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

LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER!

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 2017 and has been offering Laughter in the Park each Saturday morning for over two years. Cathy has lead 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! We are all bombarded with negative news, sensationalism and violent imagery, disappointments and loss. Most of us live lives filled with stress, pressures, and anxiety which cause illness. How we process these events and feeling depends on a variety of influences and habits.

Amazingly, what Cathy found is that 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 her personal challenges were 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.”

Cathy says, "All my life I had found ways to reach out and help others mostly through community service or in assisting family. And then I found Laughter Yoga! Not only did Laughter Yoga give me great personal satisfaction but it allows me to connect with people in a way I never experienced before."

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.

Cathy is excited to announce that beginning February 12, 2020, she will be teaching people how to live life laughing for the health of it at Blue Lotus Meditation and Holistic Center located at 714 Shamrock Blvd, Venice Florida, 34293. Classes will begin each Wednesday morning at 9:30 and there is a $5 fee to participate.

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!

Please come and laugh with us and the gang!