Online Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training – Fall 2024

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Learn How To Be Unconditionally Happy From The "Guru Of Giggling", The Founder Of Laughter Yoga

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.

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga was created in the mid-1990s by a Physician from India, Dr. Madan Katria with the support of his wife Madhuri Katria – a yoga teacher.

It is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (pranayama), and playful exercises and activities. Anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.

Laughter is initially simulated as a physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting playfulness. Laughter yoga has quickly grew as a grassroots social movement of independent laughter clubs, promoting the ideal of a non-political, non-religious, non-racial, non-threatening, and non-competitive voluntary (simulated) approach to laughter. It has spread to over 100 countries.

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.


Before the training begins, you need to have attended at least 1-2 Laughter Yoga sessions.

If you have not attended a Laughter Yoga session, you can join me in the monthly Free Laughter Yoga session. Otherwise, you can take a class in any other laughter yoga club in the city.

If you still can't attend two classes locally before the weekend training, you can try this phone laughter yoga club.

About the Facilitators

This training is presented by Centre for Mindfulness Canada. Facilitator for the weekend training is Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat, with guest presenter (Seia Roots) on Sunday afternoon.

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 UniversityLearn more.

Seia Roots

Guest presenter (Sunday afternoon): Seia Roots is Laughter Yoga Teacher, Laughter Wellness Teacher and Community Educator with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). With a lifetime passion for and dedication to expressive healing arts, Seia is delighted to share Laughter Yoga as a skill for improving and maintaining mental, physical, creative, and spiritual health and healing. Seia regularly attends and leads Laughter Clubs and sessions. You can reach Seia at

Here is what graduates have said about this online training:

I was pleasently surprised and the training exceeded my expectations. Kasim did a fantastic job creating a positive and safe environment that allowed us to have fun and gain confidence. Many many opportunities to practice leading, clear guidance, clear format and repetition have given me the confidence to go and lead laughter yoga sessions on my own. Thank you.

– Graduate from the online CLYL Training

This training was awesome ! I met some incredible people. Kasim create a safe place for us to share and to laught it out ! It was a dream came true for me to take that training and it was even better than I’ve imagined. Thank you Kasim for this kind and loving experience.

– Graduate from the online CLYL Training

Laughter Yoga Leader training was very uplifting and empowering. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to bring more laughter and joy to their own life and to the world.

– Graduate from the online CLYL Training

Kasim, you were fantastic, thank you! Your timing and pacing was perfect! Your energy remained elevated and you held my interest! I stayed interested the entire 2 days! I felt present throughout the training, and had so much fun learning, playing, imagining, pretending, laughing, and being part of the group! I learned about myself and am excited to create new neural pathways through regular laughter and childlike play! Thank you, Kasim!

– Graduate from the online CLYL Training

Continuing Education


This CLYL Training is recognized by Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga.  It is also recognized by the Canadian Yoga Alliance for 16 continued education credits under the Certified Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School Continuing Education (CYA-RYS-CE).

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Refunds for this CLYL Training are provided for cancellations made 8 days prior to the start date, less a $50 processing fee. After that, no refunds or credits will be issued unless it is due to an emergency or extenuating circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.

Also, on the off chance that the training is cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, registrants will receive an email to this effect no later than 7 days before the training.

How to Apply

To apply for this Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL) training please fill the form below.

Applications filled this month will be processed the first week on the following month.  You will then be notified of your application status. If you do not hear from us by then, please e-mail us at


Weekend of November 2-3 on Zoom (you will receive the Zoom link once your application has been accepted).

From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PDT every day.

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.

Program Fee

The fee for the course will depend on when you register.

Early Bird Fee: Until October 4th, 2024.

  • Individual tuition: $445 CAD total.

Regular Fee: After October 4th, 2024

  • a) Individual tuition: $559 CAD total.
  • b) If you miss the early bird rate, you can sign up with someone for the group rate (i.e., 2 or more people) and get 20% off the regular rate: $447 CAD each*

Are you a previously Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL) by us? If so, you can join us for the fun training weekend. The rate if you are a CLYL:

  • For Saturday only it is $150 total.
  • For both Saturday and Sunday, it is $222.50 total (i.e., 50% off the lowest tuition rate).
  • Note: Sunday only is not an option.

* Group Fee: Only applicable for two new registrants in the training (i.e., not a returning leader with a new registrant).