Laughter Yoga sessions at St Michael’s

Find out why laughter really can be the best medicine

If you’re up for a laugh, St Michael’s Hospice near Hereford is the place to be in the coming months.

The sound of a good titter, chuckle and giggle will ring out from the Hospice in Bartestree during Laughter Yoga sessions.

‘Laughter Yoga is a combination of laughter and breathing exercises which are good for the body, mind, spirit and soul,’ said Elaine Pawley, the Head Social Worker at St Michael’s who leads the sessions.

‘Research has shown that laughing frequently strengthens our immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain and protects us from the damaging effects of stress.

‘By seeking out more opportunities for humour and laughter, we can improve our emotional health, relationships with others and find greater happiness and contentment.

‘Participants from the first session last month described feeling more energised and lifted as well as finding it great fun.’

The next session is 29th April, followed by 27th May and 24th June – all Sunday’s from 11am – 12.30pm.

You may attend one session or as many as you wish.

The classes are free, with donations to St Michael’s Hospice appreciated. Places must, however, be booked in advance by emailing Elaine at