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Merv’s Blog, July 2013

I’m writing this newsletter at 35,000 feet as I fly across the Tasman Sea on my way back from the first ever New Zealand Laughter Yoga Conference. The Kiwis, by their own admission, are a “rather conservative lot”, and many jokes have been told by us Aussies about their main industry, sheep. As I was a guest, I was very aware of this point. I also reminded myself that Laughter Yoga is not about jokes and being funny, it’s about being fun. This is an important point to remember always in our Laughter Clubs also.

The Conference started with a laughter session by one of their Laughter Leaders from Christchurch, Hannah Airey. As there were many people there who were being exposed to Laughter Yoga for the first time, she handled the situation beautifully, until we were all asked to lie on our backs on the floor and put our arms and legs in the air. Hannah then said “this one is especially for you Merv”. They all started to baa like sheep and laugh for no reason. It was at that point that I thought to myself…BRING IT ON ! ! ! (ha ha ha)

An experience beyond belief

The next two days were filled with a once in a lifetime, and life changing experiences. I know this, because this is what people were telling me during, and after the Conference, whether they were new to Laughter Yoga or not. We laughed and we played and we sang and we danced for two whole days. It was exhausting, exhilarating, inspiring, challenging, rejuvenating, and any other emotion that ends with an “ing”

What I learned was…

I can’t even start to tell you here the new information that I learned so I won’t. The GRRREAT news is that the whole Conference was captured on video for others to see. This video will be for sale shortly and the proceeds will assist the ongoing development of Laughter Yoga in New Zealand. If you buy one and don’t enjoy it, or learn at least one new thing, then I will personally give you your money back.

I now have more friends…and I’m not talking Facebook

It was a wonderful experience to meet Amazon from Japan again, as well as some other Kiwis who have come to our Conference before. But more importantly, it was the experience of making new friends, that weren’t of the imaginary ones like those on Facebook. These were real people connecting in real time with others of similar interests. My congratulations and gratitude for their hard work and hospitality, goes out to Lynda and John Andrews. You both epitomize everything that is Laughter Yoga.

The 2013 Australian Laughter Yoga Conference

The next Conference I’ll be heading off to, is the All American Conference at the end of August. Full details can be found at http://2013.laughteryogaamerica.com. But for many of you, and closer to home, the next chance that you have to get some of what I’ve just had, is the 2013 Australian Laughter Yoga Conference. This will be held at The Vibe Hotel in Sydney on the 19th and 20th October. Registrations will be opening shortly, and an agenda of presenters is being assembled. So put these dates in your diary and watch out for the next newsletter for full details.

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Merv’s Blog, April 2013

Operation New Zealand

There is about to be an injection of Laughter Yoga into New Zealand. Laughter Yoga Australia, in conjunction with Laughter Yoga New Zealand, has put together a package that has something for everyone. A venue has been secured about fifty kilometers out of Wellington, at 5 Emerald Glen Road Paraparaumu, that is to die for. It’s an historic homestead with 11 acres of farmland. More importantly, we have done a GRRREAT deal for all those who will be attending. Imagine food, and a conference, for just $199 NZ. Come on, you can’t stay at home for that price ha ha ha.

The 1st New Zealand Laughter Yoga Conference

The main event will be the 1st New Zealand Laughter Yoga Conference. This will run from 7pm Friday 28th June, to 4pm Sunday 30th June. There will be heaps of laughing and learning, and a talent and party night on the Saturday. There are world-class presenters, and the full program, along with registration details, will be online shortly atwww.laughteryogaaustralia.org.

2 Day Laughter Yoga Leader Training

On the 27th and 28th June, there will be a 2 Day Laughter Yoga Leader Training. This training will equip you with the tools to be able to go out and start your own Laughter Club. This training is ideal for people wanting to start a community club, or a Laughter Club in their workplace. The cost of this training is $395 NZ.

1 and 2 Day Laughter Yoga Business Training

On the 24th and 25th June there will be 1 and 2 Day Laughter Yoga Business Training. This training is for those who wish to take advantage of the commercial opportunities that are becoming available presently. This is the same cost as the Leader Training at $395 NZ for the two days. The cost for one of the days is $195 NZ, and more details can be found athttp://www.laughteryoga-australia.org/trainings/business-training/141-2-day-business-training.html.

5 Day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training

The 5 Day Laughter Yoga Teacher Training will go from the 24th to 28th June. This is the highest level of training that is being offered, and is ideal for those who wish to get serious about taking laughter to the world. For a total cost of just $795 NZ, you get the 2 Day Laughter Yoga Leader Training ($395), 2 Day Laughter Yoga Business Training ($395 also, so you’re already ahead), and a day full of everything else. At the end of this training you will be ready to take on the world with Laughter Yoga. As a special bonus, anyone who books any of theses trainings before the end of May will receive 3 months unlimited coaching for FREE ! ! !.

Be a part of history

So here are the questions you need to ask yourself. Do I want to be a part of history by attending the 1st ever New Zealand Conference? Do I want to be a part of a worldwide social movement that’s changing the world? Do I want to improve my own life, and of those around me? If the answer to any (or all) of these is YES, then sign up now. Send me an email at mervneal@laughteryoga.org if you’d like to register, and if money’s an issue, then payment plans can be organized by request. Hope to see you there.

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Laughter Insights, January 2013

In This Edition:

  1. Editorial
  2. Recently of interest
  3. Turbo-charge your life & Laughter Business with our upcoming Teacher Training!
  4. Call for presenters, 2013 All America Laughter Yoga Conference
  5. New in our online store



I’d like to say I feel excited but “thrilled for my community” is probably more appropriate. So much is coming in 2013 with the Laughter Online University that I feel like a kid in a candy store who wants to share everything with all his friends plus their friends on top, now.

The Laughter Online University is a full education and support learning center open 24/7/365 designed to help aspiring Laughter Professionals start their journey with a solid foundation, as well as help seasoned veterans grow their skills and repertoire with valuable continuing education, all at minimum cost. Its massive content is available on most modern devices with internet access, and it is all presented in an easy to follow step-by-step format.

I created it for myself first and foremost, aware that I would otherwise lose much of the mass of valuable information (insights, tips, tricks and gazillions of techniques and exercises) I accumulated while teaching full time for 8 years in Europe and North America. It took most of 1 year to create, and is already due for its next update.

What thrills me most – beyond the feedback we have received this past year from people scattered around the globe – is how it is helping professionals from a variety of backgrounds to increase their market (there is an affiliate program) and improve the quality and impact of their life and work, and we’re only 10 months into it. This is how a Behavioural Coach introduced Laughter Yoga in Dubai, and how a Chaplain brought laughter and joy in several low income nursing homes in the USA, for example.

Registrations start as low as $79 and are 100% risk free. All trainings come with a 30 day money back guarantee. If this is of interest to you sign up now! Current prices will go up about 20% when we release version 2.0 in about 1 month.

May you thrive.

All smiles

Sebastien Gendry
Los Angeles, California
January 31st, 2013

Recently of interest

The following is a scratch on the surface of what I have recently found of interest (members of the Laughter Online University get near-daily updates). Enjoy!

Questions that came through our support center

They did it!

Mark your calendar

  • UN declares March 20th to be World Happiness Day. Why not organize something in your community?http://www.abc.net.au/news/ 2012-06-29/ un-declares-world-happiness-day /4099498
  • Prepare for Valentine’s day: statistically, the average couple spends 10 minutes a week in play. You need to increase that amount by at least 6 times or more. In today’s time-conscious world, you don’t need to delay your fun because you don’t have time. Play can be short and uncomplicated. It just needs to be fun.

Ideas to boost your joy

Science corner

Just because you can

Think about it

  • Does happiness have a dark side? Science says yes:http://compassionateaction.org/node/3895 (see #8.) Researchers argue that, at least in the West, the more people value happiness, the more likely they are to focus on the self—often at the expense of connecting with others, and those social connections are a key to happiness. A meaningful life and happy life overlap in certain ways, but are ultimately very different. Leading a happy life, the psychologists found, is associated with being a “taker” while leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a “giver.”
  • Laughter Yoga with 7,000 people? Yes, you can. http://youtu.be/3km7IRGAt4M

Turbo-charge your life & Laughter Business with our upcoming Teacher Training!

What: this is your last chance to register to the upcoming Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher training with Sebastien Gendry that will take place in Pasadena, California, on March 3-8, 2013. Attendance to this particular training is limited to 7 participants maximum as it is loaded with goodies and designed for a high level of personal interactions. Expect more, on every level, before, during and after.

Who: Sebastien is the founder of the American School Of Laughter Yoga, LLC, and has been involved with the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement at the highest level since 2005. He is a Master Laughter Yoga Teacher, the founder of the Laughter Wellness method, and has travelled over 400,000 miles training hundreds of Laughter Professionals across Australia, Western and Eastern Europe and the Americas.

Your next training opportunity with Sebastien in the USA won’t be until December. See the calendar.

Call for presenters, 2013 All America Laughter Yoga Conference

The 2013 All America Laughter Yoga Conference that will take place in Vancouver, BC, Canada on August 21-25, 2013, is looking for laughter experts from all horizons to apply to present at this conference. Your topic must be Laughter-related and help promote health, joy and/or community. Application deadline = 3/31/13. Read more.

New in our online store

We are glad to announce that our online laughter store is slowing going digital in order to serve you better and save you money. The price drop is steep and you can now buy valuable and educational Laughter Yoga videos for as low as $4.95. This includes instant access through video on demand as well as a full video download.

Here is our most recent promotion: buy 3 Chair Laughter Yoga videos for as low as $23.85

Do you need Laughter-Yoga related t-shirts, iphone covers, bags or other home accessories that come with a 30 day money back guarantee? If so then this will be of interest to you.

Merv’s Blog, December 2012

2012 A Year in Review

Well another year in Laughter Yoga has come and gone. It’s always GRRREAT to reflect back on what worked, and what didn’t, and most importantly, why. This reflection process also assists in helping us to identify what needs to be done for the year ahead. So let’s look back to 2012.

Business Training

Laughter Yoga Business Training was officially launched both here and overseas. This one and two day training enables Laughter Yogis to improve their presentation, marketing, and business skills. This then enables them to gain financial remuneration for giving presentations, workshops, and retreats. Attendees fed back an instant increase in opportunities, and dollars in their bank account.

Online Training

The world of training is changing also. People are looking for training that is flexible. They want it done at a time that’s convenient for them, at a place that suits, at a reduced price. Online training certainly does all of this. There are now a variety of offers out there, and they’ll only get better.

Perth Conference

For the first time ever we had two Conferences. For most of the reasons that people are looking at Online training, it was necessary to take the Conference to the people. Our friends at Laugh WA assured me that they would support such an exercise, and they did. There was GRRREAT numbers for the West Coast Conference and Master Training. This may only be done every two years, but we already have another program in place for next year. Watch this space you WA people.

Australian Conference

Our 7th Laughter Yoga Conference was held in Melbourne. While those who attended got great value for money, support in numbers was down. This was certainly one of the things that didn’t work, so will need a new approach. The Conference next year will be held in Sydney. We are shifting the date from August to early October (exact dates TBA shortly), and it will be marketed to the external Laughter Yoga community. In the past there have been no people attend who are not currently involved in Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yogis will still be welcome to come along, and will provide the platform of presenters.

Research Study

And we finally had our first official Laughter Yoga Research Study completed. This was done in conjunction with Deakin University, and the results were more than we expected. The Herald Sun picked it up immediately and gave us GRRREAT exposure. The full online report can be found at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/laughter-best-medicine-for-stressheads/story-fncynkc6-1226522814001 If anyone would like the full report then drop me a line on mervneal@laughteryoga.org

That’s it for me for this year. Thank you for your support and suggestions throughout the year. I see only better and bigger opportunities for 2013, and will be working as hard as I can to make them happen. Have a GRRREAT Laughter Yoga Xmas and New Year.

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Merv’s Blog, October 2012

The 7th 2012 All American Laughter Yoga Conference

I’ve just returned from the 7th All American Laughter Yoga Conference that was held in Chicago Illinois. Sebastien Gendry and his team put on a GRRREAT show. There were attendees from Australia, Russia, Japan, Dubai, Canada, and of course various parts of the USA.

The Speakers

There were sixteen speakers who presented on a variety of topics. There were also breakout groups where we could get even more information from experts in their respective Laughter Yoga areas. It’s amazing how after nearly ten years of Laughter Yoga, there is still so much to learn.

Migraine and Headache Research Study

Of particular interest was a presentation by Hilary Kimblin Licht. She has been successful in getting a Research Study underway with the University of Southern California. USC is a well-known and highly regarded university around the world. The study will focus on the impact of Laughter Yoga on chronic migraine and headache sufferers. The study participants have to experience a headache or migraine for more than sixteen days every month, and be prepared to participate in a Laughter Yoga session every day for eight weeks. Obviously we will be hoping that the number of days where the people suffer will decrease. Now for the good news. Australia has been asked to be a part of this study. So if you know anyone who could be a candidate, or be able to put me in touch with an organization that deals with such people, please contact me as soon as possible. How amazing would it be for us all if we could help ease this suffering with Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga and Neuroscience

There was also a Social Neuroscientist presenting called Jonathan Jordan. He talked to us about Neuroplasticity (the rerouting of information around the brain) and Neurogenesis (the regrowth of the brain). And then he talked to us about how the brain reacts in different stressful situations. The brain can go into the “fight or flight mode” in 1/200th of a second. Obviously this is helpful if we are in a life or death situation. If we’re not however, the switch remains stuck in this position and we start to “stress out”. Now comes the good bit. Jonathan said “There are several methods available to deal with this, but Laughter Yoga is the quickest way to turn this switch off and turn on the reward mode switch. WOW, WOW, and WOW.

Laughter Yoga and fitness

As if that wasn’t enough I caught up with Paul Zientarski from Naperville Central High School. He has been a pioneer in developing students’ intellect through exercise. More information on Paul and his amazing work can be found in the book Spark. He emphasized that his results were due to fitness, fun, and social interaction. Did he say Laughter Yoga? (ha ha ha).

Laughter Yoga Business Training

And finally my two day Business Training went well also. I even had someone fly in from Dubai to take the course. Now there’s someone who’s serious about taking Laughter Yoga to the next level. Her testimonial can be found on You Tube athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srqdRlowISU

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Laughter Insights, September 2012

In This Edition:

  1. Turbo-charge your life & Laughter Business at the 2012 All America Laughter Yoga Conference! Register at a lower price until 9/14 only.
  2. Recent news of interest
  3. The Laughter Online University hits a home run with online Laughter Wellness trainings
  4. Upcoming Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness Trainings in 2012
  5. New products in our online store



Hope is very much alive. At the end of every tunnel there is always light. I have circled the globe this summer offering laughter trainings in France and Australia via Los Angeles, CA, met many people from a great variety of backgrounds and witnessed how they come together and creatively work as one for the benefit of all, thinking about how to grow the cheese rather than how to divide a limited supply. See the photo albums athttps://picasaweb.google.com/118217229014825256713

Much of what I have learned will be shared in a few days at our national conference in Chicago (see below) and that is very exciting. I have been personally involved with Laughter Yoga full time and at the highest level since 2005. Every year my experience has been the same: there comes a point where I start to think that I now know everything there is to know about this process, and there can’t possibly be more to learn. And every year a door opens and I discover a new world of possibilities. This year it was not a door. It’s a new dimension. I will explain to you how I manage to have over 432,000 documented laughter exercises in my online database, and how this is just a teaser.

See you in Chicago!

All smiles

Sebastien Gendry
Los Angeles, California
Sept. 8, 2012

Turbo-charge your life & Laughter Business at the 2012 All America Laughter Yoga Conference! Register at a lower price until 9/14 only.

19 professional experts from 3 continents (including 3 Master Laughter Yoga trainers and several of the most seniors Laughter Yogis in the world) are travelling long distances to come share their knowledge and expertise with you, and expect to learn lots themselves as well. A special medal goes to Len Histon who is coming from Perth, Western Australia, to introduce us to a most fascinating game with great potential for Laughter Professionals (seehttp://2012.laughteryogaamerica.com/wizzdom), and Rimma Umyarova, a psychologist who is flying from Moscow, Russia, to talk to us about the psychology of laughter and emotions. We are also honored to receive Merv Neal from Melbourne, Australia. Merv is a master salesman turned Laughter Yogi after a team of medical experts sent him home to die in 2002 and he chose to laugh about it. The programs Merv will offer to us this year are beyond value. We are grateful.

Read more about the agenda of this conference athttp://2012.laughteryogaamerica.com/agenda.php

Sign up now at http://2012.laughteryogaamerica.com/register-now.php. for as low as $270 for 3 days. You can stay onsite for $22/day. Prices go up 10% after 9/14.

Well done Sarito Sun from San Diego for shing us that budget is never an issue! Lack of creativity is. Sarito committed herself to come even though she did not have the first $. She asked for $970…and she got $970 within a few days. See http://www.gofundme.com/100ad4. You can do it too.

Think twice before deciding not to come.
1 single idea can change your life and business.

I am expecting way more than just 1.

Recent news of interest

The Laughter Online University hits a home run with online Laughter Wellness trainings

What we offer is unique: it is a full education and support system designed as a training aid for Laughter Yoga students, a skill- and confidence booster for new Laughter Professionals, a brush-up for part-time Laughter Professionals, and a toolkit for experienced Laughter Professionals. Expect it to grow with you.

30 day money back guarantee. Your purchase is 100% risk free. There are no hidden fees. See http://www.healinglaughter.org

Upcoming Laughter Yoga and Laughter Wellness Trainings in 2012

Want to become a Laughter Professional? We can help.

Level 1

Level 2

In case nothing is happening near you, why not organize a training and invite us to teach? We have a map, do travel, and love win-win scenarios. We also offer customized training that fit your needs. Contact us.

New products in our online store

You are going to love this. Expect instant access!

We are transferring our entire video library to DVD downloads (over 40 hours of professional content). Keep checking our online store for new releases.

Merv’s Blog, August 2012

Conferences, Conferences, and Conferences

Over the next two months there will be three amazing Laughter Yoga Conferences available for us to attend. These Conferences are run to entertain, educate, and challenge our thinking regarding Laughter Yoga. A variety of presenters are always informative, and provide heaps of value. They are experts in their respective fields, and provide real life stories to inspire and motivate you. So if you’re thinking of taking Laughter Yoga to the next level, or would just like to be brought up to date, here are the ways that you can do it.

Conference Number 1. Perth Western Australia

Due to the size of our “vast brown land” it was decided this year to have a West Coast, as well as an East Coast Conference. Janni Goss and the folks in Perth have done a GRRREAT job in putting together the first ever Perth Conference. There will also be a five day Teacher Training by Sebastien Gentry from the USA, along with a one day Professional Refresher Course. All of the details can be found at http://www.laughteryoga-australia.org/2012-conference/west-coast-conference.html.

Conference Number 2. Melbourne Eastern Australia

The 7th East Coast Conference will be held in Melbourne Australia. There will be all of the features of the West Coast Conference, plus One and Two Day Laughter Yoga Business Training. This training has been developed to give you the hints, tips, ideas, and ability to “cash in” on any financial opportunities that may come your way. The marketing module also allows you to proactively pursue Laughter Yoga opportunities that are out there at present. Satisfaction, along with a money back guarantee, makes this training an offer too good to refuse. Information on this Conference can be found at http://www.laughteryoga-australia.org/2012-conference/conference-flyer.html.

Conference Number 3. Chicago North America

Every year I make the trek across the Pacific to attend the All American Laughter Yoga Conference and I’m never disappointed. Put together by Sebastien Gentry, it is a not to be missed event if you’re looking for an “out of Australia” experience. This year it’s in Chicago and the early signs are that it will be the best ever. Details of this Conference can be found at http://2012.laughteryogaamerica.com/.

Deakin University Study complete

I’m delighted to announce that the Laughter Yoga Australia and Deakin University School of Psychology study has been completed. My thanks go to Dr Melissa Weinberg, Research Fellow and Lecturer at Deakin University, and her team of five post-graduate students. Kathy Marshall, Director of Nursing and Operations at the Eastern Health Peter James Rehabilitation Centre. Adrian Quintarelli, General Manager Occupational Health and Safety at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. More than three hundred people who attended the sixty Laughter Yoga sessions. And last, but certainly not least, the ten Melbourne based Laughter Clubs and their members who participated.

All that’s left to do now is collate the data and then write the reports. All of the details will be published on the Laughter Yoga websites when it’s complete.

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Watch hours of videos from the 2010 All America Laughter Yoga Conference

The 2010 All America Laughter Yoga Conference took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in August 2010. Here are several of its videos from the 2010 All America Laughter Yoga Conference DVD Pack, including Dr Kagtaria’s closing keynote. This DVD pack is currently on sale for $99.

Read more about this conference at http://2010.laughteryogaamerica.com

The DVD Pack includes 9 DVDs (that’s over 12h of professionally recorded educational videos), all region free:

2010 Laughter Yoga conference DVD pack

2010 All America Laughter Yoga Conference DVD pack


Merv’s Blog, October 2011

5 Reasons why you MUST attend a Laughter Yoga Conference

I’ve just returned from attending the 6th All American Laughter Yoga Conference in San Diego. We have just had our own conference here in Australia a matter of weeks earlier, Japan had one on the same weekend as the USA, and Mexico is about to have their first next month. A Conference is different from any other interaction and here’s why.

– Reason 1. To meet new people

You meet new and interesting people from all over the world. I now have new friends like my room mate Simeon from New York, Luis from Mexico, Belachew from Ethiopia, and Connie from Canada to name a few. This is of course in addition to my long established friends such as Winnie from Jamaica and others from all around America and Canada.

– Reason 2. To hear powerful stories

You hear amazing, powerful, and touching stories. I am yet to read an article on line or in print and be moved to tears of joy, sorrow, inspiration or despair. Yet at a Conference this happens on a regular basis. To be in the same room as people who tell stories of cradling their dying mother, dealing with death on a regular basis in a cancer hospital, or bringing joy to prisoners and dementia patients made me so proud to be a part of such a movement.

– Reason 3. To confer

We confer (aka talk). After all that’s where the word Conference comes from. To share ideas over a coffee, meal, or red wine are significant. I get more ideas about how to promote Laughter Yoga and myself in two days of a Conference than I do for the rest of the year.

– Reason 4. To connect

You connect. With the rise in popularity of Social Media and the Internet the need to connect with other human beings face to face is becoming even more important than before. To laugh (hear), feel (touch), sense (smell), share meals (taste) and make eye contact (see) with others stimulates all of the senses instead of just one or two. This is true spirituality.

– Reason 5. To laugh

To laugh. OK so most of us lead or go to a Laughter Club once a week for around 45 minutes to laugh. When you attend a Conference you laugh like you have never laughed all year for two full days. I’ve been involved in Laughter Yoga since 2003 and in that time have attended teacher trainings, retreats, clubs, events and other such activities. But never have I came away from any of these in such a euphoric, enlightened, and inspired way as I do when I come away from a Laughter Yoga Conference.

At this stage it appears there will be between two and five new Conferences taking place next year in addition to the existing ones. Why not locate the nearest one to you (or better still organize your own) and take your Laughter Yoga journey to another level. I promise that you won’t he disappointed.


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2011 All America Laughter Yoga Conference Slideshow

Pictures talk louder than words.
Here is a slideshow of the 2011 All America Laughter Yoga Conference that took place on 09/22-25 in San Diego, California, at the beautiful Town & Country Resort & Convention Center. A group of heart-centered people got together from all 4 corners of North America and as far as Ethiopia and Australia. The energy that this created alone gave participants already more than they were expecting. Then there was the program and close to 40 presenters who shared their knowledge and passion. This was our best conference to date.