May 20 & June 24 Laughter Yoga at the Museum

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May 20 & June 24 Laughter Yoga at the Museum
May 20, 2013 10:00 am
May 20, 2013 11:00 am
$5 members, $8 non-members
Asheville Art Museum
Asheville Art Museum
2 S.Pack Square, Asheville, NC, 28801, United States

Asheville Art Museum hosts Laughter Yoga in celebration of new exhibition: PLAY

May 20 & June 24, 2013 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The Asheville Art Museum invites members and visitors to enjoy a new public program, Laughter Yoga, hosted by the Museum on May 20 and June 24 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Museum’s East Wing gallery. Admission to attend Laughter Yoga is $5 for Museum members and $8 for non-members.

What better setting for laughter yoga than alongside works of the new Museum exhibition, PLAY? Lisa Harris, LCSW and a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader will lead class participants through an hour of laughter games and yogic deep-breathing methods. This non-traditional yoga focuses on movement, relaxation and play. It is recommended that guests bring a yoga mat; chairs will also be provided. Advance registration is recommended; call 828.253.3227 or visit the Museum’s front desk.

About Laughter Yoga:

Laughter Yoga was founded in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian medical doctor from Mumbai, India, who started with five people laughing together in a park. The practice has grown to over 6,000 Laughter clubs in 60 countries. Dr. Madan Kataria views laughter as a way to promote health and human connections.

According to instructor Lisa Harris, “it’s been discovered that even when we laugh ‘for no reason’ we feel happier, more relaxed and less stressed.  Because our body and mind do not ‘know the difference’ between forced laughter and natural laughter, we do not need a reason to laugh in order to have the proven medical and mental health benefits”. For more details on Laughter Yoga visit:

This public program is hosted in conjunction with new Museum exhibition, PLAY, opening in the Museum’s East Wing on Friday, May 17 with a reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (free with membership or regular Museum admission). As the name suggests, PLAY explores themes of leisure, play and creativity and includes many works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection. More details about the exhibition can be found at