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Hello, my name is Ann O’Keife.
I have a passion to serve, support, inspire and definitely uplift!
I believe everyone with the right help, support and encouragement can heal and transform their lives.
I am a professional Solution focused therapist, Counsellor, Healer, Rune reader, Laughter Yoga teacher, writer and artist. I am fascinated and inspired by personal growth, human evolution, symbolism and the natural kingdom.
Anna Semlyen BWY Dip and Laughter Yoga Leader.
As yoga should be fun and joyful, Anna became a Laughter Yoga Leader in 2016 and teaches laughter regularly with her partner Mark Bywater including as private lessons. Together they also perform comedy songs as the folk duo The Subtle Truth.
Anna is a Life, insured Member of the British Wheel of Yoga.
Has taught postures, breathing and relaxation since 1996.
Yoga researcher, co-authored Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs book and relaxation CD.
BWY Specialist Advisor in Back Care and Therapeutic research.
In Service Teacher trainer to yoga teachers nationally.
Anna and Mark have learnt tantra yoga and also teach consensual touch practices such as hugging, wheel of consent, cuddle workshops and more.
I have been working in the Complementary Health sector since 1983, when I qualified in massage. In 2012 I was delighted to discover Laughter Yoga, as it fitted in perfectly with my mission to help people be happier and healthier (and an opportunity to be silly myself!). I enjoy bringing different activities to my laughter sessions, such as circle dance, which I also teach.
A personal coaching specialist with 10 years’ experience, with expertise in positive psychology, NLP Master Practitioner and Laughter Yoga Leader. As a Laughter Leader, Caroline exudes positive energy and delivers sessions that are fun, engaging and uplifting. Her knowledge and passion for her topic is inspiring. Caroline’s warm friendly approach creates a relaxed and supportive environment.
Cheryl has been practising Laughter Yoga for over nine years, after a friend read about is and said, this is the kind of thing you would like. She was right!
A daily laugher herself, she has personal experience of the health benefits of laughter to her immune system, pain threshold and as a coping strategy with the ups and downs of life.
Cheryl is passionate about anything that she does, loves people and life. She is a Laughter Yoga Leader and Gibberish Coach. She runs a Laughter Club in Bedford and laughter sessions for corporations, charities, community groups and the voluntary sector, offering bespoke group and one to one laughter sessions.
Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, India popularly known as the ‘Guru of Giggling’ (London Times), is the founder of Laughter Yoga Clubs movement started in 1995.
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.
Eva Provedel helps professionals who are struggling to find true fulfillment and happiness to use their unique character, passions, and authentic expression, so that they can create their own path to success and have the impact they truly desire - through training, coaching and positive change.
As a Joy Coach, Laughter Yoga Teacher & Global Ambassador and Personal Impact Freelance Trainer, she runs workshops and programs to help you connect with your source of happiness and express it in life and work.
In her previous experience, Eva has worked as a program manager and communication liaison in the field of open innovation and at the United Nations. She has coordinated a grassroots movement for gender equality and is active in promoting women’s empowerment.
I discovered Laughter Yoga quite by mistake.
I lived in the USA and had moved State and was finding it a challenge to meet people so I joined a wellbeing group where one evening we looked at Laughter yoga; I was hooked from that first night in how it connected people.
I later moved to Scotland and hoped to find a LY club, but as there was not a nearby one I decided to train and start my own. I did leadership training in Glasgow then teacher training in Bangalore.
I work as a Complementary Therapist as I'm only too aware of the wonderful health benefits of laughter.
Laughter yoga takes me to a different setting with lots of diverse groups, and I am continually amazed at how wonderful Laughter yoga is and the benefits people get from it I feel truly blessed to be able to share this.
Jane is infinitely curious about how our brains work, what causes emotions and a whole load of other fascinating stuff. She has (mostly) left the world of leadership development and now works as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Coach and Laughter Yoga Leader. She is on a quest to find the joy in life and to share this with those wanting to squidge a bit more happiness into their daily lives. In her work as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, she is passionate about enabling those with long term health issues to make the most out of life, despite their diagnosis. Laughter Yoga is a key part of this work.
Jo Bluett is a Laughter Ambassador, Laughter Yoga Teacher, Bowen Therapist and passionate lover of life and joy!
Jo experienced first hand the instant power of laughter and positive changes it brings in 2008 when recovering from ill-health and burnout. She is particularly passionate about mental health and stress, and how the brain and our natural body rhythms can be restored with laughter, meditation, gratitude, kindness and the pursuit of joy.
Jo is the founder of Edinburgh Laughter Club; her clubs have raised almost £9K for local charities (up to January 2017).
Jo was the first laughter professional in the UK to secure funding from the NHS for the Carers’ Laughter Club Project.
In 2016 she started Laughter Cleanse Retreat – first in the world to combine the powerful, holistic benefits of therapeutic laughter with a juice cleanse/raw food detox to help people reboot their health, happiness and “joie de vivre!”
Jo loves connecting with nature; sings/performs in a soul choir; and dances to pretty much anything (especially soulful house, Northern Soul, salsa and latin beats!).
I have been running laughter workshops for 20 years. I trained in Laughter Yoga in 2003/2004. I work with a wide range of ‘clients,’ from conferences & teams, to organisations & media, to charities and individuals.
I wrote ‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha Within’ with my co-author the Barefoot Doctor.
I run the Bristol Laughter Club (#laughteryogawithJoe), the longest running series of Laughter Yoga workshops outside India (www.bristollaughterclub.com).
I co-founded and run the Laughter Facilitation Skills course (aka #laughteryogawithJoe) which almost all leading Laughter Yoga Teachers in the UK have now done.
Whatever your requirements – from training, to team sessions/conferences, to festivals to hen parties – I can help you.
"He transformed us from a group of 130 tired, nervous sceptics to a room full of beaming, open-hearted companions. Within minutes of his session opening, the energy levels in the conference hall changed. Bodies relaxed, spirits were lifted and we connected, naturally and simply with the people beside and around us. When the next formal conference session started, we were open, ready, receptive and full of energy and optimism.”
Jane Willis, Director, Willis Newson
Winner of a Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Award 2010#
"I thought that you were engaging, honest, funny, energy changing, transformative, authentic, and very much enjoyed by all our members the evening you came and made us laugh and also look at ourselves and what makes life important, interesting and fun."
John Cato, Chairman of Bristol YES Group
In 2002, my life changed when I discovered Laughter Yoga and I have been spreading laughter and happiness ever since. I trained with Dr Kataria becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher and in 2006 was awarded Laughter Yoga Ambassador status. My teaching is a fusion of Laughter and yoga. This approach helps to develop a positive attitude, teaching an understanding of the mind/body relationship and encourages participants to empower themselves by taking responsibility for their own wellbeing. In 2010, I developed a six week Stressless Living course which I have run several times at Gt Ormond Street Hospital.
I have taken laughter into the whole of society from class rooms to board rooms, from hospitals to health resorts. I am a regular Guest Presenter at Champney's Health Resorts and a Wellbeing Expert for Aromatherapy Associates. Several TV and radio programmes have featured my work.
Laughter Yoga exercises brought me out of seven years of chronic unremitting back pain together with several years of depression, breakdown and PTSD. My life was transformed - I now seek to educate, inspire and uplift others, through spreading the message that laughter yoga can help our minds, bodies and spirits towards better health. I regularly run talks and interactive sessions in Laughter for Wellness and Wellbeing at health, support, social and retirement groups; as well as running regular monthly Laughter Clubs. I am also available for staff wellbeing sessions in the public and corporate workspace and within staff training days. I create bespoke sessions that combine Laughter Yoga with other helpful exercises where appropriate, such as meditation, brain gym, mindfulness, positive thinking and a variety of fun and silly games designed to unleash our inner six-year-old!
Life changed irrevocably in 1996 when Linda’s 11 year old daughter was diagnosed with incurable heart disease. Her husband’s diagnosis (it’s genetic) and him leaving work, compounded everything and suddenly Linda – a fun, positive Area Manager for a major cancer charity - became a carer!
Years, multiple health/life challenges later and, Linda, now a qualified Holistic Therapist, loved using laughter to try to raise the low moods of her two very poorly ‘carees’– who now had heart failure. Although always positive, Linda felt her bubbly personality slipping away; she heard about Laughter Yoga and just knew she had to do it! Two years later, she managed to train arriving with a walking stick re back/leg problems. Eureka! Laughter Yoga’s exactly what Linda needed!! It greatly benefits family and clients but more importantly it’s given Linda her mojo back and the walking stick’s no more!!
Linda, a Laughter Yoga Leader and Coach, Gibberish and Art of Nonsense Coach and Laughter Yoga Leader Teacher, loves life, people and her ‘work,’ and enthusiastically shares fun, positivity and Therapeutic Laughter far and wide within her business and many charities, corporations and groups offering bespoke individual and group activities/workshops.
Lisa Sturge is a Laughter Yoga Teacher, Master NLP Practitioner, personal development coach, author of ‘The Pocket Book of Laughter’ published in 2013 and founder of the Chichester Laughter Club in West Sussex. Her company Laughterlines Coaching provides laughter workshops, talks and programmes for a range of businesses, organisations and conferences nationwide, including the NHS, The Royal College of Nursing, and Tatler Magazine amongst others. Lisa’s work has been featured in a variety of TV and radio shows across the UK including the Lorraine Kelly Show on ITV. She loves birdwatching, dancing in the kitchen and singing loudly in the car.
Liz Kerr is a Laughter Yoga Leader and an integrative counsellor and supervisor who believes in mind, body and spirit connection for integration of self.
In Therapy, Liz has evidenced the transformational power of laughter which has enabled people to relax and share more openly and to cope better with their life circumstances.
Since being introduced to Laughter Yoga while working within Action on Depression, Liz felt motivated to become a Laughter Yoga Leader and has delivered several Laughter Yoga sessions since training.
Liz practices daily prayerful meditation and has an svq8 in mindfulness facilitation. Since being introduced to Laughter Yoga she has fully embraced the practice into her own life and encourages laughter through creative playfulness in the groups she runs, with the full knowledge that laughter changes our physiology in such a profound way, which has been evidenced by those she has laugh alongside.
Lotte Mikkelsen is Laughter Ambassador and Laughter Yoga Master Trainer in the UK, as well as being a Laughter Therapist Trainer and Gibberish Trainer.
In 2017, Lotte celebrates a decade of delivering Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in the UK with passion, compassion, empathy and always with her students in mind.
After founding UnitedMind in 2002, the Laughter Yoga journey has been exciting and life changing in many, many ways. Working with many organisations in the private and public sectors falls natural with her background of almost 20 years in national and international technology companies prior to starting her full-time laughter venture.
Some key moments have been:
- 2004 when founding the Laughter Club International (UK) in St. Albans.
- 2006 nominated Laughter Ambassador, 2007 started teaching Laughter Yoga Leaders.
- 2008 founded The Telephone Laughter Club in a bid to combat an MS diagnosis and to create a structure for battling the potential effects MS could have on her life.
- 2012 Lotte received her Laughter Yoga Master Trainer certification and became the Laughter Yoga Teacher in the UK to deliver 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training which is a great honour and a testament to her successful teaching of Laughter Yoga.
- 2016 the launch of the Accredited Laughter Therapist Training.
There have been many milestones since 2002, please visit: http://www.unitedmind.co.uk/about/.
Regardless of the many fine moments and titles, Lotte remains down-to-Earth and connected with all aspects of her teachings. Her dream is to bring together all Laughter Yoga Professionals in the UK in a network of sharing professionals who support each other in order to provide the best of services to individuals and teams in the country and beyond.
Maggie felt a ‘lightbulb' moment when first experiencing Laughter Yoga around 9 years ago and feels passionately about spreading the benefits of daily bouts of Laughter Yoga through laughter exercises and deep breathing. She delivers a number of laughter clubs in the West Midlands and beyond, along with sessions to community groups, self-help groups, youth groups and older people as well as at wellbeing events. She also delivers Laughter Yoga Basic Skills workshops and 2-day Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training.
Manda is passionate about Laughter Yoga and this comes out in her trainings. She is one of the most experienced Laughter Yoga Trainers in the UK, as she often trains on a one-to-one basis so hundreds have been trained by her both nationally (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Findhorn, London and Hebden Bridge) and internationally (Thailand, India, South Korea and Egypt). She is known for her relaxed yet professional style of facilitating. She has experience of training health professionals (SCOPE in Glasgow) and runs sessions with BALL groups (Be Active Live Longer) in her home county of Morayshire.
I started laughing at an early age and only realised many years later that it can offer such terrific health benefits. We started our Laughter Yoga club in York after visiting the Laughter Festival in 2016 and were hooked straight away. In my everyday life, I am a Health & Safety Consultant and unlike most of my peers, I always do my job with a smile on my face… which is quite disarming for managers who meet me. Keep Laughing… it will bring us all together as one!
Laughter links you up to your higher self, to your heart, to your creative mind, to infinite possibilities now. Do not wait for all your problems to disappear before you laugh again. The trick is to laugh now, let go now, have fun now, dance now, smile now. Laughter transforms perception. Every Time You Laugh, You Win.
Holistic Laughter Coach, Melanie Bloch is a Certified Happiness Coach, Mind-Body Balance Practitioner, Laughter Therapist, Laughter Yoga Teacher and Laughter Ambassador with over 25 years experience in the Wellbeing and Complementary Medicine Field.
Morag Wylie is a Laughter Yoga Teacher based in Central Scotland. She trained as a Laughter Yoga Leader in 2015 to bring more fun into her life and, quickly discovering the greater health benefits of Laughter Yoga, as a Teacher in 2016. She now runs a regular Laughter Club in Falkirk, One Day Laughter Skills courses and Laughter Yoga Leader training weekends.
Her outreach work includes working with community groups - including a regular group in her local Sensory Centre, older people’s groups and people affected by depression and other mental health issues.
Laughter has brought her more joy, more energy, the ability to deal with stressful situations and a more relaxed attitude to life. It has helped her relationships (she often uses laughter to dissolve tension and arguments) and has also given her a new zest for life.
She is also currently training as a Laughter Therapist as she believes laughter can bring about profound transformation in people’s lives.
Morag was severely affected by ME/CFS for over 15 years, and used a range of alternative therapies to slowly regain her health and energy. Her other passion is Transformational Breath®. Discovering breathwork was a turning point in her journey back to health and she has been a Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator since 2009. She offers one-to-one sessions with clients and runs small groups.
She believes in empowering people to take charge of their own lives through the key tools of breath and laughter.
Her creative side loves to express itself through dancing, singing and drumming. Her favourite feel-good activity is walking along a beach paddling her feet in the waves.
Nancy trained as a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader in 2014 and felt it’s incredible, transformational effects on her own wellbeing. She subsequently trained as a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher in 2015.
Laughter is the key to changing many things in our lives and with that comes a ripple effect.
Nancy brings laughter to a variety of organisations from corporate and conferences to substance misuse centres, from care homes and dementia centres to children and young people, and from hospices and charities to events - each session is tailored to your needs and could be a one-off workshop or a program of workshops.
Nancy also runs Huddersfield Lunchtime Laughter Club and regularly organises pop-up Laughter Workshops in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and even Norfolk!
I am a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and passionate practitioner & advocate for the power of healing, wellbeing and fun through laughter. I have experience of leading laughter with groups that have included - laughing for recovery from problematic drug and alcohol use, community fetes, festivals & mental health recovery through to working with the women’s group at a church. I am able to work with all types of groups including anything from laughing for emotional, mental and physical wellbeing to corporate team building and parties or weddings. I am also a therapeutic counsellor, trainer and double award winning drug & alcohol recovery practitioner. I look forward to your call or email to talk through your laughter requirements.
Odette Kurland - Laughter Yoga Leader, Laughter Facilitator, Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, Reiki Master and Gong and Sound Healer.
She has worked in the complimentary wellbeing field for over a decade. Odette has worked with Cancer Patients, St Mungo’s Recovery College and Wellbeing Centre and Global Corporations.
Laughter Yoga Wellness UK provides Laughter Yoga workshops and wellbeing services for Corporates, Charity Sector, NHS and Private Groups.
Employee wellbeing is our work, our mission and our passion. We are on a mission to create happier, healthier and less stressful workplaces.
Robin is a Laughter Consultant, Speaker and Trainer. Robin has been a laughter professional since 1998, using laughter therapeutically and for fun. He is an inspirational speaker on health and happiness and laughter, and has an MA in Health and Happiness Awareness. He has experience of delivering workshops throughout the UK and overseas, for universities, local authorities, schools, businesses, the NHS and community and health organisations. In 2004, he set up and became trustee of the UK Laughter Network; in 2008, he started supporting World Laughter Master Belachew Girma and Ethiopia National Laughter day; in 2012, he set up UK National Laughter Week and has run it each year since. He is a Laughter Yoga Ambassador, and international ambassador for Laughter For All Ethiopia. In 2016, he set up the Laughter Yoga School Manchester and Central UK, and delivers a wide range of trainings and workshops including Laughter Yoga Leader Training, Laughter and Spirituality, Laughter Facilitation Skills, Joyful Workplaces, Therapeutic Play and Laughter, and Gibberish. He also is a performance poet, playwright and shiatsu practitioner.
Sally's life lit up when training as a Laughter Yoga Leader in 2009 by finding such a fun and healthy way to de-stress!
She worked as a Registered Nurse in the community, encouraging Health Promotion, so was delighted to discover the scientific research underpinning the powerful benefits of laughter!
Subsequently, she gained her certificate as a Laughter Yoga Teacher in 2013.
Sally aims to enhance healthier, happier and fitter people by sharing laughter for wellness leading sessions for all ages and in various settings.
She has experience with facilitating small groups to large ones of more than 70 people. These include a Laughter Club; team-building/corporate workshops; festivals; meetings and clubs; homes; schools; parks; beaches or anywhere! Some venues include Bodnant Gardens, Bodelwyddan Castle, Llandrindod Wells, Wilderness Festival Oxfordshire and London Hackney Gardens Festival. Sally has been part of Wales National Laughter Day annually since 2014.
Sara is a laughter enthusiast and qualified as a Laughter Yoga Teacher in 2016. Having experienced the many many benefits of daily laughing including resilience to cope with everyday stress, she is passionate about spreading the benefits of Laughter Yoga to others from all walks of life.
Sara currently runs Knutsford Laughter Club weekly and organises pop-up Laughter Workshops in Cheshire and Manchester.
Sue is a qualified and experienced Laughter Yoga Teacher.
She has also been running her own communications, training and consultancy business for over 20 years, and her blend of sharing lessons from working with the corporate world, institutions and community organisations provides a unique training experience.
She has worked with a variety of major organisations in Devon and throughout the UK.
Whether you are looking for a training to take you into corporates or working with the community, Sue has got the experience to help.
"The BEST course I've ever done.. in my life!" Susan Quayle, Therapist.
"It was an excellent therapeutic and team-building session and we all gained a lot from participating." Langdon Hospital, Devon.
"This was brilliant. I am so glad to be aware of Laughter Yoga, and I want to do it again." Devon NHS Trust.
Tabitha has always been interested in people; who they are, what they do and how they feel. Passionate about helping people feel more ‘light minded’ she founded Light Mind Ltd in 2016.
Through ‘Light Mind’ Tabitha runs laughter and carefree singing sessions at one-off networking, team building or community events or more regular sessions in companies to support employee wellbeing and engagement.
With fifteen years corporate HR experience across the Retail, Finance and FMCG sectors, Tabitha has held specialist Learning & Development, Employee Engagement and Diversity & Inclusion roles. More recently she trained as a Laughter Yoga Leader and founded a community ‘Tuneless Choir’ (a choir for people who can’t sing). She has first-hand experience working in large, fast-paced, constantly evolving organisations and running diverse community groups.
Tim came to Laughter Yoga through witnessing the magical effects at his first session in 2014. The powerful influence of natural contagious laughter in a group environment had him rolling around the room in a state of pure bliss. And as an introduction to meditation and relaxation, the Yoga Nidra element of the Laughter Yoga experience was a momentous gift.
As a natural laugher, Tim appreciates the power of laughter to inspire creativity, drive and peak performance in people from all walks of life. The power to breakdown social barriers, increase people’s sense of connection to each other and the world around them and create healthier, happier relationships.
"The brighter we shine as individuals, the more dazzling this world becomes."
Tim is now a fully trained Laughter Yoga Teacher and runs regular community laughter clubs in North Yorkshire.
Wes is a Social Entrepreneur who knows that the key to a happy, healthy and abundant life is Love and Laughter. In January 2013 Wes had his first “mind blowing” Laughter Yoga experience and since then he has been spreading the laughter by holding classes, workshops, talks and training across the UK and beyond.
Wes says, “Laughter Yoga has been absolutely transformational for me. I am so grateful to have found it and feel so blessed to be able to help others transform their own lives, their businesses and their communities in such a joyful and soulful way.”
Experience gained over many years has developed a unique insight and ability to safely guide people towards positive change and lasting joy. Wes’ style is open and natural and stems from a combination of direct experience, practical application and continuous research. Wes is committed to helping others to live, love and laugh unconditionally again and with a passion for business performance and change he is actively involved in collaborating with dynamic individuals and organisations that want to make the world a better place.