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Benefits Of Laughter

Enhances the immune system

Relieves stress

Reduces blood pressure

Reduces pain

Increases endorphins, the body's natural painkillers

Improves lung capacity and oxygen levels

Provides a massage for internal organs

Is contagious, like yawning

May help prevent heart disease


American Journal of Medical Sciences, Alternative Therapies, Psychology Today,The Scientist of the University of Maryland Medical Center (as cited in The Orange County Register)

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Laugh and Learn with the
Laughter Yoga Institute

Laguna laughter clubLaughter Yoga is a unique new practice of laughter as a form of exercise, free of the need for jokes or comedy.  Yogic breathing techniques are integrated with intentional laughter practices, resulting in numerous benefits to physical and emotional health (see box below left).  Participants live life more joyfully and are better able to cope with whatever stresses life may bring.

Laughter Yoga was created by Dr. Madan Kataria (a physician from India) with his wife Madhuri (a yoga teacher) in 1995.  The health benefits of heartfelt laughter are now available to everyone, at any time.

Workshops and Programs
for People, Leaders, and Business

The Laughter Yoga Institute offers state-of-the art training programs, workshops, seminars; innovation and advancement in the field of therapeutic laughter.

Our programs include seminars, workshops, and heart-opening Laughter Adventures to relieve stress, develop emotional intelligence, and bring a sense of celebration to life.

The two-day intensive Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training program is authorized by Dr. Kataria’s Laughter Yoga International University.  Graduates of the program become Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders.

Institute Director Jeffrey Briar offers the five-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher Training program.  Students master the ability to laugh as a solo practice, fluently create new laughter exercises, have deeper experiences with Laughter Meditation, Visualization and Yogic Breathing.  Graduates of the program become Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, trained and authorized to deliver 2-day Leader Trainings.

Laughter at work will improve communications, increase creativity, and reduce stress and accompanying illness.  Employees who enjoy coming to work are less likely to move on.  Custom programs are available, including the Laughter Exercise Coach certification training (for groups of facilitators); the Gibberish Coach training intensive,  and LaughFit! – Laughter in the Workplace (program delivery and facilitator training).  Other innovative programs include the Laughter Cruise and Laughter Kirtan.

State-of-the-art videos, audio CDs, textbooks and manuals are available from The Laughter Yoga Institute Marketplace.

Laugh with Laguna Laughter Club

Laugh daily, free of charge, for health, fun and friendship by the ocean waves in Laguna Beach, California, with the Laguna Laughter Club.  See the Laguna Laughter Club Newsletter for more events.

Find a Laughter Club Near You

Discover Laughter Clubs in Southern California and see links to clubs worldwide.

About the Laughter Yoga Institute Founder Jeffrey Briar

Jeffrey Briar was a teacher of traditional Yoga and an accomplished comedic actor for 35 years before embracing the world of Yogic/Therapeutic Laughter.   He is certified by Dr. Kataria as a Laughter Yoga Teacher and is a Master Trainer for Dr. Kataria’s Laughter Yoga International University.  In 2006 Jeffrey was appointed by Dr. Kataria as an international Laughter Ambassador.   He is also certified as a Laughter Leader by Steve Wilson (World Laughter Tour) and as a Laughing Meditation Teacher by Sarito Sun.  See media clips featuring Mr. Briar. 

As Director of the Laughter Yoga Institute, Mr. Briar gives presentations and keynote speeches, oversees program development, delivers community and professional outreach programs, and provides and supervises laughter-leadership training.  Have Mr. Briar speak at your event.

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