Friday, January 16, 2009


You read the blog title correctly: dandruff laugh. That is the name of the new Laughter Yoga exercise developed by the Lansing Laughter Club. We just have to share it with you because it's so fun.

Club members and experienced laughers, Rick Gramlich and Jamie Horkheimer are skillfully demonstrating dandruff laugh in these photographs.

To practice this exercise, pretend you've got dandruff. You suddenly notice some flakes on your shoulders and gently brush them off with a little, nervous giggle. Keep brushing until you realize you simply can't stop the flow!

Begin scratching your head vigorously. Laugh at the dandruffy madness!

Increase the cardiovascular impact of this exercise by voraciously attempting to fling your dandruff onto your fellow laughers.  Notice the wind-up Jamie's got going on in the picture above.

And now he flings with full laughter force.  What great form and skill! Let your laughter club go wild with this exercise.

When I was describing dandruff laugh to a fellow Laughter Yoga teacher, she acted shocked. "No way would I lead that exercise! I've GOT dandruff! It would be too embarrassing." She said.  We laughed about it together and recognized that it would be good therapy for her to laugh at her own malady. 

That's the joy of these Laughter Yoga exercises—they help us laugh at ourselves, and thus take ourselves a bit less seriously. This frees us to simply live joyfully and take more risks—knowing that if things don't go the way we'd hoped, we can just laugh! Ha ha ha!

Monday, January 12, 2009


This past weekend, January 9-11, the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga offered a Laughter Yoga Leader retreat at Sugar Creek Bible Camp in Ferryville, Wisconsin. "It was an amazing weekend!" says participant Kathleen Lynch.

After three days of laughing and learning, 8 new Laughter Yoga Leaders zealously graduated. You can see the happy grads with their laughter diplomas above. These truly amazing, fully-equipped Laughter Yoga specialists are:

Ann-Marie Clark
130 Green Bay Rd
Thiensville, WI 53092

Becky Comnick
Southern Minnesota

Barb Klapperich
2456 480th Street
Stacyville, IA 50476

Cyrilla Lace
757 River Heights Rd.
Menominee, WI 54751

Kathleen Lynch
8628 Fremont Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444

Lori Moynihan
535 Aspen Ave
Verona, WI 53593

Carolyn Schug
5238 State Hwy 97
Athens, WI 54411

Gloria Wall
58876 Wall Ridge
Eastman, WI 54626

We were also joined by Pat Reeves of West Des Moines, Iowa, who graduated from the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga in 2007 and came back to strengthen and renew her laughter leadership skills.

The winter weather was beautiful at the wilderness camp. In addition to our laughter lessons, we spent time intertubing, snow shoeing, taking saunas and roasting marshmellows around the campfire.

And of course, we had a whoopin' good time dancing, leaping and laughing at our Saturday night costume party. See the group shot above.

Barb Klapperich declares: "I am so proud to have graduated from the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga. The retreat was such a wonderful setting in the snowy Wisconsin woods with opportunities to interact with nature AND the fantastic group of laughers who were there. It was an honor to meet people who are ready to help bring peace to the world through laughter."

Becky Comnick adds: "Not only was it a delight, it was an honor—a brilliant start of many great things in 2009!"

And here is the really good news: you can join us for the next Laughter Yoga Retreat at Sugar Creek Bible Camp. It has just been scheduled for April 3-5, 2009. To learn more and register, visit the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga. No joke!