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About Laughter Yoga and Laughter Clubs

 

Laughter Yoga was developed in Mumbai, India in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, a qualified Medical Doctor and his wife Madhuri, a yoga teacher. Dr. Kataria recognised that people were laughing less, were more stressed and less playful, and that Laughter had significant health benefits.

Dr. and Madhuri Kataria have since travelled to 42 countries to teach Laughter Yoga. There are now over 6,000 Laughter Clubs around the world in 70 counties. Laughter Yoga was introduced to Perth by Dr. Kataria in 2000 and the Perth Laughter Club has run continuously for 16 years! We now have Laughter Clubs around the metro area and in the country.

What is Laughter Yoga?

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 the benefits of laughter anyway. In a group, laughter becomes contagious and the participants gain the benefits, which are well researched.

Benefits of Laughter

  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Provides aerobic exercise and increases oxygen supply to the brain
  • Releases endorphins which help us feel good
  • Burns calories and stabilises blood sugar
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure and produces a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing
  • Enhances relationships, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
  • Laughter contributes to our resilience – the ability to bounce back from daily stress

Laughter is one of the most cost-effective remedies for stress reduction, boosting the immune system and contributing to health and wellbeing.”



Check out the Videos page to learn more.

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