LAUGHTER YOGA

Laughter Yoga Steps

0410 216 243

What is Laughter Yoga?


“Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outside”

- Norman Cousins, author of ‘Anatomy of an Illness’.


Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional laughter with yogic deep breathing (Pranayama), stretching and child-like playfulness, all whilst maintaining eye contact within the group.

Laughter Yoga is also the only technique that allows adults to achieve sustained hearty laughter without involving cognitive thought. It bypasses the intellectual systems that normally act as a brake on natural laughter.

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How Did it Start?

It started in 1995 in India by a medical doctor Dr. Madan Kataria whose own research into the benefits of 'laughter the best medicine' discovered that the brain cannot distinguish the difference between acted laughter and genuine, spontaneous, hearty laughter. His research was inspired by previous laughter pioneers such as Norman Cousins, author 'Anatomy of an Illness' and Stanford University Psychiatrist Dr William Fry, amongst many others.

Dr. Kataria field tested his research findings on the general public in a local Mumbai park and the first 'Laughter Club' was born. There are now over 5000 Laughter Clubs internationally.

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What Are The Benefits of Laughter?

Research studies have proven laugher to have a postive effect on the cardiovascular and respiratory system (similar to exercise). Dr. Fry showed that hearty genuine, laughter causes our brain to produce endorphins as a part of our natural relaxation response, which reduces pain and increases pleasure in the body. Thereby promoting feelings of optimism, happiness, relaxation and social connection and bonding. All of these help to maintain a healthy immune system and reduce stress in the mind and body.

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What Can You Expect In A Laughter Yoga Giggleshop

The Giggleshop starts with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, chanting, clapping and body movement. The body movement is important as ‘motion creates emotion’. These help to break down inhibitions and develop feelings of child-like playfulness. Breathing exercises are used to prepare the lungs for laughter, followed by a series of ‘laughter exercises’ that combine the method of acting and visualisation techniques with playfulness. These exercises, when combined with the strong social dynamics of group behaviour, lead to prolonged hearty unconditional laughter. In between each exercise deep breathing and stretching is done to open up the lungs to allow the body to take in more oxygen and help stretch out muscle tissue in the body.

The Giggleshop finishes with a ‘laughter meditation’. This is a session of unstructured laughter whereby participants either sit or lie down and allow natural laughter to flow from within them like a fountain. This can be a powerful experience that leads to a healthy emotional catharsis and a feeling of release and joyfulness that can last for days. The laughter meditation is often followed by a guided relaxation meditation.

A Giggleshop runs for 90 minutes but can be modified to suit your audience.

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Can Anyone Participate?

Generally yes, although being a form of exercise some physical strain and a rise in intra-abdominal pressure is involved and this may not suit everyone.

Also, it may not be suited for those with a serious physiological or psychological illness unless it has been approved by their physician and discussed with me beforehand.

Laughter Yoga can be a powerful natural form of healing but it should not be considered as a substitute for medical advice.

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Where Are Giggleshops Held?

The next Laughter Yoga Giggleshop will be:

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Ph: 0410 216 243 for further enquiries

If you would like to host a Laughter Yoga Giggleshop for your corporate group, please either submit an email enquiry via this page or contact me directly on 0410 216 243.

Please note that by Australian Consumer Law I am not required to provide a refund if you change your mind about the services you booked in for. This is to cover the cost of the venue.
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Laughter Yoga Testimonials

"I really didn't know what to expect. I was a little anxious about laughing for no reason with strangers, however I really enjoyed myself, especially the movement and eye contact and feel very uplifted now."
- Jacinta


"A great emotional release. Loved the laughter meditation"
- Nick


"Really needed it and enjoyed it. Should be more of it. Laughter meditation was a highlight. Thanks Tippy!"
- N.J.


"Nice releases. Enjoyed laughter meditation."
- Bruce


"Thank you Tippy for your lovely soft nature as you presented. It was quite a new experience. I wish I was still teaching young children as they'd love it! "
- Gloria


"I enjoyed just getting out of my comfort zone, letting go and just having fun!"
- Robert


"I love to laugh and don't do it often enough. I loved the laughter meditation as it was a new experience and a good release!"
- Nina


"Your class set me up for the day!"
"My energy has been increasing more and more after your class!"
"That was so much fun! Thank you!"
"Where can I do this again? That was so awesome!"
"It was so amazing to see everyone joining in like that! Thank you so much!"
"That was the best class! A lot of fun, thanks!"
"I just loved your energy! The way you laugh is infectious! I loved how you laughed with your whole body!"
"That was a great class! I'll definitely do it again!"

- comments from various beautiful people coming up to me after my early morning class at YogaFest 2012, Old Museum, Brisbane


"Revisiting of the freedom of childhood
- Marilyn K


"Thanks for a fabulous class; it was really enjoyable. I feel great!!"
- Alice M


"I felt this class allowed me to release stress and fear and fill my soul with laughter and happiness and childlike wonder. Thank you!"
- Katrina R


"The more you do the more you want to do!"
- Concetta S


"The class gave me new perspectives on everyday or stressful experiences and options for managing them in a safe environment; to behave less seriously"
- Shannon

"Dear Tippy

On behalf of the Italian Catholic Federation, I would like to thank you for your presence and your excellent laughter session last Wednesday.

I received many comments about the wonderful time everyone had with both morning and afternoon sessions. I hope some of the people continue with the laughter yoga be it with you or elsewhere.

However, the important thing is that the day was a success and people were out there enjoying themselves and learning new things.

Once again thank you for your joyous disposition and the ability to make us all laugh and forget our stresses.

God bless
Connie Massadi"

- Senior's Week, 2016.


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For any enquiries, please call me on 0410 216 243 or send me an email.
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QUALIFICATION DETAILS
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader - Dr Kataria School of Laughter Yoga, 2011.
  • Diploma of Meditation - Inner Peace Institute, Melbourne, 2009.
  • Diploma of Health Science (Aromatherapy) - Australian College of Natural Medicine, Brisbane, 2003.
  • Certificate IV in Remedial Therapies - Australian College of Natural Medicine, Brisbane, 2002.

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