Laughter Yoga is an innovative health and wellness practice in which anyone can laugh heartily without relying on jokes, humor or comedy. The concept is based on scientific knowledge that the body cannot differentiate between real and self-stimulated, or faked laughter — both forms of laughter generate physiological and psychological benefits. During a Laughter Yoga session, participants initiate laughter as exercise in a group setting, and through eye contact and a sense of playfulness, the laughter soon becomes contagious and genuine. Laughter Yoga is not postural yoga and requires limited physical ability, only a willingness to laugh. The practice is called Laughter Yoga because laughter exercises are interspersed with gentle yogic breathing and stretching exercises. The breathing deepens the laughter and enables participants to take in more oxygen to better support optimal mental and physical functioning. Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician founded the Laughter Yoga movement in 1995. The concept is now practiced in over 80 countries worldwide.

The motion of laughter creates joyous emotions.

Did you know that laughter counts as exercise?
Laughter Yoga is a complete mind and body workout that engages all of the senses. Laughter Yoga is an inclusive practice of sharing smiles, eye contact, and physical engagement with others to foster community and cultivate a joyous state of mindfulness free from stress, tension, and worry.

This innovative concept has been featured in publications such as TIME Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Daily Telegraph (UK), to name a few. Laughter Yoga has also appeared on Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC news, CNN, ZDF (Germany ) NHK (Japan), and other TV networks.