Over the past 12 years Erika Ruiz has worked as a Recreational Therapist at an Adult Day Care Center in Miami, Fl her day to day interactions with seniors as well as elderly with limitations such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, had motivated her to seek alternative therapies to promote not only physical health but also mental health.
In 2008 Erika Ruiz received his certification Laughter Yoga Certified Leader (LYCL) from All Florida School of Laughter Yoga with Patty Darcy LY teacher in Largo, Florida. Erika Ruiz is currently Certified Hasya Yoga / Laughter Yoga Teacher (LYCT) directly trained by Dr. Madan Kataria, in Chicago, Illinois. She also holds a certificate as a HealthRHYTHMS ® Facilitator, from a recent course taken with Dr. Barry Bittman and Christine Stevens in Princeton, New Jersey.
In her experience both the Hasya Yoga/Laughter Yoga and HealthRHYTHMS ® are techniques that help in all our body's physiological processes and, among other things: promote the secretion endorphins, reduce stress, improve breathing capacity, relieve depression and anxiety and stimulate mental processes leading us to cognitive health and in return to enjoy a better quality of life no matter what age we may have.
Erika Ruiz is member of:
Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH)
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD),
American Senior Fitness Association (SFA)
Florida Association of Aging Services Providers (FAASP)
And is advocate for:
American Association of Retired Persons, AARP*
Florida Council on Aging (FCOA),
National Adult Day Care Association (NADS), National Coalition on Aging (NCOA), American Society on Aging (ASA) among others and has held leadership positions in Florida Adult Day Care Association and Miami-Dade Adult Day Care Association.
* Is also an active volunteer.
Erika Ruiz currently has several laughter clubs in the Miami area is a public speaker and does presentations at hospitals, libraries, churches, health & wellness centers, clubs, organizations and companies.
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