Wellness Series: 6 Free Laughter Yoga Sessions

Want a little picker upper in the afternoons? Are you curious to learn about Laughter Yoga, a health craze around the world?  It is being practiced in senior centers and age care facilities, as well as in schools, colleges, hospitals, corporations, and factories. There are over 20,000 free social Laughter clubs in 110 countries.  Cupertino Library Foundation, Cupertino Library, and Santa Clara Library District together are bringing you a series of 6 free, weekly, interactive, guided Laughter Yoga zoom sessions starting August 5th, 2020.  Register for any or all sessions and explore ways to breathe, move, laugh and play. You will discover some fun and improve your wellness.

Laughter Yoga is not a comedy. It is an exercise program for health and well being. It combines laughter exercises with yogic (or diaphragmatic)  breathing techniques, without relying on  humor or jokes. It doesn’t involve any yoga poses, new skills, special clothes, special shoes, or equipment.  For centuries we have known the health benefits of laughter. Recent studies confirm that the body responds positively to the act of just laughing, whether or not from genuine feelings of joy. Some of the benefits of Laughter Yoga practice are better stress and anxiety management, pain management, and stronger immune system.

The Cupertino Library Wellness program continues to bring forth sessions to explore the “other half of wellness”, the half that the medical community leaves to you to do on your own.  The programs tend to be hands-on where you come away with helpful processes to improve your health.  From pain management to skin care, proper bowel health, meditation, cholesterol, and Alzheimer’s disease, and now Laughter Yoga, the Library is helping us learn to help ourselves.

Please tell your friends to register and attend any or all of these free Zoom events.

Last edited on July 21, 2020

Wellness program review: “Skin Care Secrets For Every Age”

By Helen Chao and Sunjin Chang
Monta Vista High School


On Sunday, July 29, the Cupertino Library and Cupertino Library Foundation presented a session on skincare in the Cupertino Community Hall, led by licensed cosmetologist Kokila Shah. The presentation, titled “Skin Care Secrets for Every Age,” started at 2 p.m. and concluded with an audience Q&A session.

Shah first started the presentation with a scientific description of skin itself, explaining terms such as “follicles” and “epididymis” and the formation of acne. She explained how acne is the buildup of dead skin and oil by the sebaceous gland until it seeps through the follicle and up to the surface. This may result in the formation of a blackhead, whitehead or pimple. If especially serious, Shah considers, antibiotics may be needed — but this is not for most cases or for those who wake up in the morning and look in the mirror for an unwelcome surprise.

“[There are] so many things going on like this,” Shah said, “that any [change] in your skin is a panic situation. So just relax.”


In order to fend against breakouts or simply soothe the skin, Shah recommends light exfoliation and a mask around once a week, for simply 5 minutes. This is a weekly routine that definitely can’t be skipped by anybody.

“[Masking] is distressing a lot [because it] takes care of all your needs of your skin, meaning cleansing, moisturizing, [cleaning] your dead skin, [cleaning] your pores, everything’s taken care of,” Shah said. “So I focus my whole energy into mask in my company, as it makes a simple routine for women. They have very stressful lives.”

For a DIY mask, one can use various foods such as avocado, honey, yogurt and banana, a list of ingredients that anybody could find in their kitchen. If one has flare-ups of acne, Shah recommends diluting a few drops of tea tree oil, which is antibacterial, and mixing it with some anti-inflammatory Aloe Vera juice. Community librarian Clare Varesio also appreciates Shah’s practical solutions and hopes the audience will apply her suggestions.

“You could do [this on] your own at home with things that are just already available to you,” Varesio said.

This is the third session of the Foundation’s Wellness program series, and two more scheduled for September and November. Shah was recommended to the Cupertino Library Foundation by another presenter, a former board member who is a registered dietitian and nutritionist and had known Shah for many years. According to Varesio, the board members considered skincare an interesting topic as it is something everyone must deal with and take care of throughout their lives. In fact, this was exactly the reason why audience member Pooja Sehgal came to the event.

“Usually you don’t go to [a] cosmetologist so this is something to start with, so that’s how I got interested,” Sehgal said.

When Sehgal came to the event, she wasn’t disappointed as she continued to learn new information she was never aware of before the session. What especially caught her attention was that Shah stressed the idea of home remedies for skin care rather than chemical products. As Shah had taken her time to answer everyone’s questions and concerns at the end of the session, Sehgal considered Shah an approachable speaker. In fact, Shah even offered samples of her skincare line after the session. Sehgal plans to attend the other wellness sessions in the future. However, Sehgal agrees that not many people are aware of the sessions and hopes that the wellness sessions will be promoted more in the future.

“You know it’s only because I follow the program very religiously so that’s how I know,” Sehgal said. “But maybe most people don’t know about it.”

Although Sunday afternoons are often busy for Sehgal, she decided to come after realizing that the session was on selfcare. However, Shah didn’t solely talk about physical selfcare, but also gave advice about keeping a positive mentality, such as the importance of being confident in one’s beauty even when aging. Shah urges people to discover and identify what makes them beautiful — it might be one’s hair, skin or something else entirely  — and to emphasize or “play on that” specific quality.

“As we age, we are more beautiful, we are more confident and we have a treasure of experience to give to people,” Shah said. “So every birthday is a blessing.”




A Natural Approach to Curing Cholesterol and Preventing Heart Disease – September 23, 2018



Presenting the fourth program in the Cupertino Library Foundation Wellness program series!

Dr. Ronesh Sinha, an expert on diabetes, cholesterol and heart disease prevention, has been seeing a local surge in the amount of individuals with cholesterol and heart disease issues at an early age. Our modern lifestyle habits are a primary cause. Dr. Sinha will focus on some of the following areas in his talk:

Cutting Edge: Latest science behind cholesterol and heart disease

Quantify You: Important labs and metrics to assess your own risk

Prescription Foods: Nutritional approaches that lower cholesterol and heart disease risk

Exercise Science: Time-efficient exercises and movements to improve heart health and lower risk

Sleep/Stress: The role of sleep and stress in heart disease and some simple tools and apps to help you find balance

Resources: High-tech tools and resources to help optimize health will be shared.

About Dr. Sinha

Dr. Ronesh Sinha, author of The South Asian Health Solution and 2-time TEDx speaker, is an internal medicine physician in Silicon Valley who works for Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation to lead their employer wellness program. He has designed successful health education and wellness programs for over 16 major Silicon Valley companies and developed a dedicated group consult practice geared to individuals with diabetes and other heart disease risk factors. His groundbreaking work in reversing diabetes in culturally diverse populations has received global attention with front cover stories in Fortune Magazine and the LA Times. He blogs actively at culturalhealthsolutions.com, and hosts a popular Bay Area weekly radio show on health. He is passionate about developing innovative, culturally tailored solutions to help diverse populations lead healthier lives.

Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00 pm, Cupertino Community Hall

All Grown Up: What Worked and What Didn’t – September 22, 2018

What could you do if you had hindsight on your side?

Sometimes you don’t have to follow the picture perfect version of success to reach your potential. Local Bay Area high school graduates and parents share what really helped achieve success and what they would have done differently.

Join us in the Social Room of the Quinlan Community Center on September 22nd.

It’s not too late to tell your family and friends! You can also submit questions for the panelists here: https://goo.gl/forms/lJG1M6FK4I27q4MX2
The Let’s Talk Education Education Speaker series is back in 2018, with relevant seminars concerning health & wellness, education, and success.

Skin Care Secrets for Every Age – July 29, 2018



Presenting the third program in the Cupertino Library Foundation Wellness program series!  Please join licensed cosmetologist Kokila Shah for this informative presentation on best practices for great skin care at every age!
Learn more about:

  • Beautiful skin tricks for teens
  •  Tips for young moms and moms-to-be
  • Healthy skin during menopause
  • Celebrating your skin as you age
  • Natural and homemade beauty products

About Kokila

Kokila Shah is a licensed cosmetologist who has been practicing skin care for over 30 years. She has actively been involved in educating skin care professionals in the US and India concurrent with the California School of Cosmetology guidelines. Most recently she has ventured into establishing her own skin care line which has adapted her belief in enhancing beauty by combining nature and science, providing her clients with utmost satisfaction.

Sunday, July 29, 2018 2:00 pm, Cupertino Community Hall