CHINGFORD: Laughter yoga teacher employed

A ‘LAUGHTER yoga' teacher has been employed using taxpayers' money.

Liza Moon’s classes combine yoga breathing techniques with forced laughter to release chemicals in the brain which relieve stress and reduce pain.

She is being paid by the Waltham Forest Community Learning and Skills Service (ClaSS), which is funded by the Skills Funding Agency.

The classes are due to be held at Rush Croft and Heathcote schools, both in Chingford, and are set to start next year.

The amount Ms Moon is being paid has not been revealed, but she believes the expenditure is justified as the classes will help people in difficult economic times.

She said: “It can help with depression and reduces pain and stress.

"At a time when people are going to be affected because they are losing their jobs, this is something that can help with depression and lift up people's mindsets.

“It is such a simple thing but it can do so much for a person's health.”

“Laughing can be contagious and when people are watching other people laugh, they will start laughing as well.

“When a person starts to laugh, the brain tells the mind that a person is happy, thereby releasing those chemicals.”

The course is set to cost £41.

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11:50am Thu 30 Jun 11

technojist says...

Laughing all the way to the Bank no doubt!
Laughing all the way to the Bank no doubt! technojist
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12:17pm Thu 30 Jun 11

inézc says...

If I lived in Waltham Forest I would be hysterical with joy at having to stump up my Council Tax for a "service" like this. Is it 1 April again?
If I lived in Waltham Forest I would be hysterical with joy at having to stump up my Council Tax for a "service" like this. Is it 1 April again? inézc
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12:43pm Thu 30 Jun 11

Oliver_Highams_Park says...

Pandering to the Daily Mail crowd is a sad business dear Guardian.

Smearing someone just because they use a bit of 'laughter' in their yoga. Pathetic 'journalism'.
Pandering to the Daily Mail crowd is a sad business dear Guardian. Smearing someone just because they use a bit of 'laughter' in their yoga. Pathetic 'journalism'. Oliver_Highams_Park
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12:44pm Thu 30 Jun 11

Oliver_Highams_Park says...

Pandering to the Daily Mail crowd is a sad business dear Guardian.

Smearing someone just because they use a bit of 'laughter' in their yoga. Pathetic 'journalism'.
Pandering to the Daily Mail crowd is a sad business dear Guardian. Smearing someone just because they use a bit of 'laughter' in their yoga. Pathetic 'journalism'. Oliver_Highams_Park
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9:56pm Thu 30 Jun 11

Sam Hain says...

Laughter is the best medicine, they say, but when the medicine being handed out to the public services at present is so bitter I think strories like these, which in the past would beseen as 'silly season' fillers, are, like the medicine itself, increasingly hard to swallow.
Laughter is the best medicine, they say, but when the medicine being handed out to the public services at present is so bitter I think strories like these, which in the past would beseen as 'silly season' fillers, are, like the medicine itself, increasingly hard to swallow. Sam Hain
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