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Laughter Gong – Laughter Yoga and Gong Meditation North London

Laughter Gong – A fun yet effective holistic Stressbuster in North London , Arts Depot North Finchley 13th June 2016

Laughter Gong is a combination of two incredible stress busters combined, Gong Meditation  and Laughter Yoga (Hasyayoga) Exercises.

There are many similarities to the benefits of prolonged Laughter and Gong Meditation as they are both excellent at boosting general wellness and reducing stress and anxiety then add to the mix the Healing benefits of Gong, Wow!!

The Session

We will start with around 25 minutes of Laughter Yoga followed by a super relaxing and healing 40 minute Gong Meditation.

What is Laughter Yoga

In a nutshell Laughter yoga is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter along with yogic breathing techniques that originate from Yoga. Laughter Yoga gives us an opportunity for extended deep belly laughter. This is the type of laughter that gives us all the health benefits and the benefits can remain with us for some time after the session! The body reacts in the same way whether the laughter is forced or natural, releasing the endorphins (happy hormones). It is these endorphins that kick in and fight stress, boost our immune system and make us feel good in so many ways.

Some of the Health Benefits from Laughter Yoga

Laughter Elevates Mood and can change your mood within minutes by releasing endorphins from your brain cells. This makes you feel good.

Laughter Yoga reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. It can also help with Pain Relief.

All in all, a workshop that will benefit you in many ways. Fantastic for stress relief, relaxation, insomnia and more. Many people report back as having had ‘the best night’s sleep’ after having attended a gong meditation.

Followed by a Journey of Sound to Relax and De-Stress whilst bathing in layers of Sound.

What happens in a Gong Bath ?

You lie down fully clothed on a camping/yoga mat on the floor, warm and cosy with a blanket covering you whilst the Gongs and other Therapeutic instruments are played. The experience can feel different each and every time and for each person whilst you are gently immersed and massaged by the healing vibrations. Most commonly you will drift in to a space of deep relaxation ( a meditative state brought on by the sounds of the instruments ) you may fall asleep for some of the time, you may feel that you travel with the sounds, you may even see visions, perhaps colours or even hear other sounds.  Most importantly at the end, you can feel brighter, lighter, less stressed and re-energised. The gongs can also be very healing, helping to bring your mind, body and soul in to balance and even clear blockages. At the very least you are most likely to have a damn good sleep which is great for those suffering from insomnia. Some people report back as having felt the benefits and effects even a few days after the Gong Bath.

Note for those unable to lie down, it is possible to remain seated in a chair. Lying down is the

No experience necessary.  All that is required is a willingness to accept and receive and a willingness to laugh for no reason.

Please note the gong bath is best received when lying down comfortably however it is possible for anyone who can not lie down to receive the gong bath seated in a chair. (Please let us know in advance so that we can ensure that we have a chair for you)

IMPORTANT What should I bring

Wear loose comfortable clothing. Please bring water, (laughter is like a cardio workout!)  a yoga mat or similar, a blanket or sleeping bag and cushion or pillow for total relaxation and warmth. Body temperature can drop rapidly during the gong bath. You will be lying down for around 40 minutes.

How much is it


How do I book ? 

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to pay and reserve.

Important – Please arrive by 7.15pm latest allowing ample time for settling in. Once the Workshop starts at 7.25pm it will not be possible for latecomers to gain entry.


Pregnancy (not recommended during the first and final trimester of pregnancy due to the unstable nature of any pregnancy) Tinnitus/Menieres/Epilepsy – any condition which is ‘sound sensitive’ or could be triggered by sound.  Metal Implants/pins/screws/pacemaker etc (can resonate the metal and also change rhythm of pacemaker) Mental health condition (anyone with a serious Mental Health condition)

Laughter Yoga Contraindications

Laughter Yoga is not a substitute for medical consultation for physical, mental and psychological illnesses, but is a powerful natural complementary form of healing. It is like any other aerobic exercise and may not be suitable for everyone as it involves some physical strain and a rise in intra-abdominal pressure.

It is contraindicated for people suffering from: Any kind of hernia, Heart disease with angina pain, Persistent cough with breathlessness, Uncontrolled high blood pressure, Incontinence of urine, Epilepsy, Advanced (bleeding) piles and haemorrhoids or any bleeding tendencies in any part of the body, Severe backache, Any acute symptoms of cough, cold and fever.  People who have undergone major surgery should wait at least three months before doing Laughter Yoga.

Relative contraindications

Those suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure but are stable on medication and can take a brisk walk for 30 minutes without any symptoms can do Laughter Yoga with advice from medical specialists.

People who have undergone bypass surgery can also do Laughter Yoga after their stress test is normal.  Pregnancy is also a relative contraindication. Women with previous history of miscarriages and also those who are in advanced stage of pregnancy should take medical advice from specialists before doing laughter exercises.  People suffering from minor and major psychiatric disorders can participate in a laughter session except those who are not in touch with reality e.g. schizophrenia, Hyper mania (manic part of bipolar depression)

Facilitator – Gong Master

Odette Kurland is a Gong Master, Laughter Yoga Leader, Gibberish Coach, Reiki Master and Meditation Facilitator. She has trained with various Gong teachers including Don Conreaux, Abby delSol, Tom Soltran and Sheila Whittaker


in the heart of North Finchley. We can be found on the first floor at the Creative Space within the Arts Depot, North Finchley’s premier art space.

Artsdepot is completely accessible to wheelchair users with step free access throughout. Multiple lifts provide access to all floors.

If you arrive early, feel free to relax in the comfy Cafe.

Feeling Stressed ? Can’t Sleep ? Feeling out of balance ?

Sat Nav
artsdepot’s postcode may lead you astray – use N12 0EH instead.