Marlene Chertok has been teaching and practicing laughter yoga since 2004. She began exploring the health benefits of laughter for her own health and healing following cancer. Turned out t there really is something to it! Laughter boosts the immune system and is a terrific stress buster!
Marlene has had a wonderful time sharing laughter presentations around the St Louis community and surrounding areas. She has personally experienced the challenges and joy of finding her own laughter and playfulness again. Marlene has been a popular presenter of laughter programs in the community. Word of mouth has been her best promotion! Marlene is a retired nurse and loves to share laughter - the best medicine!
Laughter Yoga was developed in India 22 years ago by a medical physician,
Dr Madan Kataria. He was trying to find a way for patients to laugh more to improve their spirits and immune system. It consists of doing simple laughter "exercises" and deep breathing from yoga (pranyama). Anybody can do it but it does require a "willingness" to go outside your box! The heart and soul of laughter yoga are the laughter clubs - a place where people can practice laughter exercises, play together and develop community. Laughter yoga is now spreading all over the world. Laughter is the universal language we all speak!
For inquiries about laughter yoga programs, contact Marlene@laughteryogastlouis.net
St Louis Laughter Club meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, Missouri. It is a place to laugh and play and find your joy - even and especially, if it has been a long time since you laughed. Stressed out? Laughter Club is a great place to release the stress of the week in a positive way! The laughter club is a place to bring laughter back into your life. It takes practice - regular attendance provides the most benefit but people are welcome to attend whenever they can.
Wear comfortable clothes and you may want to bring a yoga mat. No yoga poses are done. Emphasis is on laughter exercises and deep breathing from yoga. Relaxation is done at the end. A small donation is requested to cover rent expenses.
Although there is no traditional yoga in laughter yoga, Marlene is a practitioner of traditional yoga, Qigong and meditation.
For more details, contact Marlene at email@example.com. Bring an open mind and a willingness to try something new!
"Laughter yoga raises your spirits and puts a smile on your face. It helps you to not take yourself so seriously. "
David, laughter club attendee since 2004.
"Laughter yoga has made me a better person!" Aya and Meg
"Laughter yoga heals invisible wounds" Debra
"To me, the best part of laughter yoga is not the health benefits or the aerobic side of it but it is the magical, almost instant, bond that it creates between people. People from different ages, socio-economic backgrounds, race, religion, gender, etc. It really cuts across in such a way that I have never experienced something like this at play before. Toddlers and young kids experience that but it is not accessible for teenagers and adults." Christian Marzos