RVA Laugh Club*
RVA Laugh Club is a free social laughter club established in 2018 by Slash Coleman, MAed, Laughter Ambassador & Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher to create healthier and happier lives in our Richmond, Virginia community through laughter. What began as a simple yearlong experiment grew into much more as nearly 13,000 participants joined the club in order to live healthier, happier and more motivated lives. During his first year, he initiated programs for Veterans, children with cancer and for those recovering from substance abuse and addiction. He continues to utilize four guiding principals: 1) Provide sessions for free. 2) Say Yes to anyone who asks. 3) Follow through with any idea related to laughter. 4) Use attraction rather than promotion to market the club.
*RVA Laugh Club has no dues or fees and the only requirement for lifetime membership, besides a desire to laugh, is to attend at least one RVA Laugh Club laughter yoga session.
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Laughter Yoga Warriors
Laughter Yoga Warriors is a collection of free social laughter clubs established in 2018 as a way to serve veterans, active military personnel and first responders* (including: family and friends) through laughter yoga in the United States. LYW clubs are provided at no cost to participants.
The original concept for Laughter Yoga Warriors was created by Rebecca Wood, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and was introduced as a pilot program the following year by Slash Coleman, MAed & Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, for Veteran’s and their families at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center (also known as Richmond VA Medical Center) .
Laughter Yoga Warriors will scale up in October 2019 in Richmond, VA, seek to spread nationwide in Spring 2020 and believes laughter yoga is an important service that supports our warriors in the following ways:
We solve logistical problems, such as long travel distances, by offering laughter yoga in venues close to where our warriors live and in venues where our warriors feel most comfortable.
We reinforce the social aspect of laughter yoga by providing an environment where our warriors can come together to share their experience, strength, and hope.
We lessen long wait times that our warriors typically experience when seeking mental and physical health treatments by offering sessions on a weekly basis.
We utilize specific exercises to help reduce the stigma, fear, shame and personal embarrassment related to seeking help for mental health issues.
We view every warrior actively seeking laughter yoga as a mental health treatment as strong.
We employ certified laughter yoga leaders who have supplementary training in substance abuse, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
*We define a first responder as a person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. This includes: Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), Ambulance Drivers, Police Officers, Firefighters, Rescuers, Wilderness First Responders and other trained members of organizations connected with this type of work.