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What Is Laughter Yoga? The Founder Explains The What, How, And Why Behind Laughing As A Practice
Most of us know have heard that laughter is the best medicine. Watch this fun conversation with the founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria who started a worldwide movement. He is a medical doctor from Mumbai known as the 'Guru of Giggling' (London Times). Here we explore his story, the benefits of laughter, distinction of joy vs happiness and much more. Plus... there is a lot of laughter along the way, including some laughter exercises you can follow along and practice on your own or with friends and family.
The Difference Between Happiness and Joy - The Founder of Laughter Yoga Explains!
In some way or another, we all want to be happy. How we go about pursuing happiness does not always lead us there. What are we chasing after all? And, is there a different between happiness and joy? In this interview highlight with Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga, he explains the difference between the two. There is also a short one-minute laughter practice for world peace 🙂
About this Program
Would you like to become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader with Laughter Yoga International?
Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL)! Whether you plan to start your own Laughter Yoga Club, offer sessions in businesses and health centres, or share more laughter with friends and family, this weekend will immerse you in the joy of laughter.
Graduates receive a Certificate from Dr. Madan Kataria’s Laughter Yoga International. The training is presented by the Centre for Mindfulness Canada, North Vancouver.
At this two-day online training you will discover:
- Laughter’s physical, emotional and social benefits.
- How to simulate and stimulate laughter.
- Stress-relieving techniques that deepen creativity and build resilience.
- The philosophy and history of Laughter Yoga and fundamentals of leading a laughter session.
- How to lead your own community Laughter Club or Laughter sessions (healthy-workplace, healthcare, seniors etc.).
- Laughter yoga exercises that will bring more happiness and connection in your personal/professional life.
- How to connect people with optimism, health and healing through a wonderfully playful, scientifically-proven form of exercise.
About the Facilitators
Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat’s (PhD, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher) counselling background and interest in mental, physical and emotional wellness led him to Laughter Yoga in 2007.
He trained with Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, and became a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. Kasim has been running the Laughter Yoga certification training since 2011. His work in Laughter Yoga has caught the attention of media including North Shore News, Maclean’s magazine, Simon Fraser University News, Global BC Television, Vancouver Courier, and TELUS Optic TV.
Kasim is also a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Authorized MBSR Teacher Trainer through the Center for Mindfulness at Brown University.
We will be joined by Karen Daisa, a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader from California who is also a Yoga Therapist and a Neuroplasticity Rehabilitation Coach for Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) 😀
Free Online Laughter Yoga takes place on the fourth Monday of every month at 6pm Pacific Time (except in December)
Please note: The session time is in Pacific Time. The Pacific time zone encompasses western Canada, western United States, and western Mexico. To calculate your specific times zone: use this time converter tool.
FREE – or you can make a donation to a charity of your choice!
How to Apply
Pre-registration is required for every class. Please take a moment to fill the form below. You can invite guests too, but they need to fill the form ahead of time.
Registration closes one hour before the session.
Picture from waaaaaay back with Dr. Kataria (2011 Teacher Training)
Upcoming Laughter Yoga Leader Programs
Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader! Whether you plan to start your own Laughter Yoga Club, offer sessions in businesses and health centres, or share more laughter with friends and family, it will immerse you in the joy of laughter.