My name is Lisha Conner and I have found my passion! In the spring of 2011 I earned my Associates degree at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. I then went on to earn a Certificate in Gerontology through Portland Community College. During my academic pursuits at PCC, I successfully completed the 36-hour Activity Director Certification through the State of Oregon. In addition I participated in a 120-hour internship with the program coordinator at Clare Bridge of Salem, a dementia care senior facility in Oregon. While doing research for a class assignment pertaining to advantageous programs for seniors, I stumbled upon Laughter Yoga. I was intrigued by the many benefits laughter can have on a person’s overall health. Inspired, I completed the required training and became a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader in October 2011. I have since established a weekly Laughter Yoga club in Salem and introduced Laughter Yoga to the residents of Hearthstone of Beaverton, a senior living facility in Oregon. I am thrilled to be currently sharing Laughter Yoga at best-selling author Neale Donald Walsch's, retreats in southern Oregon. I absolutely adore the retreat/workshop venue, as I am often introducing people to Laughter Yoga for the first time--such a treat for me!
Being a Laughter Yoga Leader has made me happier, healthier and more productive. I would be delighted and honored to share it with YOU!!!
What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga is like nothing you have done before, as an adult, anyway! Remember being a child and getting the giggles? Did you know children laugh on average over 150 times a day, while an adult may only laugh 15 times in that same day? It makes sense why children are often filled with joy, they’re laughing all the time!! Upon witnessing children, do you ever think, “Gosh, I wish I had that kind of exuberance for life?” Laughter Yoga can offer you a childlike joy. It’s easy, fun, playful, and creative. There’s a bonus I haven’t mentioned yet…. It’s healthy for you to laugh!!! Research on the physical benefits of laughter demonstrates its ability to boost the immune system by stimulating anti-viral and anti-infection cells. It can reduce stress related hormones and increase endorphins, which are the body’s natural opiate! As well, it is a form of exercise invigorating the circulatory system which oxygenates the body’s cells. Wow!!! Laughter really is the best medicine!!! Laughter Yoga is uplifting and unifying. It has the potential to bring out the best in people and encourage a sense of community. Anyone can do this! There are no poses to hold like in traditional yoga. We use guided exercises and deep breathing to induce laughter which often becomes contagious and life affirming! Yay!!!