About

About UnitedMind, Lotte Mikkelsen, Laughter Yoga

– the training and workshop company, and Laughter Yoga Training Centre
Laughter Yoga first appeared in 1995 when a Medical Doctor introduced the combination of playful laughter and deep breathing techniques. Since then Laughter Yoga has swept the world and now has a presence in more than 70 countries.

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UnitedMind was founded in 2002 and since then has delivered a large number of training courses and workshops to individuals and organisations in both public and private sectors.

The core of UnitedMind’s work is empowering people to embrace positive change and communication.

The vision of the company is to enrich people’s lives through laughter and joyfulness by providing a holistic platform for anyone to benefit from regardless of background, age, ability or perspective.

Milestones

In 2007 UnitedMind’s training programme took off and since then the company has become one of the most popular Laughter Yoga Training providers in the UK. There are many Laughter Professionals in the country offering laughter training but only few with the background and experience that is brought to the table by Lotte Mikkelsen and UnitedMind.

In 2008 UnitedMind founded the Telephone Laughter Club as a means to offer a life changing service to people across the UK.  People dial in Monday to Friday at seven in the morning to laugh for a full 10 minutes in order to harvest the full benefits of laughter. The story behind The Telephone Laughter Club is available to read on the UnitedMind website.

In 2009 UnitedMind became the number one provider of Laughter Yoga Leader Training in the UK with the highest number of newly trained Laughter Yoga Leaders venturing into the market of therapeutic laughter across the country.

In 2010 UnitedMind joined forces with The Regency Training Foundation, a local charity, to provide training programmes for the community in order to combat social exclusion.  Read the full story.

In 2011 UnitedMind teamed up with communications experts, Sole Developers, in North-East England to provide transformational communication workshops based on Gibberish and Laughter techniques – a unique way of empowering individuals as well as teams in sales department, management floors, marketing etc.

In 2012 UnitedMind became the first company in the UK to offer the Laughter Yoga Teacher training, previously only taught by Dr. Madan Kataria and appointed Master Trainers in the US.

The Laughter Yoga University development in Bangalore is requiring Dr. Kataria’s focus and attention and he is training and appointing key-people around the world to facilitate the Laughter Yoga Teacher Training. In the UK the training is solely delivered by Lotte Mikkelsen of UnitedMind.

In 2013 UnitedMind extended the Laughter Yoga programmes with a new and unique Laughter Therapy Facilitator Training, The Psychology of Laughter. This new programme focuses on the physhological aspects of laughter and brings in the physiology of laughter from a different angle than that of Laughter Yoga.

UnitedMind decided to extend the reach of The Laughter Club International (UK) and in 2013 arrangements were made to secure venues in both St. Albans and Peterlee for the expansion.

In 2014 UnitedMind organised the Advanced Training Day for Laughter Yoga Professionals with the Founders of Laughter Yoga International being the teachers for the day. The training day on 7 June kicked off the UK Laughter Festival.

Furthermore, UnitedMind organised the Laughter Flashmob in London together with Laughterlines Coaching.

In 2015 another milestone for UnitedMind was laid as the company organised the 20th Anniversary Laughter Yoga Conference in the UK. With international speakers and delegated from around the world attending this 3-day event.

In addition, the first Laughter Yoga Professionals’ meeting for planning and improving services in the UK was launched in London.

UnitedMind provides workshops, training, seminars and holistic therapies that make a difference to people and organisations.

Clients include organisations in the following sectors
  • private and public healthcare
  • banking and financial services
  • consultancy and professional services
  • retail and wholesale
  • IT and telecoms
  • housing associations
  • charity organisations
  • transportation
  • public services
  • education
Comments from past workshop attendees can be viewed on the Testimonies page.

UnitedMind work in accordance with the current legislation outlined by the government in order to comply with requirements for working with the public sector as well as private organisations, vulnerable adults and young people.

All of UnitedMind’s policies and procedures are available on request, these include
  • UnitedMind Terms and Conditions
  • UnitedMind Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders
  • UnitedMind Health and Safety Policy
  • UnitedMind Environmental Policy
  • UnitedMind Complaints Policy
  • UnitedMind Compliments Policy
Our continuity and strategy planning follows the guidelines set out by the British Standards.

Furthermore, UnitedMind is registered with the Information Commisioner’s Office (ICO) who outlines handling and safequarding of personal data, and data protection.

UnitedMind Ltd. is registered at Companies House registration number 6397996.

Lotte Mikkelsen

Lotte’s experience comes from more than 20 years of working for national and international corporations mainly in the IT sector.

Through her work in technical, sales and marketing environments she has gained experience in dealing with people and stress at all levels in any organisation.

Milestones

In 2002 Lotte completed her training as Holistic Therapist specialising in Reflexology, Reiki Healing, Crystal Healing and Personal Laughter for health and well-being. She founded UnitedMind in April 2002 as a laughter and holistic therapy providing organisation.

From early 2003 Lotte ran a daily laughter session on the phone with a friend and Laughter Colleague.

The background for this experiment was to fully experience and understand the benefits of laughter for no reason in order to promote the techniques to the general public and start transforming communities based on health, happiness and well-being.

Since 2004 Lotte has facilitated laughter workshops for team building, stress management, improved communication, motivation and confidence boosting. She has trained individuals and teams within organisations as Laughter Yoga Leaders and is, to date, the most successful Laughter Yoga Leader Training Teacher in the UK.

In 2005 the Laughter Club International celebrated its first anniversary.  Running a laughter club is an adventure that requires perseverence and stamina when scepticism is the top of the agenda. However, the years have shown that it is a worthwhile pursuit that makes a true difference to people who engage in laughter.

In 2006 Lotte was appointed Laughter Ambassador by Dr. Madan Kataria (Founder of the International School of Laughter Yoga) because of her work in promoting laughter for improving health and wellbeing throughout the UK.

The appointment in 2012 of Lotte Mikkelsen as Laughter Yoga Master Trainer for the UK is a great honour and a real quality mark on her abilities as Laughter Yoga Teacher and Facilitator. After succesfully spreading Laughter Yoga and teaching the techniques for more than 10 years it has been the next natural step on the journey to inspire positive and lasting change through laughter and joy.

In 2013 the UK saw a rise in the number of Laughter Yoga Teachers who started teaching the 2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Programme. Through her persistence and never-ending focus on bringing Laughter Yoga into the British households more than 60% of the newly trained teachers successfully started their training programmes within less than six months of their own training. Lotte aims to support and coach each teacher and leader who ventures through UnitedMind’s training programmes.

Being a Mumpreneur Award Finalist was another great highlight in 2013 when the ongoing support she provides saw her entered in the category of Best Interactive Business.

In 2014 Lotte moved to the North-East of England bringing renewed focus to the region in terms of spreading Laughter Yoga for health and happiness.

Whilst being based in the North-East adds more activities in this area it certainly also has meant an increase in Lotte’s workload and efforts in the South-East of England.

In 4th quarter of 2015 Lotte became a co-founder of the Expert Group was established with high-profile members to provide professional business services. The group serves as a mentoring and business coaching team for professionals who wish to launch a serious business based on Laughter Yoga and Therapy.

Laughter Yoga is for everyone and connects the whole of the UK in a healthy way that allows for people to experience personal and professional growth at work and at home through adding the therapeutic benefits of laughter to their own lives and the lives of others.

She is also a Member of FSB (Federation of Small Businesses), a Member of Guild of Holistic Therapists, and a Member of Society of Holistic Therapists and Coaches.

Lotte has been an Affiliate Member of the IfL (Institute for Learning) since 2010, and is Affiliated to the Dr. Kataria International University of Laughter Yoga.

Furthermore, she is a Member of the Hertfordshire Training and Development Consortium Management Committee.

Lotte’s ambition is to make therapeutic laughter and complementary therapy available to everyone.

Her compassion combined with her passion drives her work along with a meticulous delivery based on the deepfelt desire to make a difference in the world.
Today, she offers a broad palette of corporate services for wellbeing and happiness of individuals and organisations.

Comments from past course attendees as well as workshop delegates, Laughter Club and Telephone Laughter Club participants can be viewed on the Testimonies page.

Certifications and Memberships

  • ITEC Reflexology
  • Crystal Healing Practitioner (by Philip Permutt)
  • BSY Kinesiology
  • BSY Nutrition
  • SNHS Meridian Psychotherapy and EFT
  • SNHS Hopi Ear Candling
  • Dr. Kataria’s School of Laughter Yoga Leader
  • Dr. Kataria’s School of Laughter Yoga Teacher
  • University of Laughter Yoga Master Trainer
  • Laughter Network Laughter Facilitator Skills
  • The Gibberish Institute Gibberish
  • Reiki 4 Master Teacher (by Fiona Patten)
  • SNHS Life Coaching
  • SNHS Child Psychology
  • PTTLS Award
  • Sole Developers Emotional Intelligence

Continued Professional Development (CPD) is key to innovative training and delivery.

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