Laughter for Africa



Laughter for Africa

Creating Social Change Through Laughter



Message from the Founder of Laughter Yoga: Dr. Madan Kataria

Dear Laughter Friends,

Every first Sunday of May (1 May 2016) we celebrate World Laughter Day. This is a special day designated to build global awareness of health, happiness and world peace through laughter. On this day, Laughter Club members and their friends and families get together in important squares and public parks to laugh together for world peace.

Today, we are facing worldwide terrorism, natural disasters, global warming, bad economy and many other stressors. It has become almost a challenge to maintain a positive mental state. This is where Laughter Yoga helps. The unconditional laughter of Laughter Yoga has the power to change the inner chemistry and make us feel good inside. Once people feel good within, their perception of the outer world changes and they will contribute to world peace.

We believe that “When you laugh, you change and when you change, the whole world changes around you.”
The Laughter Club movement which started in Mumbai in 1995 has spread to 105 countries at present. Laughter is a universal language we all speak without any language barrier. These free social Laughter Clubs connect people from different cultures and countries and provide a social network of caring and sharing people.

Apart from social Laughter Clubs, Laughter Yoga is being practiced in companies, corporations, senior centers, schools colleges, universities, hospitals, fitness centers, physically mentally challenged organizations and prisons.

On the occasion of World Laughter Day, we strongly recommend that the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games should start with one minute of laughter. The athletes and people in the stadium, as well as the millions watching the live telecast worldwide should laugh together for world peace.

On this auspicious day, let us all stand for a minute and laugh heartily with our arms pointing skywards and send out positive vibrations of love and peace into the world.

Dr. Madan Kataria
Founder, Laughter Yoga International


What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is a simple, yet very effective body-mind technique that is scientifically proven to counter stress and boost the immune system. It is designed to teach the body to laugh without depending on comedy, jokes or humour.

Laughter Yoga is a combination of easy laughter exercises and simple breathing and relaxation exercises (derived from yoga). There is not other connection to yoga. No yoga experience is necessary. You can practice laughter yoga at any stage of your life! More info on how Laughter Yoga works.

The World-Wide Laughter Movement started in India in 1995 when Dr. Madan Kataria, a Mumbai physician, discovered the physical and psychological benefits enjoyed by his patients who had taken to heart his prescription for regular laughter. They were happier, healthier and more productive. With his wife, Madhuri Kataria, a yoga teacher, Dr. Kataria developed Laughter Yoga - which involves laughing for no reason at all. Laughter yoga is practice in more than 70 countries world-wide by thousands of people daily! Read more

Dr M Kataria

Corporate Laughter

Corporate Seminars & Team Building
Kick off your conference with a laughter session, or increase employee integration with an engaging, high-energy, high-impact team building workshop. We offer customised half-day, 1 day and 2 days workshops on Total Wellness, to specifically educate and address your employees on Wellness within the Workplace. Read more

Laughter Sessions
These short sessions can be a fresh alternative to a coffee break between programs at your conference, or an enthusiastic start to the training day. Sessions can be incorporated into workshops or the workplace on a regular basis to improve circulation, enhance humour in the workplace, decrease stress, improve networking, and help with overall sense of well being for participants. Laughter sessions also benefit school groups, work groups, health clubs, nursing homes, community groups, and other healthcare organisations. Read more.

Seminars & Workshops
We offer customised seminars and workshops on the Benefits of Laughter, as well as wellnesss related topics e.g. Exercise, Stress Reduction, the Relationship between Work & Play, etc. Read more


Laughter Training

1. Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training (CLYL)

Why not consider a fun career in health and wellness - become a Laughter Yoga Leader!

After successful completion of this 2-day course you will become an international Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL), able to:
- Lead laughter yoga sessions in social clubs, yoga & fitness centers, schools, seniors and in the workplace.
- Start and run social laughter yoga clubs.
- Help people to learn and practice laughter yoga.
- Offer public seminars on laughter yoga etc.
- For More Info: Download PDF document

Read more about all our Laughter Trainings here

2. Online Laughter Yoga Training

Living far away from any Laughter Trainings? We also offer this above Laughter Yoga Training as online - in the comfort of your own home.

Included are:
* Laughter Yoga Training Manual on CD (pdf document).
* Individual/Group Laughter sessions via Skype.
* Access to Laughter Yoga 40 Foundational Exercises.
* Laughter Coaching sessions via Skype (3 x 45 minutes).
* Laughter Audio files.
* Access to our Student Laughter Portal for a variety of training material.
* Laughter Yoga Leader Certificate.

3. Laughter Program: Continuing Professional Education

Enhance your existing knowledge of Laughter Yoga and learn from international Laughter Experts:-
* Learn how to laugh without using jokes, comedy or humour.
* Learn all about the benefits of Laughter.
* Listen to international Laughter Expert Interviews.
* Learn about the latest Scientific Research in the field of Laughter.
* Learn about the different applications of Laughter.
* Learn how you can bring Laughter into your profession or practise.

This Program includes:
* 5 x Laughter Expert Mp3 Interviews.
* 1 x Laughter Coaching session via Skype.
* Laughter Videos to understand what Laughter Yoga is all about.
* 1 x Laughter Ringtone (mp3).
* PDF documents on Laughter.

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher



Online Training


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Martin Combrinck
Dipl. Yoga Therapy
Cert. Laughter Yoga Professional & Coach

Martin Combrinck is the founder of Laughter for Africa and has trained personally with Dr. Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, in South Africa and in India. Dr Kataria is also the Patron of Laughter for Africa.

Martin has been conducting Laughter Yoga & Coaching seminars, workshops & training in South Africa since 2007 and his speciality is delivering Laughter to the Corporate World. He conducted the very successful online Laughter Summit in 2014 - bringing Laughter Experts together in an online platform.

Besides being a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher in South Africa, he is also an international registered and qualified Yoga, Relaxation and Meditation Teacher. He holds a degree in Psychology and is a Wellness Coach and Consultant.

Martin and his wife, Anne, started Ananda Sanga Educational Institute in 1996 and they teach yoga and related disciplines to national and international students.

Phone: +27 (21) 855-1470
Cell: 072 2297 454