Special Performance -Ananda with guest Lynn Himmelmann
link to Ananda website
Host - Ana Nair
Early bird Laughter Meditation -
Helen Bauer became a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader in August 2009 in order to add to her Life Mission of raising the Happiness Quotient on the planet.
Helen is available to bring Laughter Yoga to corporations, businesses, schools, home parties, or any gathering of people who want to have a different kind of fun.
Amanda Barker is a comedian and improviser and has performed around the world in theatres, television, and film. She has worked with Second City, Chicago Comedy Company, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines and the CBC.
Amanda has certification in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga and is a certified Can-Fit-Pro Fitness Professional. In 2009, Amanda completed her training with Moksha Yoga, discovered Dr. Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga and became a registered Laughter Yoga Leader. She is a registered teacher through the International Yoga Alliance and is a member of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
In addition Amanda is a certified Yin and Pre and Post Natal yoga teacher and has her YogaBuds certification to teach the gift of yoga to kids! Amanda currently teaches Laughter Yoga infused with improvisation and traditional Hatha Yoga to kids young and old across Ontario. She is teamed up with various Moksha Yoga Studios, Do Your Thing Productions, Supporting Roles, The High Park Family Fun Place, Teddy Bear Academy and Folklore Music and Arts.
Introduction to Laughter Yoga - Everett Baker and Kathryn Kimmins
Everett Baker 'On a vacation some three years ago we met a woman who leveled the hips of my wife Trudy. I was an instant believer and have been active in pursuing alternative healing practices ever since. I have practitioner qualification in Quantum Touch. Trudy and I daily practice one or another modality of alternative health exercises; i.e. Qi-Gong, self massage and a series of Tai-Chi movements. On a weekly basis we participate in a Quantum Touch healing circle at our home which is also the home base of The Oak and River Retreat. We walk and swim regularly and eat healthy.
When I was introduced to Laughter Yoga by Kathryn Kimmins at our Summer Solstice week-end celebration, I took an immediate liking to the format. It suits the humorous side of my personality. Certification as Laughter Leader took place shortly thereafter'.
Kathryn Kimmins, a Holistic Practitioner since 2002, delivers through spiritual guidance; ‘Hands on Healing’ encompassing Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy. It seemed natural that the next major therapy to add to her skill set would be Laughter Yoga. Following her accreditation, in 2010, by Madan Kataria M.D., founder of Laughter Yoga, Kathryn founded and operates the Concession on the Mountain Laughter Yoga Club in Hamilton.
Kathryn has facilitated presentations, and led and taught Laughter Yoga at corporate events, colleges and universities, retirement homes, recreation centres, church functions, health and wellness events, Take Back the Night at City Hall, retreats and ladies groups. Audience numbers have exceeded 600 participants laughing for no reason.
When she’s not laughing and promoting Laugh Yourself Healthy around Ontario and doing Laughter Yoga cruises on the MSC Poesia she’s busy working part-time at SRH Health Foods on Barton St. as a health care consultant.
Laughter Yoga with Seniors - Carlos Góngora
Carlos Góngora is Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher by Dr. Kataria School and Certified Life Coach by International Coach Academy, specializes in Human Development, stress management, teambuilding, leadership, peak performance and communication skills to national and multinational corporations in Canada and Colombia.
In Laughter Yoga he is doing sessions every week in several community centres, seniors and retired homes
If you want something SERIOUS in your life, LAUGH. It's for your health.
Laughter Dance and Drum Circle with Laughter Choir -
Jim Arnold and Lynn Himmelmann
Jim Arnold is a highly skilled musician and instructor who will lead a short workshop on drumming and will also be introducing dance movements. Drums will be available - bring your own if you have one.
Lynn Himmelmann (B.Sc., B. Mus.), also known as Lively Laughing Lynn,
has been twice proclaimed champion laugher of Toronto at the Toronto
Laughter Games in 2009 and 2010.
As the owner and CEO of Life Enhancement Essentials she has raised the health & happiness of thousands of 'serious' seekers, ha, ha
- using Laughter in conjunction with other ground-breaking modalities.
Lynn enthusiastically supports the presence of Laughter Yoga in Toronto, bringing the Spirit of Laughter to government organizations,hospitals, universities, seniors homes, and private businesses. She has been offering weekly Laughter Yoga classes for over 6 years and regularly trains and certifies others to be Laughter Yoga Leaders.
Lynn is working in collaboration with Jim for this presentation, and also
drawing on her own musical abilities in forming an impromptu laughter
Incorporating Laughter Yoga into a Workplace Health and Wellness Program
Lillian Saggiorato RN, COHN(C), CLYT
Lillian is a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and Occupational Health Nurse, presently working at an Acute Care Health Centre. She trained with Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, and continues to be passionate about the benefits of Laughter Yoga. She provides many energetic, stress-relieving sessions within the workplace. Regularly bringing the joy of laughter yoga to senior’s homes, their groups with special needs and various community groups. Lillian facilitated an energetic, fun filled, public session, in Toronto’s busy Yonge/Dundas Square.
Lillian brings professionalism and the gift of laughter to any session she leads.
Anna Blake RN, MPH, COHN(C), CRSP
Anna is a health and safety professional, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and has held a variety of positions encompassing all areas of health and safety including OHS management and education, occupational health nursing, disability management and industrial hygiene assessments. She trained with Dr. Madan Kataria in 2009 in Mexico.
Anna’s passion is workplace wellness and had the opportunity to develop a wellness program from the ground up for a major pharmaceutical company. She believes that laughter yoga supports a healthy workplace and can contribute to companies achieving their goals and supporting employee well-being.
Special Needs and Laughter Yoga - Ingrid Exner
Ingrid Exner is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in professional writing and social work. She has many years experience working in the fields of social services, mental health and technical writing. As a brain tumour survivor and facilitator of a local support group for survivors, she has a strong interest in wellness of both mind and body. This interest in total body wellness, has led her to study Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation and most recently, Laughter Yoga. Ingrid became certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader after taking the certification course with Duncan Cook. In her own life, and in the lives of clients and friends, she has witnessed the healing power of yoga and laughter and has found them to be beneficial in leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Laughter Yoga in Business for Entrepreneurs - Dr. Lynn Perreault Marjorie Moulin and Wendy Woods
Lynn Perreault, Ph.D.
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader & Teacher, and CEO / Founder of “AY-i-AY!” – a company that provides group laughter sessions, laughter coaching, laughter retreats, corporate seminars and certification opportunities that help people relieve stress, enjoy better health, boost sense of humour, and build a positive attitude.
Lynn is a trainer and motivational speaker for companies, non-profit organizations, and support groups. She is also a corporate consultant for wellness programming, stress management, motivation, team-building, group dynamics, leadership, and interpersonal relations.
Wendy Woods, M.B.A.
After working for many years on Bay Street, Wendy started Watershed Training Solutions in 2003. While delivering her highly successful Humour In the Workplace workshops, she discovered Laughter Yoga. Realizing its value as an employee engagement tool, she became certified with Dr. Kataria in 2005. Since that time she has been working with leading corporations helping them energize and motivate their number 1 asset – their people. Wendy is also responsible for co-organizing several Toronto World Laughter Days.
Wendy continues to help her clients, such as Ernst and Young, Johnson and Johnson and TD Bank Financial, be more productive and engaged through Laughter, Emotional Intelligence and Stress Resilience. Her expertise has been featured on CTV News, Entertainment Tonight Canada, and USA Today.
To find out how Wendy can bring expertise and enthusiasm to your organization.
email firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 416-926-9450
Laughter and Meditation - Russell Scott
Meet Each Other, Connect and Network - Pankaj Sachdeva
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Language Assessor (Centre for Education and Training)
French Instructor (Sheridan College)
FSL teacher( Dufferin Peel Catholic Board)
A result-driven Facilitator with a solid record of accomplishment and success as an Instructor, Assessor, Leader, Translator and Interpreter. Extensive experience in dealing with the general public and new immigrants and committed to serving the needs of clients. 'A strong believer in magnetic magic of laughter, I have been teaching French for 23 years and my French classes are always commended for being ‘fun’ and ‘effective’. Last year, I presented at TESL conference how Laughter Yoga can be used as an ice breaker in ESL classes. The session was well appreciated.'