A new group of laughter yoga leaders are here!

Spring heralds the arrival of new growth and laughter yoga!

On April 7th and 8th, five people trained with me to become Laughter Yoga Leaders. This group included people who wanted to deepen their own practice and start Laughter Yoga clubs, as well as people in healing professions who want to add Laughter Yoga to their  “tool bag of techniques.”

People flew in from Colorado and Tennessee to join the class. The class was phenomenal, intense and light-hearted. Two days of theory, laughter and practice, with yogic breathing and stretching mixed in left everyone feeling exhilarated, joyful and alive.


Yoga is connecting

As I always say, “yoga” means “to connect”.  It can be with God, with your own spirit, with Nature, or one of the other creatures who share our world.


Looking back at December’s Laughter Yoga Leader Training…

As I always say, “yoga” means “to connect”.  It can be with God, with your own spirit, with Nature, or one of the other creatures who share our world.


New Laughter Yoga Leader Training

To greet the spring, on April 7th and 8th, there will be a laughter yoga training in Manhattan. The class features 16 hours of instruction and hands on practice for an in-depth embrace of the practice. When complete, you will be prepared to lead your own groups.

For more information, contact me at lisa@laughteryoganyc.org or by text at 917-270-9508.

Snow is nothing to laugh about… or is it? Church laughter postponed to March 10th

Hillsdale is getting a late winter storm with an expected 6-12 inches of snow. Power outages throughout the county are rampant. To keep everyone off the roads and safe, the Laughter Yoga session originally scheduled for March 3rd will be postponed until March 10th at 3pm.

The session is free and donations are gratefully accepted.


Laughter in Church? You bet! Join me this Saturday 3/3

I was delighted to meet Pastor Mary Langley, who oversees both of the United Methodist churches in Hillsdale, NY (my home away from home). We agreed that Laughter Yoga would dovetail with her efforts to bring new programs and energy to the community.

So, my first Laughter Yoga class at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church is scheduled for this Saturday,  March 3rd from 10-11AM in the lower level.

This beautiful structure is located at 9310 Route 23, smack at the intersection with Route 22. Park and enter through the side door.

The Laughter Yoga class is free but of course any donation would be gratefully accepted.


New Laughter Yoga Leader Training announced for New York City

Celebrate the spring thaw with deepened laughter yoga practice. There will be a new laughter yoga training session on April 7th and 8th in Manhattan.

Laughter Yoga is a unique concept where we laugh without jokes, humor or comedy. We combine yoga breathing with stretching, clapping, moving and laughter exercises to increase joy, elevate mood, and create a deeper connection with our selves and with others.

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Laughter Yoga – Great Therapy For Depression

We are already aware that Laughter Yoga is a great exercise routine that alleviates depression and generates a positive mental attitude.

Here is a report of a psychiatrist in Michigan City, who gave due credit to laughter therapy, as being a major reason for his patient Tanaz Bambot to overcome depression and feel better. Read More

Four new Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders are born!

What a wonderful enriching experience it was- my first opportunity to use the skills i have been honing to teach people how to use the tools of this practice to create joy. Aided by one gentleman who was taking this as a refresher, and two other regulars from the Wednesday night New York City club, this weekend was a deeply moving connection to our higher selves and to each other.

We worked for two days straight, practicing and learning until we were ready. Thank you.

New! Leader Training coming up…

Recently back from training in India with the founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria, I have been featured on the Today Show and NPR. I am grateful for how teaching laughter yoga has helped me grow in confidence and has helped me meet many joyful new friends who share my passion for holistic healing. My focus is on helping people connect and use laughter to bring more peace, joy, and connection into their everyday lives.

I am glad to announce a Leader Training class!  All info is below but you must visit this Eventbrite link to register and pay.

Training Dates and Times
Saturday, December 9,, 2017, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm

There are a limited number of spots in this training.

2-day Laughter Yoga Leader Training Certification Program: $295
2-day Refresher: $100
Senior/Student rate: $150.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minimum age is 16 years old There are no maximum age limits.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Street Parking on the weekends is possible in the city, albeit limited. There are garages around. Public transportation is best, with nearby stops on the E, N,R,Q,1 trains.

What can I bring into the event?

You do not need mats or special clothing. Just bring yourself.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email me at Lisa@laughteryoganyc.org or call or text me at 917-270-9508

Taken From Laughter Yoga University

Laughter Yoga – Great Therapy For Depression

We are already aware that Laughter Yoga is a great exercise routine that alleviates depression and generates a positive mental attitude. Here is a report of a psychiatrist in Michigan City, who gave due credit to laughter therapy, as being a major reason for his patient Tanaz Bambot to overcome depression and feel better.

He said, in the beginning, he had no idea how laughter would help someone with bipolar depression and depression and like all practitioners, thought that it was just a good thing to do. But then he came across an article which said that laughter had the ability to change the chemistry of the brain. This surprised him and he started to research more about it because he thought it might be a great way to help those suffering from depression. Though there was medication, the patients always needed that something extra to reach a level of well-being, being happy and feeling good.

Laughter Yoga turned out to be a very interesting way of changing brain chemistry. He used it to help Tanaz recover and soon realized that the frequency of relapses declined after taking to Laughter Yoga. Even the level of well-being between episodes was tremendous and the response to medicine greatly improved. This left him extremely impressed.

His research showed that the place where laughter helps in the brain, where laughter happens in the brain, the movement of facial muscles and the understanding that something different is happening in the brain – all happens in areas in the frontal and the temporal lobe, which are the same areas where the research on depression is going on. If one takes an MRI, one can see that the same areas of the brain are affected by laughter that are affected by medication and disease. Hence, the great hope that Laughter Yoga will make a big difference in treating depression and generating feelings of well-being among such patients.

India and Laughter Yoga Teacher Training

INTRODUCTION I started doing laughter yoga almost two years ago. It was a lucky accident that has changed my life.

My yoga class at the rec center changed its time and i could not leave work early enough to get there. The internet pointed me to a laughter yoga class. I had no idea what this was, and really didn’t think much about it ahead of time. It was yoga, it started at the right time and was close to my office.

My first experience was uncomfortable for me. I felt awkward laughing for no reason. I noticed after i left though a feeling of lightness. I experienced these opposite pushes- one which tried to protect me from looking silly and one which wanted to move towards feeling better.

Two years later, laughter yoga has changed my life. My mother was bipolar. I was an angry girl who grew into an angry teenager and then became an angry and anxious woman. This was something i just adapted to and it became my core, and something i was not even aware of.

Laughter yoga lightened me and gave me tools to feel and act differently. I am happy to talk about all the why’s and wherefore’s of laughter yoga relative to mindfulness, meditation and neuroplasticity and the social, emotional and physical benefits.


In September, i had the opportunity to travel to India to study with Dr. Kataria; the founder of Laughter Yoga and become a laughter yoga teacher. Over five days, the international participants deepened our practices, studied new laughter exercises, and new breathing practices.  We shared our previous experiences leading laughter yoga sessions in very varied settings. At the end of the five days we were certified to train new laughter yoga leaders.






Laughter Yoga on The TODAY Show! 8/11 at 10AM

Don’t miss the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda on NBC at 10AM tomorrow, Friday August 11th!

They will be talking about Laughter Yoga, and showing a video of an interview they did at the Manhattan location where I hold my Wednesday session. So excited!

Be sure to let me know if you saw it….

Why is there Happy Hour?

and not, say,  “Happy Day?”

There is something called Science of Happiness. People want to understand what is necessary to have more of this elusive thing.

Components of happiness include gratitude, altruism, and connections with other humans. Laughter yoga helps provide the connectivity and gratitude. Connections with other humans are a form of altruism.

The founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria would like to accomplish World Peace through Laughter. People cannot be angry and laugh simultaneously.

My goal is to see Laughter Yoga accepted as a legitimate form of yoga offered in Yoga Studios alongside with other more traditional forms of yoga. I see that as a way to spread its benefits more quickly and have people allow for playfulness on a daily basis. Laugther Yoga encourages people to experience their own openness and vulnerability in a safe forum. That is a gift for it to be something accessible and not frightening.



This Sunday at the Art Annex in Hillsdale, NY

If you are in the Berkshires/Columbia County area this weekend, join us at the Art Annex Sunday July 16th, at 11am, for some pranayama (breathing), stretching and Hasya yoga, aka Laughter yoga.

The Art Annex is adjacent to the wonderful Mirror Mirror consignment store, on State Route 23 just west of Route 22 and next to the Cross Roads restaurant.
Laughter Yoga can help lighten the mood, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and bring about joy. No yoga mats or special clothes- A willingness to let go and play is all that’s required.


Tonight’s group was high impact, high energy!!!

Tonight’s Wednesday laughter Club had a fantastic turnout-a mix of new people, experienced people and old-timers. Believe it or not, I don’t always feel like laughing. It’s like not wanting to go to the gym. You don’t feel like going and you know how great you will feel if you manage to get there in spite of not wanting to.

I am reminded of a YouTube video of Dr. Kataria. He is looking into a bathroom mirror and speaking. He says, ” I really don’t feel like laughing. But I have to- I created laughter yoga, and this is what we do.” He looks in the mirror and says, “Ha.”[Pause] Ha Ha.” This cracks me up. Tonight, after a long weekend and torpid return to work, i lacked the energy for Laughter Yoga. This is when one really needs it!

What a surprise! About 6 people from Beth Bongar’s “Breath of Ha” workshop at the JCC joined our class. They had enjoyed her workshop and were happy to learn a weekly laughter club in Manhattan was available! An older gentleman joined us, who has been in laughter yoga classes since Vishwa Prakash started them in his textile studio many years ago. This gentleman was a trained laughter yoga leader. The dynamics of laughter include connections people make with each other. New people stimulate different energies and the connections are kinetic!! Through this electricity, people gain new insights into their own selves, even in the stillness that comes between laughs. The group lasted close to an hour and a half- more than usual. There is a sense of friendly intimacy through innocent playfulness. People come willing to risk and be open and see what happens. They set aside their judgements, or experience and meet their judgements and look at them from a new vantage point. People leave just a little lighter and a little different than when they came in. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. We practiced some lovingkindness meditations for people in our lives. I want to thank everyone who joined in tonight.

The benefits of laughter yoga are cumulative

As you practice laughter yoga over time, your threshold for laughter becomes lower. Laughter allows one to be able to lighten one’s mood in the face of challenges. This allows a space to detach from pressing problems; to stand back and gain perspective. It is called “de-identifying:” You are not angry- You are having a feeling called anger and you are also an awareness seeing that you have anger. This perspective allows internal space, distance and objectivity so you can weigh in before you act from anger, (or whatever the feeling is at that moment,)  To think, this comes from laughter!  How remarkable!