Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, India, is popularly known as the “Guru of Giggling” (London Times), and is the founder of the Laughter Yoga Clubs movement that was started in 1995. While researching the benefits of laughter, he was amazed by the number of studies showing profound physiological and psychological benefits of laughter, and he decided to find a way to deliver these benefits to his patients and other people.
The result is Laughter Yoga, a unique exercise routine that combines group laughter exercises with yoga breathing and allows anyone to laugh without using jokes, humor or comedy. Starting with just five people in a public park in Mumbai in 1995, Laughter Yoga has grown into a worldwide movement of more than 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries.
Spreading rapidly throughout USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, South East Asia, China and Africa, this new concept has been widely covered by prestigious publications such as TIME magazine, National Geographic, and The Wall Street Journal. It has also been featured on CNN, BBC, US networks, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
In the USA and Bangalore, recent studies using unconditional laughter have positively confirmed these benefits. This scientific confirmation of what has been observed in thousands of laughter groups marks a turning point in the acceptance of Laughter Yoga in the business world, fitness centers, hospitals, age care facilities, schools, colleges, universities and other areas.”