Dr. Kataria named "Laughter Yoga" as such was because he incorporated Pranayama, the ancient science of yogic breathing, into the laughter exercises. Laughter Yoga is therefore a form of Pranayahahama :-)
This article details how people around the world are spreading its message of joy, health and world peace through laughter in a variety of projects that include Laughter Clubs, World Laughter Day, Universities of Joy, and more.
When I’m not involved with my Laughter Yoga work I instruct and help businesses with their Strategic Planning. I have been doing this since selling my last business back in 2002. I have a process that is a simple “beginning to end” way of running a business of any sort. So if Laughter Yoga were a business I would work it like this
The origins of India's well known laughing clubs is revealed in this documentary, one of the first produced on the subject. Interviews with laughter club founder Dr. Kataria and fellow laughing club members shows the significant impact laughter has on the spirit and health in India and throughout the world.
National Public Radio aired a nice piece on Laughter Yoga yesterday. The conclusion: "Even if the science remains controversial, I will try some of Dr. Kataria's exercises. Apart from the occasional stomach cramp, it surely can't hurt :-)". Read the transcript of this broadcast here.
I recently read a blog from Dr Kataria responding to an actor who said he could easily laugh on command and was wondering what more Laughter Yoga could teach him (a lot!). Dr K's reply was outstanding as usual, and I took the liberty to build on it. Here it is:
We've done our home work and found Dr Kataria's weekly Laughter Yoga show on SAB TV online. Watch it here! (be warned: it's all in Hindi).
Professional Fitness Trainer says “I have gained far more than just better health. I can feel my soul healing”
By Maj Britt (Denmark). I’m a fitness trainer and joined my local laughter club because I thought it would be good for my immune system. I later realized however that I have gained far more than just better health. I can feel my soul healing. I've opened up and this practice has helped me know myself better.