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with Sampada Desai, RYT 500, LPC, Laughter Leader, M.A.

Has the stress of daily living begun to keep you from living a joyful life? This experiential workshop provides a safe, nurturing, and playful environment in which you will learn and practice life-affirming ways to honor and celebrate your life through yoga and meditation.

Interweaving her skills as a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and laughter leader, Sam will help you re-discover your radiant, joyful heart. Practice ways to overcome discontent or anxiety that may have reduced your happiness, no matter what their origin.

Like a wise, compassionate friend, she will teach several highly effective practices that promote joy, personal empowerment, and the ability to laugh, sing and dance with the flow of life.  


I have been in workshops before with Sam and had an idea of what to expect. My expectations were definitely met. Sam is very knowledgeable and experienced and teaches with great warmth —JoAnn Whiteley, Program Participant

Sam is great– quirky, happy energy, totally unassuming and open which was much appreciated. She managed to make the group feel very cohesive —Program Participant

Official times for check-in: 4 pm and check-out: 2 pm 

About the Instructor

Dissolving BarriersSampada Desai is a licensed professional counselor with training in clinical psychology and over 25 years of clinical experience.  She currently works as a psychotherapist at Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia, and maintains a private practice at her agency, Desai Counseling and Yoga. Sam is also an experienced Yoga teacher and laughter therapist.  

Born and raised in India, Sam brings to her workshops a unique blend of Western psychology and Eastern mindfulness approaches like Yoga, including  meditation, deep relaxation, healing imagery, and conscious breathing.  A talented, engaging and joyful speaker, Sam has given numerous talks on personal enrichment and wellness for over 20 years.