June 29, 2017

Valerie Sheppard

Valerie Sheppard, Sherpa of Happiness, is the co-creator of LaughFitTM. A former corporate executive on “radical sabbatical,” Valerie uses diverse knowledge from a multi-faceted career to help people from all walks of life create more peace, love, joy and freedom in their lives. As the Founder and CEO of Source Power™, Valerie consults with leaders through one-on-one and group coaching, workshops, tele-seminars and special events to help them create high-performance teams and highly successful organizations.

A professional improv comedienne, Valerie loves to share laughter. She was introduced to Hasya (Laughter) Yoga in 2010 when she brought in a master teacher to incorporate it into an all-day transformational workshop. She was immediately hooked, and soon after, joined the Laguna Beach Laughter Club. She experienced the powerful benefits of a routine practice of laughter yoga, and began thinking about ways to share it with others. The certification was a natural progression.

Remembering how much her various pre-sabbatical work environments could feel stressful and debilitating, Valerie decided to use here laughter experiences to make a difference in workplace culture. That’s how the Workplace Happiness Initiative and LaughFit were born. “There’s no reason to make everything at work so serious. Happiness leads to success. Laughter connects us to inner happiness. The laughter-at-work connection feels totally logical and fruitful!”

Certified Professionally Qualified to teach by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (equivalent to a Ph.D.), Valerie has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, and continues to guest lecture. She is a best-selling co-author with Greg S. Reid of “Everything is Subject to Change,” published in 2011 and a co-author and featured transformational teacher in “Amazing Woman: What’s Your Story?” by best-selling author Marsh Engle. Her own “Happy to Be ME!© Handbook” is expected to be released in April 2012.



Jeffrey Briar

Jeffrey Briar is the Director of the Laughter Yoga Institute based in Laguna Beach, California. An enthusiastic, articulate and engagingly positive teacher, Jeffrey is one of the leading American disciples of Dr. Madan Kataria, the world-renowned exponent of Hasya Yoga. He is also the founder of the first Laughter Club in the world outside of India to meet seven days a week. The Laguna Laughter Club has had more than twenty thousand participants, and has been featured extensively in both local and international press. Jeffrey is probably the most experienced Laughter Exercise Leader in the world outside Asia.

Jeffrey leads workshops in Hasya Yoga at yoga studios and retreat centers as well as corporate and community events. He certifies others as leaders and teacher-trainers in the Laughter Yoga/therapeutic laughter modality in two-day and five-day training programs.In addition to his work in Laughter Yoga, Jeffrey has over 35 years of experience as a teacher of traditional Hatha Yoga. He first studied under Swami Turiyananda (Director of the Integral Yoga Institute of Santa Cruz) and later taught on the staff of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Jeffrey also has more than 20 years of training in the Integral/Satchidananda, Sivananda, Kundalini, Iyengar and Ashtanga schools. He has led Yoga classes and master classes for teachers throughout the USA, Canada and Europe and is on the faculty of Irvine Valley College.Mr. Briar is an accomplished comedic actor who has performed throughout the United States and Europe on stage and screen. While Laughter Yoga does not involve traditional humor or comedy, Mr. Briar’s knowledge of the pure joy which laughter brings to audiences enhances his effectiveness as a speaker and brings another level of understanding as he guides others in the learning and practice of Laughter Yoga.

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