HAVE A LAUGH: Meredith Yardley will kick off the Laughter Yoga Club in Ballina next month. Laughter, she said, was
HAVE A LAUGH: Meredith Yardley will kick off the Laughter Yoga Club in Ballina next month. Laughter, she said, was "great stress relief”. "You don't laugh at jokes (in the sessions) - you laugh for no reason.” Graham Broadhead

Laughter yoga will be a hoot

BALLINA'S Meredith Yardley reckons Ballina could be the laughter capital of Australia.

That's a much better tag than the shark capital the town has previously copped.

Ms Yardley will next month start a Laughter Yoga Club with the aim of simply sharing the joy and health benefits of a good old chuckle.

This follows on from Ballina man Richard Jones starting his Laugh-a-Minute for mankind campaign three years ago, and now held annually in March as a United Nations-ratified event.

Ms Yardley, a trained laughter yoga leader, began on her chortling path after giving up a job in the corporate world and undertaking health studies in the US.

She stumbled upon a laughter yoga class in that time, and was hooked.

Despite the name, there are no yoga positions in laughter yoga - it's simply a group session that aims to have participants doubled up in stitches.

Laughter Yoga Club starts at St Mary's Anglican Church administration hall on July 18. For details visit www.meredithyardley.com



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