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Friday 17th June- 10am PDT | 1 pm EDT | 6pm UK | 7pm Europe

Celebrations lift our spirits and make us happy. We’ve loved seeing iRise heroes faces every week celebrating joy and laughter. We celebrate milestones in life, but why wait for such momentous occasions? Let’s tonight go deeper into celebration. The beautiful things of everyday life can be an uplifting and awe-inspiring experience, if we allow them to be. A quick phone call or a cuppa with a friend, can bring joy and laughter, releasing negative thoughts and connecting us at heart level. Our capacity to celebrate is an important secret to developing a positive mental attitude.

Practicing the art of celebration can change our lives. Let’s celebrate ourselves, celebrate each other and laugh our way to joy and happiness.

Steph Mayo Facilitator Joyworks

Steph knows from personal experience that in times of stress and uncertainty self soothing activities, in communion with others, help us not just to survive, but to thrive. For over 20 years she had been privileged to enjoy beautiful relationships across a broad range of work environments in the varied fields of social work, adult education and counselling, group work and Yoga.

Ten years ago, she was delighted to train as a Laughter Yoga Leader with Sharon Miller, and this allowed a shift in perspective to a more light-hearted and relaxed approach to work and life. A year later she trained in the Joyworks method and is a much treasured, gifted and compassionate facilitator we are blessed to have on our team.

Steph also facilitates gentle yoga groups with folk of all ages and ability levels and she is passionate about helping people to honour, respect and playfully enjoy being in their bodies. Running intergenerational drama groups in Care Homes, offering Reiki and energy healing, laughter yoga and gentle massage. This work has given her access to inspiring spaces where she has been able to witness the resilience and courage of the precious souls she has been privileged to work alongside.

Testimonials From Happy Laughter Workshop Attendees

Sharon – I love your contagious energy & fun! I always feel better after the zoom and takeaway ideas for bringing more fun & joy into my life!

” I’m grateful for you! You are a blessing to many.”

Thanks Sharon! You are amazing! So grateful for you teaching me about laughter yoga! I’ll be using it for the rest of my life probably!

I feel so lucky that you are hosting these laughter workshops. Your laughter resonates with me for the rest of the day

Who Is Sharon Miller?

Sharon is the founder of Joyworks, and is an experienced Yoga Laughter instructor and trainer, and will talk about how laughter and self-love are interconnected. You’ll leave feeling celebrated, energized, positive and closer to others, with lots of practical take-aways on how you can improve well-being for yourself and others. Come laugh like you’ve never laughed before for laughter truly is the best medicine!!

What goes on in a laughter workshop

We use a powerful concoction of exhilarating games, creative play, discussion, relaxation and ‘laughter yoga’ which is based on mime and play. This encourages everyone to join in.

A laughter event from Joyworks is a unique way to inspire people to do things a little differently. In a short space of time participants can’t help let go of inhibitions and embrace care-free fun. The highly interactive sessions are facilitated as a group with music . Over the years we’ve developed our own inimitable, acclaimed house style. Laughter yoga is interspersed with creative whole group playmaking, games,  creative thinking and group philosophical discussion, breathing, relaxation techniques and dance. Events are peppered with interesting sociological and scientific facts on happiness. We are leading trainers in Laughter Therapy in the UK and have extensive experience across the globe in the health, education and corporate world working with all ages and backgrounds. An uplifting, energising and reflective event participants leave feeling open minded, de stressed and be reminded that perception is everything.  

~It produces the feel-good brain chemicals, endorphins. These accelerate the body’s healing process and act as a natural painkiller.

~It decreases the stress hormone, cortisol.

~It gives a cardiovascular workout and helps tone muscles.

~It increases Natural Killer Cells (NK) and T cells. This helps fight potential viruses and tumours.

~It improves respiration and circulation.

~It helps boost our immune system (by 40% in one experiment) and oxygenates the blood and major organs.

~It unleashes inhibitions and breaks down barriers.

~It is a great team building tool and encourages communication. It encourages positive thinking and creativity.

~It relaxes and energises.

Have you heard the phrase “laughter is contagious”? Well, it’s true. At the start of a workshop, you might not feel like laughing. That’s why we begin by using a proven uplifting concoction of games and laughter yoga. Eventually, alongside everyone else, you find yourself actually laughing naturally and contagiously and leave feeling good about the world and its people. The good news is your body and mind can’t even tell the difference between real and pretend laughter. So even if you pretend at first you’ll still receive all the benefits and it always overflows into hearty and contagious belly laughs. Remember how good that feels?

Yes for a limited time!

Approximately 45 minutes

Yes you can. Sharon hosts the workshops in such a way that people with different energy levels are able to join and still get a lot out of the event.

Unfortunately we don’t offer recordings as these types of events are best attended live, and we are committed to honouring the privacy of attendees.

The Laughter Workshops take place every Friday at 10am PDT | 1 pm EDT | 6pm UK | 7pm Europe at

Absolutely, the more the merrier!