James Hazlerig Laughnosis & Hypnotic Story Telling


This three-hour training course introduces the principles and techniques of Laughnosis–the antidote to Chronic Seriosity, a condition also known as Fun Deficiency or Grumpy-Pants-Frowny-Face Syndrome.

So what can you get out of this course?

Hypnotists will experience how laughing on purpose can bypass the critical faculty. More than just useful as a type of induction, intentional laughter is a skill set rich with built-in health, social, spiritual, and professional benefits and lessons. 

Laughter professionals, including Laughter Yoga Leaders, will learn how to use hypnotic principles to enhance laughter sessions as well as how laughing can be used to benefit participants long after the physical effects of a laughter class have faded. 

Coaches, therapists, body workers, and other heart-centered healers will learn to add fun to helping and being helped. You’ll take away an understanding of how to intuitively improvise new techniques using concepts and exercises from Laughter Yoga. And you will increase your ability to ethically influence clients and patients using basic premises and language strategies of hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. 

This training course, available as either mp4 video or mp3 audio, covers the inside-out model of laughter, the mind/body science of unconditional laughter, the presuppositions of laughter in a therapeutic or coaching setting, concepts and techniques from the global Laughter Yoga movement, creating your own laughter techniques for changework, and adding joy to helping and being helped.

Here’s what you receive:

Module 1: What is Laughnosis?

Module 2: 7 Ways to Beat the Bouncer

In this module we learn seven categories of hypnotic induction, or ways to facilitate entering into hypnosis, with each category compared to a different way of persuading a bouncer to let you into a bar.

Module 3: Joyful Breathing

We learn about starting the day with intentional laughter, using the vowels of the English language to make laughter sounds; introducing the “smile string,” and discovering the various laughs that come from different parts of the body.

Module 4: Laughnosis For Stress

Laughter is a great stress-reliever, so we explore some of the stress reduction techniques from James’s book, The Little Book of Laughnosis, including Stress Ball Laughter, Bilaughteral Stimulation, Gibberish, and Laugh Talk.

Module 5: Neuroplasticity

Neurons that fire together wire together, so in this module, we hear the alarm clock story, the egg story, and how these convinced James that Dave had rewired his brain through the daily practice of intentional laughter.

Module 6: Laughnosis For Change

Because of neuroplasticity, laughter is a powerful tool for personal change. In this module, we learn specific exercises and techniques to use laughter to change our reactions, including Red Light/Green Light and Chore Laughter. James and Dave both tell about times when they used laughter as a kind of anchor collapse or swish pattern. Finally, we look at laughter as a panic attack intervention strategy.

Module 7: NLP Presuppositions, Part 1

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It is the study of the structure of subjective experience. NLP is also thought of as the language structure of hypnosis. The foundational concepts of NLP are referred to as presuppositions. These are ideas treated as true because it is useful to do so, even though the ideas can’t necessarily be empirically tested or scientifically proven. In this module, Dave and James review some of the most common NLP presuppositions.

Module 8: NLP Presuppositions, Part 2

Continuation of the discussion on NLP presuppositions, and quotes from hypnosis teachers Melissa Tiers and Richard Nongard. 

Module 9: Laughter Presuppositions, Part 1

Inspired by the NLP presuppositions, this module explores ideas about laughter that it is useful to treat as true, even though these ideas can’t be empirically tested or scientifically proven either.

Module 10: Laughter Presuppositions, Part 2

Continuation the discussion on presuppositions of laughter.

Module 11: The Art of Suggestion

When someone is hypnotized they’re more receptive to suggestions, but they will not do anything they don’t want to do, or which goes against their ethics or morals. That’s why it is important to know how to give suggestions effectively. This module includes instruction on the use of pacing and leading, being artfully vague, distinguishing direct and indirect suggestions, and using embedded commands. The bonus audio from Edinburgh is meant to be listened to following this module. There is also a corresponding .pdf to help you track the techniques and language patterns used in the audio.

Module 12: Yoga Nidra

The ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra is a process of scanning the body very similar to the progressive muscle relaxation induction used in hypnosis. Laughnosis recognizes that laughter itself is a way to enter hypnosis and so this final module looks at how the conclusion of a Laughter Yoga session (or other more traditional forms of yoga) represents an opportunity for the facilitator to deliver beneficial suggestions because people are primed and ready to receive them at that point.

Bonus Content:

This course includes several bonuses, including an audio recording of the Yoga Nidra session Dave led at the Edinburgh Laughnosis Training and a discussion of the same, along with a collection of audio recording highlights from a Laughnosis Training James did in Texas. We’re adding this bonus content for free, because you deserve it. 

Laughnosis Online Training Course with James Hazlerig and Dave Berman – $147 (AUD)

About Your Presenters

Dave Berman is an internationally recognized laughter expert, coach, hypnotherapist, author, and public speaker. He is best known for creating Laughter Yoga demonstration videos every day since the start of 2016. Dave has laughed with people in all 50 United States and more than 65 other countries. Dave’s innovative blend of methods lead to co-writing Laughter for the Health of It with Kelley T. Woods, and co-creating the Laughnosis curriculum with James Hazlerig. At the start of 2017 Dave began traveling the world teaching Laughnosis, Laughter Yoga leader trainings, and giving inspirational talks. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam while continuing a third year of Laugh of the Day videos, hosting daily laughter sessions on Skype, writing his next book, teaching, coaching and consulting. Dave received the honorary title of Laughter Ambassador from Laughter Yoga founders Dr. Madan Kataria and Madhuri Kataria. Get more info at http://DailyLaughers.com.

James Hazlerig, author of The Little Book of Laughnosis, is a hypnosis practitioner, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, and professional musician based in central Texas. He uses laughnosis principles with many of his clients and has incorporated Laughter Yoga in anger management classes taught at drug recovery centers. He is a noted hypnosis instructor for several schools, including the prestigious Hypnosis Practitioner Training Institute, as well as a presenter at multiple conferences.

Hypnotic Storytelling with James Hazlerig and Igor Ledochowski – AUD $77

Hypnotic Stories is your treasure trove of information and examples of spellbinding storytelling, primarily for growth and change work, but appealing to anyone who loves a good story.


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