About Heather Joy

A woman with hand on heart. Heather Joy Campbell

A few years ago, in my other life as a journalist and feature writer, I heard about ‘laughing yoga’ and thought: STORY! I made a phone call to a laugher yoga practitioner in Victoria and at the end of that interview, she challenged me to experience what we’d spoken about, rather than just write about it.

I wrote my story… and days later found myself googling ‘laughter yoga Brisbane’. Sure enough there was a community-based laughter club in my hometown that met weekly. Two days later, I attended—in a public park no less! Yes, I was self-conscious (initially). Yes, it seemed like a crazy thing to do. Most importantly, yes, I felt different after just one session! I felt vibrant, energetic, positive – goooood! So good that the weekend laughter sessions became a regular fixture in an already busy schedule (mother/stepmother to a clutch of teens, carer to my terminally ill mother, wife, friend, journalist, volunteer…). I came to liken the sessions to recharging my phone battery. I learnt simple exercises that I could do to ‘stress less’ when the pressure was on at work or at home. I laughed, more, anyway

 

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Heather Joy (centre, in all white) with Brisbane Laughter Club participants after her first solo session.

In 2014, I took the next step. I trained to become a laughter yoga leader in the tradition of Dr Madan Kataria. I became officially ‘certified’ (not certifiable!). That training enabled me to become one of the volunteer leaders running the Brisbane Laughter Club (at that time, the only group in the city). Laughter clubs are fabulous training grounds to hone facilitation skills.  I was soon being invited to talk at local clubs and small gatherings and demonstrate laughter yoga to them. I needed to learn more…

 

 

 

 

In March 2016, I travelled to Bangalore, India, to train as a laughter yoga teacher under the tutelage of the regimen’s founder, Dr Kataria. At graduation, I was told to leave my safe tribe at New Farm and

Laughter yoga is universal. Here Heather Joy practises at a Bangalore laughter club while training to be a laughter yoga teacher.

establish at least one more laughter club on return to Brisbane. That’s how The Gap Laughter Club (aka Kookaburras) came to be. I love seeing the connectedness laughter yoga brings to my community. I’ve also been able to train up laughter leaders in regional Queensland, enabling laughter clubs to grow. 

 

 

I also facilitate professional laughter wellbeing sessions and workshops in workplaces, present at conferences and deliver adapted laughter wellbeing sessions for seniors in retirement villages and nursing homes (let’s face it, ageing is not for sissies!).

In August 2017, Dr Madan Kataria appointed me a global Laughter Ambassador in recognition of the Happydemic’s efforts to spread wellbeing in Queensland, seriously, through laughter yoga.

My News page provides insights, news and titbits about laughter yoga, joyfulness, and gratitude and how they interconnect for wellbeing.

When I’m not facilitating laughter yoga or writing and editing, I enjoy cooking up a storm for family and friends, creating vibrant coloured glass mosaics and exploring the world around me.

And yes, Heather Joy is the name my parents gave me!

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It has been scientifically proven that 20 minutes of laughter reaps real physiological benefits.

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“Our laughter leader training course was so well customised to the needs of our organisation and we received fabulous feedback from participants. Laughter yoga sessions are now on the calendar each week at our villages.”

— Jennie Hewitt, Positive Living Coordinator, Feros Care

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