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Lotus Survival Foundation to Hold Laughter Yoga Workshops for Bilingual Instructors

Certified Breast Cancer Survivor instructor will provide yoga therapy to local Hispanic community

Raleigh, N.C., February 7, 2012 Lotus Survival Foundation, a local nonprofit focused on providing education, resources and support to those who have been affected by breast cancer, will be conducting Asi Me Rio (This is how I laugh)Certified Laughter Leader Training laughter yoga workshops this Friday and Saturday. The workshops, funded by the Yoplait/Komen Fund, will train 14 individuals to become bilingual laugher yoga instructors, who will in turn be able to reach more Wake, Durham and Orange County breast cancer patients in the Latino community.

“Latino families face disproportionately high rates of breast cancer due to a variety of factors, said Claudia Aguirre,” founder of Lotus Survival Foundation. “By training bilingual laughter yoga instructors, we are giving the Latino community access to culturally competent resources to aid them and their families in the healing process of going through breast cancer.”

During the course, participants will acquire the basic facilitation skills of how to lead a group of people through simulated Laughter Yoga and Laughter Meditation techniques developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, including skills of converting simulated laughter into real infectious and spontaneous laughter without using jokes, comedy or humor. The practice of laughing yoga was developed in 1995 in response to the various studies prescribing laughter as a viable alternative medicine for wellness, producing great physiological and psychological benefits including alleviated physical pain and an expedited recovery.

Following the two-day training program, the newly-certified bilingual laughter yoga instructors will begin conducting free laughing yoga sessions throughout Wake and Durham counties, which are the counties in North Carolina with the largest Hispanic population (based on the 2012 United States Census Report). Individuals interested in signing up to participate in the sessions can visit to see available dates.

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About Lotus Survival Foundation

Lotus Survival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education, resources and support to those who have been affected by breast cancer. Founded in 2012 by breast cancer survivor Claudia Tovar de Aguirre, the organization focuses on the concept of “mind, body and soul,” providing breast cancer patients and survivors with the tools and techniques to manage their personal and professional lives. Lotus Survival Foundation’s group healing retreats offer members and their guests the opportunity to grow and learn from one another’s experiences in dealing with the disease. For more information, call 888-545-3128 or visit

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