Connecting through laughter: An interview with Arturs Ivanovs

Not long to go now, so here’s another teaser to warm you up for TEDxSquareMile 2015 this Saturday. Here we talk to speaker and laughter yoga practitioner Arturs Ivanovs about how he connects through laughter…

1. Can you tell us a little about laughter yoga and what it means to you?

arturs ivanovLaughter yoga is a combination of laughter exercises and yoga deep breathing. It is a simple, fast, effective and powerful tool, which everyone can use to promote their good health and sense of happiness. Laughter yoga combines the art of laughing and science of breathing in playful and fun exercises.

Since I was a child I have always loved to make people laugh and really enjoy seeing people smiling and happy. My ultimate goal in life is to live 100 healthy and happy years. In 2013, I discovered Laughter Yoga and found it to be a simple and powerful tool to help me achieve this outcome.

Laughter Yoga has given me the opportunity to express myself professionally and to earn a living doing what I love. There is nothing else in my life which gives me the same pleasure as when I am leading a laughter yoga class or training my students and seeing them happy. It makes me feel very happy and blessed to do this job.

2. What is the link between laughter yoga and ‘Getting Connected’?

“Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal language connection”. – Yakov Smirnoff

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” – Victor Borge

Through laughter yoga, I have seen that joyful laughing is infectious and brings people together. I have witnessed the power of laughter connecting hearts.

3. What do you hope people will gain from hearing your talk?

I will share how laughter yoga has changed my life and how it can change other peoples’ lives. My aim is to give people a fast and easy tool that anyone can use to connect with themselves and with others. I will demonstrate how you can change your emotional state within a few minutes by performing laughter yoga exercises. My goal is to unleash the laughter giant within you for ultimate health and happiness.

4. What drew you towards speaking at TEDxSquareMile?

TEDxSquareMile is a great platform which positively impacts many people’s lives. It is a great way to inspire people and share ideas. I believe the topic ‘Get Connected’ is the perfect theme to share how laughter yoga encourages connection.

5. Apart from laughter yoga, what’s your favourite way to get connected?

I love anything that encourages real connections and causes us to use our human senses: touch, smell, sound and sight. This can be anything from laughing, singing and dancing to playing and experiencing nature.

6. Describe your TEDx talk in one sentence…

The demonstration of connection through the power of laughter.

Interview by Chris Glithero

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