What is LAUGHTER YOGA?

Laughter Yoga is a body-mind-spirit practice of unconditional laughter that combines gentle stretching, yoga-type breathing and playful laughter exercises to enhance our emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

Why not use jokes?

Jokes are dependent on individual humor and don’t necessarily make everyone laugh.  Unconditional laughter can be done anywhere, anytime and with any group of willing participants. Jokes elicit a 2.5 second laugh on the average, whereas laughter exercises continue for 40-60 seconds or more. It’s a robust physical and emotional workout.  Jokes empower the comedian.  Laughter Yoga empowers the participant.

What are the benefits of unconditional laughter?

  • Immune System Boost
  • Brain Stimulation
  • Cardiovascular Workout for the heart
  • Strengthening of the Lungs and Respiratory passage
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Massage to the Internal Organs
  • Pain reduction
  • Toxic Cleanse to the Body
  • Stimulation and Relaxation of the Muscle System
  • Oxygenation of the body for more energy
  • Reduction of Stress
  • Psychological Boost
    (melts away anger, irritation and depression; creates joy and hope; fosters a positive attitude; enhances confidence and bonding with others, enhances ability to deal with challenges.
How did Laughter Yoga begin?

    The Laughter Yoga movement began in India on March 13, 1995 when Dr. Madan Kataria gathered five people in an outdoor park to “laugh for no reason”.  As a physician he understood the immense benefits of laughter, noticing that his patients who healed the fastest also laughed the most.  He developed a method of organized laughter that has spread around the world.

    Where can I learn more?

    Laughter Yoga International:  www.laughteryoga.org
    World Laughter Tour:  www.worldlaughtertour.com