 01:16

    Stepping into My Power BTR Discusses Laughter Yoga with Brigitte Keane

    in Health

    My first experience with Laughter Yoga is very memorable.  I didn't want to go and thought that it would be a complete waste of time.  And, I declared that I was not planning to engage in  "senseless" laughing.  Well they proved me wrong.  I loved it and laughed along with everyone else - and couldn't wait for the next session a month later!

    Brigitte Keane, dear friend and longtime experienced Laughter Yoga Teacher, was trained by Dr Matan Kataria, original founder of Laughter Yoga.  Laughter Yoga is celebrating its 20 Anniversary and is practiced in over 60 countries.

    Health benefits of laughter include but are not limited to: no stress, feel good hormones, every one can do it without special clothing/equipmen, everyone benefits, get in touch with your inner child, becomes a way of life, cutting edge,  importance of anti-stress and laughter.  There are many applications of laughter that will be discussed during the show.

    Brigitte cannot think of anything more needed in our society by every one. Ten minutes of laughter equals 30 minutes of aerobic exercise ~  Jogging for the organs and intestines!

    Join us on Wednesday evening and Get Your Laugh On!!!


  • 01:01

    LIVE! with Cathi---For the LOVE of Laughter!

    in Fitness

    LAUGHTER YOGA-LAUGH just for the fun of it -LAUGH for no reason.

    LAUGHTER YOGA is the braincild of De. Kataria, a family physician from Mumbai, India.

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR...Dr. Kataria proclaimed the first SUNDAY IN MAY as 'WORLD LAUGHTER DAY."

    LAUGHTER YOGA is a physically-oriented technique that uses a perfect blend of playful, empowering and otherwise "tension-releasing" laughter exercises.

    LAUGH for no reason, great way to improve health, increases well-being no matter your age.

    REASONS TO LAUGH...stress-buster...strengthens the immune system...laughter is anti-ageing...aerobic exercise, laughter is internal jogging...a natural pain killer...laughter can control high blood pressure...can dump depression and anxiety...improves lung capacity and best of all LAUGHTER JUST MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD!



    Over 20 ways to laugh...etc.

    Laughter in the work place...etc.

    Children laugh 500 X a day, adults...etc.


  • 01:13

    Laughter Yoga with Dr. Madan Kataria and Nancy Murdoch

    in Spirituality

    "Laugh for no reason." That is the motto of The Guru of Giggling. We all know that laughing makes us feel good and it's healing, but do you know why?  Do you know how to laugh so it lifts you out of depression, cures your cancer and adds 10 years of joyful living onto your life? Well, now is your chance to get the facts in this entertaining and educational interview with the founder of Laughter Yoga.
                                                    * * * *
    Mastering the Art of Joyfulness is about helping you improve your health, your relationships, your level of spirituality and your outlook on life. We are about waking you up and raising your consciousness so that you can create the life YOU want!
    Joy goes way beyond happiness. Happiness is fleeting but joy comes from deep within our souls and is made up of gratitude, inner peace and a reverence for all life.  This is a journey you can't afford to miss!

  • 02:00

    Laughter Yoga - Dr. Madan Kataria

    in Spirituality

    This week, in continuing with our month-long series on cosmic humor, the Cosmic Citizen will feature Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, India popularly known as the ‘Guru of Giggling’ (London Times). He is the founder of the Laughter Yoga Clubs movement started in 1995. While researching the benefits of laughter, he was amazed by the number of studies showing the profound physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. He decided to find a way to deliver these benefits to his patients and other people. The result is Laughter Yoga, a unique exercise routine that combines group laughter exercises with yoga breathing. It allows anyone to laugh without the use jokes, humor or comedy. Started with just five people in a public park in Mumbai, India in 1995, Laughter Yoga has grown into a worldwide movement of more than 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries.

    Spreading rapidly in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, South East Asia, China and Africa, this new concept has been widely covered by prestigious publications like the TIME magazine, National Geographic, and the Wall Street Journal and featured on CNN, BBC, US networks and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • 00:33

    Laugh your way to better health and productivity

    in Health

    Did you know children laugh an average of 300 times a day? Adults? Just 10 laughs a day. Study from Japan published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests laughter can alleviate inflammation of skin for up to two hours at a time. Could laughter be a tool you use more of this year to help alleviate stress, heal your body and mind?

    According to Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of laughter yoga, laughter improves digestion and releases chemicals like neuropeptides with antioxidant properties. 

    Join Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo and her very special guest, Alicia Dattner, creator of The International Spiritual Comedy Festival, comedian and coach. An internationally-acclaimed, award-winning performer, Alicia was  voted Best Comedian 2013 in the San Francisco Weekly. Her reverent, insightful one-woman shows Eat, Pray, Laugh! And The Oy of Sex have toured from NY to London to Bombay to Hollywood. 

    On this show, we'll explore

    What laughter can do for body
    How we can use humor as a tool for emotional healing
    Can we learn to be funnier

    To learn more about Alicia Dattner, please visit her website: Enlighten-Up

    If you would like to learn more about healthy and fun lifestyle choices that you can incorporate into your daily life in practical ways, have invaluable support, discover nutrition and foods that your kids will love, join the VITAL Health Community

    "The healthiest response to life is laughter." -Deepak Chopra

  • 00:31

    Laughing for the Health of It

    in Self Help

    How many people can say that their job is to teach people how to laugh? Debbie Ellison can.

    Debbie was mentored by world-renowned medical doctor and founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria, who “started a revolution of joy and laughter that is spreading around the world,” thanks to people like Debbie who are dedicated to sharing the joy of laughter and genuine happiness. She helps people “use laughter as a coping skill, a joy activator, and a way to live life fully.” 

    So tune in. . . just for laughs! 

  • 00:48

    January Jones - Laughter Yoga with Jeffrey Briar

    in Self Help

    Laughter Yoga
    Jeffrey Briar
    January Jones welcomes
    Jeffrey Briar was a teacher of traditional yoga and an accomplished comedic actor for 35 years before embracing the world of Yogic/Therapeutic Laughter.  
    He is certified as a Laughter Yoga Teacher by Dr. Kataria and is a Master Trainer for the Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga. 

  • 00:58

    The Bridge to Health - Guest - Peggy Schmidt - Laughter Yoga

    in Self Help

    Guest - Margaret “Peggy” Schmidt is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader from the Dr. Kataria School for Laughter Yoga.  The Laughter Yoga Leader training evolved from her search for a way to improve mood, increase energy and enhance social connection in a supportive environment for her clients.  She is currently providing Laughter Yoga for Seniors at a local Assisted Living facility.   Peggy is also a board certified Family Nurse practitioner and Integrative Nurse Coach with passion and expertise in personal health and wellness coaching.   Join us as Peggy shares "laughter" with us as we discover how this enhances our well-being, allowing us to live a healthy, vibrant life!   As the host of this weekly radio show, Bonnie shares this valuable information, as well as tips, tools and strategies to help you enjoy the health, happiness and abundance you deserve.     Bonnie is recognized as an expert in helping people make changes to achieve their goals.   "I love helping peope live their dreams!" ~ Bonnie    Learn more about Bonnie at www.bonniegroessl.com   Visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheBridgeToHealth      Peggy's website: www.northwoodsnursecoach.com  

  • 00:31

    Women Warriors - The Power of Laughter

    in Women

    This week on Women Warriors (Wed at Noon ET, Sep 11), we will have the Laughing Diva, Beth Kaplan on our show.  You won’t want to miss this show to find out how laugher and yoga combine to create powerful and amazing results!
    Beth Kaplan Bongar (aka Laughing Diva) is a phenomenon: an icon, actress, healer, teacher, author, mother and one of a small band of pioneers on the planet working with the healing power of laughter and dedicating her life to the discipline of Laughter Yoga.
    She is certified as a Laughter Yoga Teacher by world-renowned physician Dr. Madan Kataria, who founded the Laughter Yoga movement in 1995.
    Beth has been laughing her whole life. She struggled with severe AD/HD throughout childhood and at 19 she ran away and joined the circus, where she became a professional clown and learned to juggle. As part of her training Beth studied mime with Marcel Marceau, theater arts at California Institute of the Arts, and acting with numerous well-known coaches, including Stella Adler, Sheila Gray and Elizabeth Browning.
    Beth has led Laughter Yoga workshops for a number of companies including Adventures for Women (Colorado), the Big Cat Habitat (Florida), Open Assembly. To find out more about Beth please visit her website at http://www.laughingdiva.com.