Laughter for Africa



Laughter for Africa

Creating Social Change Through Laughter



Definition of Laughter Yoga?

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!

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


What is Laughter Yoga? - Dr Kataria: Founder
What Happens in a Laughter Yoga Session?

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 practices in more than 70 countries world-wide by thousands of people!

Some Laughter Yoga Benefits:

  • Laughter improve mental states.
  • It helps to overcome depression.
  • Laughter increases creativity, innovation and communication skills.
  • It improves self confidence and self esteem.
  • Laughter improves respiration, oxygenation and circulation.
  • It is a very good aerobic exercise.
  • Laughter reconnects people under a non-threatening, and non-competitive manner.
  • People who laugh often remain healthy, active and live substantially longer. More benefits

Science has proven that your body cannot tell the difference between pretend laughter and spontaneous laughter. So even if you pretend to laugh, your body experience the same physiological and psychological benefits as real laughter! Pretend laughter becomes genuine through eye contact and the contagious nature of laughter yoga.

Imagine! Laughing for no reason at all except the joy of improving your health and well-being. Today the movement has spread to more than 65 countries and 6000 laughter clubs world-wide!

What Happens in a Laughter Session?
A Laughter session consists of laughter exercises, breathing and stretching with laughter meditation. Sessions can be enjoyed by a wide range of age groups and physical capabilities.

Laughter Yoga has changed countless lives and has been introduced into fitness & yoga studios, schools, hospitals, aged care centers, hospices, orphanages, cancer treatment centers, prisons, sports coaching etc.

Many small and large businesses, government departments and police forces are introducing laughter yoga in the workplace. All are welcome to join our laughter sessions regardless of gender, age, physical abilities, social or economic backgrounds.

All you need to benefit from a laughter session, is a willingness to laugh. You do not need a sense of humour or any comedic ability. Bring us your body and we will make you laugh!

Dr M Kataria




Did You Know?

The average child laughs between 100 and 150 times per day?

By the time we reach adulthood we are reduced to laughing, on average, only 12 times a day! From this you can deduct what is missing in our lives - Laughter!

Laughter is a great way to build bridges and promote harmony and peace.

All in the spirit of Ubuntu! (Ubuntu as an African concept in which we are reminded that it is only through the health and happiness of others, that we can experience health and happiness).

Community laughter session
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Our Vision

Creating Social Change through Laughter - by spreading Health, Joy and Peace to All the People in South Africa!

Our Vision is achieved through the following:

* Laughter Yoga Training

* Corporate Laughter Service

* Laughter Clubs & Communities

* Buy Laughter Yoga Products


Last Updated: August 2015
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