LAUGH YOGA

By Ken Martin



LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE: So the Reader’s Digest has been saying for years and Lydia Gonzales, CLYT, CLL, and LMNOP, agrees. Lydia conducts Laughter Yoga workshops at various venues in our area including the one that my wife, Patty, and I attended recently at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center.


Lydia, aka Giggle Fairypist and Lydiagogo, is a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher by Dr. Kataria’s School of Laughter Yoga (www.laughteryoga.org) and a certified Laughter Leader from World Laughter Tour (www.worldlaughtertour.com). She encourages anyone who is stressed out and wants to have more fun, wants to relax the laughter way, feels like they want to be more playful and creative, wants gentle social interaction in a positive manner, wants to feel good and get their blood pumping, and has forgotten how good it feels to laugh to attend any of her workshops.


Giggling and laughing while dancing to the “Funky Chicken” or “Tiny Bubbles” while waving your arms in the air and wearing an “unusual” hat does chase the blues away. In addition, laughter, either imitation or genuine, exercises the diaphragm and clears the lungs, Lydia says. Actually, the breathing and arm stretching are the important yoga part. The laughter just makes it more fun.


Lydia will soon be starting groups in Dublin, Hayward (at the Hayward Library), and Castro Valley (at the Aitken Senior Center). It only costs $4 per session and you can just drop in and participate. For more information, call Lydai at (510) 390 -4105 or go to www.Laughing Lydia.com.


HEY, KIDS! LOOK HERE!: The CV Chapter of the Order of DeMolay is throwing their annual Pasta Dinner and “Jammy Jam” w/ Sleepover on Saturday, March 10, at the CV Masonic Center. The “endless” pasta feed with a choice of sauces, salad, and dessert starts at 6:00 PM with dancing commencing at 8:30 PM. Participants  are to dress in their PJ’s and bring their own pillow, bedding, and toiletries. Sounds like a great time for only $6 for dinner, $5 for the dance, or a bargain $10 for both. There will also be a photo booth to take pictures with friends for just $3. All proceeds from the booth will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Patty and I will be there for the dinner part. The sleepover goes on past our bedtime!


Monday, March 19, will be Senior DeMolay Night at the Masonic Center. The ceremony will start at 7:30 PM and will honor “vintage” DeMolay members. Last year I and several of my DeMolay friends were awarded our 50- and 60-year pins and certificates.


The public is invited to both of these events.  For any boys and their parents that are interested in DeMolay, here’s a chance to see some of what DeMolay is about. It’s a great organization. Check it out. For more information, contact Yvonne Reynolds at ReynoldsY@aetna.com.


THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: At the CV Performing Arts Center this month:


March 2 thru 10 – CVHS Drama presents “The Laramie Project”.

March 15 – Smith Center Anniversary Celebration with Rolling Stones’  Chuck Leavitt.

March 17 – Bruce Forman, jazz guitarist, and the Cow Bop Band.

March 18 – CV Adult School Chamber Orchestra Classical Concert


Tickets and info are available at www.cvartsfoundation.org/series.html , CVCFA Box Office (889-8961) Thursdays and Fridays 3:00-5:00 PM, or CV Adult School Office.