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LAUGHTER YOGA

Venice, Florida

We don't laugh because we are happy, 

we are happy because we laugh!

William James

Hi! I am Cathy Grippi and I revel in being a

LAUGHTER YOGA AMBASSADOR, LEADER & TEACHER!

As a Laughter Ambassador, Cathy Grippi is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher with Laughter Yoga International. She is also a CLL, Certified Laughter Leader with The World Laughter Tour as well as a CPPC, Certified Professional Pro EFT™ Coach.
Cathy has been leading Laughter sessions since 2016 and has been offering Laughter in the Park each Saturday morning since early 2017. Cathy leads Laughter Yoga sessions at assisted living facilities, summer camps, and other venues.
Cathy has chosen to focus on leading and teaching Laughter Yoga because of the profound benefits she has experienced since 2016 when she first discovered this unique, fun and easy exercise modality. This is by far the only exercise system that anyone can participate in - that will increase one's overall feeling of wellbeing while decreasing feelings of stress.
According to Dr. Madan Kataria, the originator of Laughter Yoga, “this exercise modality is a single exercise that deals with physical, mental and emotional stress simultaneously. It also strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and keeps your heart healthy. It is a powerful antidote against depression – the number one sickness today.”
As a depressed and angry person for most of her life, finding Laughter Yoga in 2016 was a game changer for Cathy!  Most of us live lives filled with stress, pressures, and anxiety which cause illness. We are all bombarded with negative news, sensationalism and violent imagery, disappointments and loss, and we process these events and feeling depends on a variety of influences and habits.
To
her amazement, Cathy found that practicing Laughter Yoga gave her back her inner child - in a very adult body! It gave her back the ability to laugh in earnest. It helped her recognize that her body hadn’t been producing a sufficient D.O.S.E of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins that are our own chemicals that help us feel happy, trusting and energized.
While our personal challenges are not eliminated by practicing laughter yoga, it's effect is like using windshield wipers on a rainy day, "I can now navigate the road of life with optimism and less stress.”
Since the spring of 2017, Cathy has been a member of AATH.org, the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor, where she is participating in their Humor Academy, which provides insight and more on how we can use humor in our daily lives - in productive ways.
Please reach out any time!

Jenny Muhlbauer became a certified Laughter Leader in the spring of 2018 and leads or co-leads classes. Since Jenny has been sharing the role of leader, she had brought more joy and fun to the sessions that make her sorely missed when she travels!  Jenny is our zoom host on Saturday mornings and adds to the fun on Wednesdays and Thursdays!  

Nicolette (Nikki) Reiser is a master of many things, Laughter Yoga is just one of her passions! Nikki says, “My style is silly, childlike, eclectic and compassionate. I bring a lot of heart and love to my laughter sessions (and my life). I believe that every-body has a right to health, wellness and feeling good, and I like to help lead them to it, no matter what they path they may need.

The owner of Comfort & Balance in Sewaren, NJ, where Nikki blends her skills as a Naturopath, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Yoga & Meditation teacher for over 17 years. Having discovered Laughter Yoga on zoom during the lockdowns, she jumped right in, became a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and has joined us here at Laughter Yoga Venice on Thursday mornings. Nikki host her own Laughter Yoga sessions on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

You will find links to Nikki’s Sunday morning sessions on our ‘More Laughter Session’ page and you will find her on our Thursday zoom session. Please check out her website www.ComfortandBalance.com to learn more about Nikki and how she can help you find comfort and balance.