Laughter yoga was developed in Mumbai, India in
1995 by Dr.Madam Kataria, a qualified medical
doctor and his wife Madhuri, a yoga teacher. Dr.
Kataria recognised that people were laughing less,
more stressed and less playful, and that laughter
had significant health benefits. Laughter yoga
is being taught in 65 different countries and
there are many laughter clubs.
Laughter Yoga is a group session of aerobic activity
which turns fake laughter into real laughter.
It consists of hand clapping rhythms, breathing
exercises from yoga, and playful laughter exercises.
The brain cannot differentiate between fake laughter
and genuine laughter, and provides benefits of
In a group, laughter becomes contagious and the
participants gain the benefits, which are well
BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER
Reduces stress and tension
aerobic exercise and increases oxygen supply
to the brain
endorphins which help us feel good
calories and stabilises blood sugar
the immune system
blood pressure and produces a feeling of relaxation
Laughter contributes to our resilience –
the ability to bounce back from daily stress.