Laughter Yoga
First Universalist Church of Rochester

You may say, "Well, I've heard of Laughter and I've heard of Yoga ... but what do the two have to do with one another?"

Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea-–simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is fast sweeping the world, and is a complete wellbeing workout. It is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician from Mumbai who started the first laughter club in a park on March 13, 1995, with just 5 people. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 social laughter clubs in 60 countries.

Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes, or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group, but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

If you want to learn more and try out this fun and highly beneficial activity, please consider attending the initial session on January 3, 2009. At this time, a short documentary on the origins and practice of Laughter Yoga will be shown and the first Laughter Yoga session will be held.

Date and Time: First and Third Saturdays, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (starting January 3, 2009)
Location: First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604
Cost: Free
Registration/Information/Contact: Linda Lorenzo at or 585-241-3463; or Kris at the church office at 585-546-2826
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