Hello – I am Maggie Thompson and ‘Merrie Maggie’ is the name I deliver Laughter Yoga under.
What inspired me to get involved with Laughter Yoga?
About eight years ago I attended a Laughter Yoga workshop that I facilitated for exercise tutors delivering to older people through my role as LEAP Over 50 Project Co-ordinator with Age Concern Dudley (Now Age UK Dudley).
Luckily, I attended the training myself and was in for a treat! Being easily prone to giggling, I launched myself at the routines during the training and discovered that it is easier to ‘laugh for no reason’ than a lot of people think.
In my line of work, I was able to deliver a ‘taster’ of what I had learnt at various events promoting exercise and activity. These ‘taster’ sessions were met with enthusiasm and I began to be known as the ‘laughter lady!’
I have now retired from Age UK Dudley in order to concentrate on Laughter Yoga
On 17 February 2014 I was on BBC Radio WM being interviewed about Laughter Yoga and you can listen here
Also, early in 2014 I was interviewed by the Press Association from which they created an article about my Laughter Club which appeared in the March 2014 issue of Chat Monthly (page 59).
The Worcester News also created an article in their September 2014 health feature about Laughter Yoga and its benefits:
In June 2014 I attended the Advanced Laughter Yoga Training in Manchester delivered by Dr Madan Kataria – the founder of the Laughter Yoga Movement, which is worldwide. It was a real privilege to be taught by him and to hear his plans for the future of the Laughter Yoga University.
A video was taken at my Wordsley (Stourbridge) Laughter Club in July 2014 at which Koji Tajima, a Laughter Yoga teacher from Japan visited and joined in to deliver the session. A group of young people from the local Princes Trust also attended along with regular attendees and a couple of new people. The video was taken by the Press association and can be viewed by following this You Tube link: