Laughter & Breath

Have you ever laughed so hard that you can’t breathe? Your stomach aches, tears are rolling down your face, and your body is hunched over as you gasp for air!

Robert Beck examines the link between laughter and breathwork.

Laughter is good for you! My theatre company Oop-La! dedicates itself to making people laugh and spreading joy through stupidity. Image by Angus Stewart.

It is a fact, almost universally agreed, that laughter is good for you. Little is known about exactly why we laugh. It’s an automatic reaction to external stimulus. In a similar way to the way we might gasp when we see something shocking, we laugh when we see something that amuses us. It is often something that we cannot control. How many of us have got a case of the giggles at the most inappropriate of times? I remember vividly being stuck down by uncontrollable laughter when I was being told off at school. Something about my teacher’s red face as he yelled at me was really, REALLY funny! Laughter can get us into trouble but it feels so good to do.

Laughter is linked to endorphins in our brain that appear to be released when we see something that tickles us. Like when you eat a good meal or exercise, chemically, laughter makes us feel better. I guess what I’m trying to say is that laughter is a natural high! Therefore, much like breathwork, a regular practice of laughter can be of real benefit to your health. In fact, it is having a breathwork practice and an awareness of my breath that has made me all the more appreciative of the power of laughter.

I am a clown. I don’t juggle or walk on a tight-rope. However, I do make a habit of trying to make people laugh. Sometimes more successfully than others! Here again, breath is incredibly important and inextricably linked to laughter. In order to make people laugh, I have to be aware of my body and my breathing. As many performers will attest to, before I go on stage I steady my breathing and centre myself. Maybe I’ll do a few sun salutations and a stretch or two. I focus on my breath making sure that I am taking on enough oxygen so that I feel ready to go out on stage and make my audience keel over laughing!

I am a clown! I make a habit of trying to make people laugh.

A large chunk of my clowning is done through lip-synch and, once again, in order for this to work, I have to be aware of my breath. When I learn a track, I listen carefully to the speaker’s breath. Do they breathe deeply or do they grab short little breaths as they speak? Breathe is linked to posture and, therefore, once I understand how the character breathes I can begin to understand how they may stand, move, and interact with the world around them. I approach lip-synching as if it were really me saying the words. When I lip-synch a song I imagine I am really about to sing. Where are the pauses for breath and how do they affect my performance. Breath is the key to an accurate lip-synch.

I feel the same way after a breathwork session as I do after I have been laughing. I’m a bit spaced out, my body feels a little weird and I may well have been crying. However, I also feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted, and I’m ready to face the world anew. I owe a lot to breathwork and I owe a lot to laughter. Both have helped me through some difficult times and both continue to aid me in my personal growth and that’s no joke!

I owe a lot to breathwork and I owe a lot to laughter. Both have helped me through some difficult times.

Robert (Bubbles) Beck is urbanLIFECLASS’ group PA and administrator. He trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Advanced Theatre Practice. He has also trained with the eminent clown master, Philippe Gaulier. He will be performing in the show ‘Encore, Encore!’ at Camden People’s Theatre on 24th March as part of Sprint Festival. Tickets available here: http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/encore-encore/

For more information on his theatre company Oop-La! visit: http://www.ooplatheatre.co.uk

Fore more information on his work with urbanLIFECLASS check out his page: http://www.urbanlifeclass.me/theteam/robert-beck/


Mo Haque ‘Cancer Recoverer’, rates Breathwork as a regular practice for healing and emotional release.

Mo Haque returns to ITV London News 18 months after crowdfunding for immunotherapy cancer treatment, sharing his incredible progress. He also shares an exclusive cover for his book ‘Choosing To Stay: How Cancer Gave Me My Life Back’ – For more information about the book visit https://mohaque.com

Mo Haque writes 

I began Evolutionary ‘Rebirthing’ Breathwork for the first time in March 2016, a time when my terminal cancer was growing and spreading, a time when the NHS decided against funding a breakthrough immunotherapy treatment for me.

Fundraising a total of £200,000 was a daunting prospect, yet it was my last resort to give myself a chance to live. With help from family, friends and strangers, we raised close to £190,000 allowing me to have a year of immunotherapy treatment. My tumours have subsequently reduced and 6 months on from stopping the treatment (May 2017), the tumours have been stable thankfully.

David Parker’s UrbanLIFECLASS breathwork groups have been an integral part of the process for me. I have been attending every single month which allows me to explore themes that I have been suppressing over the years, whilst learning and integrating new behaviours. Behaviours such as asking for help, receiving help, saying no, establishing and maintaining boundaries.

The sessions also allow me to make sense and feel the emotion from my most recent struggles and release any build up, as and when they occur. They also allow me to acknowledge my successes and encourage me to remember to do things I enjoy even if that means ‘doing nothing’, rather to purely just be. But perhaps more crucial is the learning that I get from hearing other peoples shares.

With individual work with David, I have also found that my creativity has flourished and opportunities continue to open up, since attending regular sessions, like writing my book; Choosing To Stay: How Cancer Gave Me My Life Back, published in the forthcoming year 2018.

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I have spoken in Parliament, been on TV several times and being invited to speak on various stages to share my story. I have also been getting involved with different cancer communities and charities contributing to publications, policy documents as well as attending Government meetings.

I continue to take one day at a time, whilst holding an intention to serve and share. The breathwork is a reminder to stay present and live in the moment whilst being mindful of the 4 P’s of destruction; Procrastination, Perfectionism, Projection and People-pleasing.

Breathwork practice has become a staple part of my monthly self care. 

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www.mohaque.com 

 

New urban LIFECLASS TEAM Member : Luisa Bradshaw – Breathwork Practitioner & Team Co-Leader.

 

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After instigating URBAN LIFECLASS 4 years ago, as Not-For-Profit, Luisa will initially support me as she is a Breathworker, trained by Diana Roberts, taking the weight off my shoulders, as well as assisting on group work and seminars, coming up with ideas, & new directions using her well-honed skills. #BREATHE 

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Hi, I’m Luisa, now 42 and live with my partner Annette and our two lively teenage children!!  I have been an actor for 30 years but acting has never been enough for me, I have always wanted more! 

After discovering breathwork and becoming completely fascinated and hooked on the process I trained as a Professional Breathworker in the early ‘noughties’ with wonderful Diana Roberts, a pioneer in the late seventies of the perinatal ‘conscious connected breathwork’ Rebirthing technique in the UK. 

At the time I was soul searching and trying to sort my own issues out. I would like to say I have done that now, but I know it never really ends does it? However I am no longer searching, just being and doing, living in process as healthily as I can. Progress not perfection.    

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Whilst training with Diana I did a weekend Relationship Workshop with David Parker, in which we breathed to Barbara Streisand!!!  . . . not the usual meditation tracks, suffice to say I never forgot him!!! 

I really connected to breathwork with music and always wanted to pursue this path in my own practice. So I am really looking forward to working alongside David, and learning from his wealth of knowledge and finding out more how I want my own personal individual breathwork style to be.

Experientially, I have come through the other side of past trauma and now mostly live my life in a state of joy. Joy I purposely seek every single day of my life.

Sometimes it is there shining down at me when I wake up….other days I use every tool I know to find it! I am also interested in using essential oils and different styles of music and sound vibration to compliment the breath work.

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The core of Urban Lifeclass’s mission – to support those living and working in a creative sphere – fits like a glove, so expect to see me assisting, learning, breathing, co-leading and supporting the team with experience, connection and JOY.

One Day London Breathwork Seminar LOVE UNLIMITED @Angel N1 venue London. Sunday February 12th 2017 11am-7pm. #LOVEIN

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They say you can’t give away what you haven’t got. Expecting LOVE from others when you can’t give it to yourself, is like driving a car without lessons – straight to A&E with codependent concussion. WAKE UP! Don’t short change yourself.

r-887797-1169495706-jpegAs many of our participants know LOVING YOURSELF is an ongoing process, it only take a stare, a rejection or a criticism to send us back to square one. So it makes sense to keep a check on those coda characteristics that send us into a spin but thankfully that old adage FEELINGS AREN’T FACTS rings true and we realign.

During the day we will explore LOVING YOURSELF MORE  – in or out of a relationship, ROMANTIC TYRANNY and SERVING YOURSELF into spirituality, gifts to give yourself plus releasing people pleasing, projection and perfectionism. We will also be BREATHING to the music of Barry White, no tingly bells, waterfalls on this one, so get that karaoke voice in fine fettle. Become your own VALENTINE.

images-1At the end of the day we BREATHE together in a GROUP, experiencing EVOLUTIONARY ‘Conscious Connected’ BREATHWORK – alone with your breath, your fears, your strengths and any spiritual source you choose. Learn to create your path and walk it. Conscious Connected Breathwork  detoxes and releases long held trauma. YOU deserve to be renewed, refreshed and rebirthed. Check out testimonials and blogs on this site.

WELCOME too if you are new to Personal Development, Groupwork or Breathwork. We don’t do special languages, New Age stuff or talking sticks. Other groups do those things so much better than . We are just a bunch of creative people willing to change habits, addictions and depleting toxic relationships from our lives.

If you are new, one of our team can contact you if you wish to answer questions. We don’t sell anything, or sign anyone up, we leave the choice up to you. You don’t need to be Creative, just willing to check out your life and how you can change the impact of all your relationships.

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This Seminar is open to only 12 participants + assistants and trainer DAVID PARKER – 345 CITY ROAD LONDON EC1 1LR – ANGEL tube Northern Line BANK

10501688_302332539936610_6051405388470842940_n£70 for the whole day 11am -7pm including a GROUP REBIRTH SESSION ( some bursary concessions are available for £50 if in financial difficulty) Delayed/part payment will be individually considered.

BOOKING : Contact Robert Beck urbanlifeclass@gmail.com (+44) 7913862492 for payment options or David Parker 020 7388 3109 Enquiries.

Our NEXT ONE DAY SEMINAR is Sunday 21st May 2017 – We also have 3 EVENING BREATHWORK GROUPS a MONTH at a different venue. Contact us to book.

NEW VENUE – One Day London Breathwork Seminar HOME ALONE @Angel N1 Sunday October 16th 2016. 11am-7pm

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Are you still an Adult latch-key kid? . . . feeling the pain of fending for yourself, being abandoned or as an adult abandoning yourself from success or serenity ? . . . . Being LEFT ALONE can bring up the ‘hebbie-jeebies’ for many, while others bathe in the freedom to do what the heck they like. Childhood games can create a blueprint for who you are in adult relationships, how you respond to anxiety, choices and being rescued from fear, and as many know, rescuing others is safer than rescuing yourself. Successful relationships depend on interdependence, quality time alone and appropriate boundaries.

6144808577_10578837cc_bThis One Day Seminar – in a new venue for us – 3 mins walk from Angel Tube – explores Loneliness, Aloneness, Isolation and being sane with Self. Left to our own devices what comes up? Do we naturally trust a process or do we codependently need to be in control, needing to know what’s going on? 

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Or do you constantly worry about someone else? Codependent relationships are a type of dysfunctional helping relationship where one person supports or enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement. If you can’t help someones depression, for example, it’s easy to feel you are inadequate. If your partner needs ‘space’ does that plug you into inner criticism? Do you feel guilty if you leave a partner, or friends alone? 

travel-aloneDuring the day we will explore LOVING YOURSELF MORE and LOVING BEING ALONE – in or out of a relationship. At the end of the day we BREATHE together in a GROUP, experiencing EVOLUTIONARY ‘Conscious Connected’ BREATHWORK – alone with your breath, your fears, your strengths and any spiritual source you choose.  Learn to create your own path and walk it.

Conscious Connected Breathwork cleanses, detoxes and releases long held trauma. YOU deserve to be renewed, refreshed and rebirthed. Check out testimonials and blogs on this site.

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WELCOME if you are new to Personal Development, Groupwork or Breathwork. We don’t do special languages, New Age stuff or talking sticks. Other groups do those things so much better than us. We are just a bunch of creative people willing to change habits, addictions and depleting toxic relationships from our lives. If you are new, one of our team can contact you if you wish to answer questions. We don’t sell anything, or sign anyone up, we leave the choice up to you. You don’t need to be Creative, just willing to check out your life and how you can change the impact of all your relationships.

This Seminar is open to only 12 participants + assistants and trainer DAVID PARKER – 2000px-12_icon_B_(Hungary).svg345 CITY ROAD LONDON EC1 1LR  – ANGEL tube Northern Line BANK

10501688_302332539936610_6051405388470842940_n   £70 for the whole day  11am -7pm including a GROUP REBIRTH SESSION ( some concessions are available for £50 ) Delayed/part payment will be individually considered. BOOKING : Contact Robert Beck urbanlifeclass@gmail.com (+44) 7913862492 for payment options or David Parker 020 7388 3109 Enquiries. 

Our NEXT ONE DAY SEMINARS are Sunday 12th February and Sunday 21st May 2017 – We also have 3 EVENING BREATHWORK GROUPS a MONTH at a different venue.