Laughter for Africa



Laughter for Africa

Creating Social Change Through Laughter



Message from the Founder of Laughter Yoga: Dr. Madan Kataria

Dear Laughter Friends,
Every first Sunday of May we celebrate World Laughter Day. Started in 1995, Laughter Yoga movement has spread across 106 countries with thousands of free social Laughter Clubs. Our mission is Health, Happiness and World Peace through Laughter and the formula to achieve this is very simple. If people are happy and healthy, they will contribute to world peace. On this day, Laughter Club members and their friends and families get together in important squares and public parks to laugh together for world peace. This year we celebrate Laughter on 7 May 2017.

Laughter Yoga is simple, cost effective exercise to reduce stress, strengthen the immune system and oxygenate each and every cell of your body. If you laugh every day, you will not fall sick easily and if you have chronic health issues, you will heal faster.

Why people are not happy because they look for happiness in the outer world. We cannot change the outside circumstances in a day, but what we can do is to change the way we feel inside. This inner change is the key to see the change in the outer world. Laughter Yoga has taught us that the easiest way to be happy is to find happiness within us by laughing for no reason. Our slogan is: “We don’t laugh because we are happy; we are happy because we laugh.”

Laughter is a universal language we all speak. By setting up free social Laughter Clubs all over the world we are creating a worldwide community of healthy and happy people from different countries and cultures to become like an extended family. In order to bring peace in this world let us all stand for a minute and laugh heartily with our arms pointing skywards and send out positive vibration, love and peace
into this world.

Dr. Madan Kataria
Founder, Laughter Yoga International


What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is a simple, yet very effective body-mind technique that is scientifically proven to counter stress and boost the immune system. It is designed to teach the body to laugh without depending on comedy, jokes or humour.

Laughter Yoga is a combination of easy laughter exercises and simple breathing and relaxation exercises (derived from yoga). There is not other connection to yoga. No yoga experience is necessary. You can practice laughter yoga at any stage of your life! More info on how Laughter Yoga works.

The World-Wide Laughter Movement started in India in 1995 when Dr. Madan Kataria, a Mumbai physician, discovered the physical and psychological benefits enjoyed by his patients who had taken to heart his prescription for regular laughter. They were happier, healthier and more productive. With his wife, Madhuri Kataria, a yoga teacher, Dr. Kataria developed Laughter Yoga - which involves laughing for no reason at all. Laughter yoga is practice in more than 70 countries world-wide by thousands of people daily! Read more

Dr M Kataria

Corporate Laughter

Corporate Seminars & Team Building
Kick off your conference with a laughter session, or increase employee integration with an engaging, high-energy, high-impact team building workshop. We offer customised half-day, 1 day and 2 days workshops on Total Wellness, to specifically educate and address your employees on Wellness within the Workplace. Read more

Laughter Sessions
These short sessions can be a fresh alternative to a coffee break between programs at your conference, or an enthusiastic start to the training day. Sessions can be incorporated into workshops or the workplace on a regular basis to improve circulation, enhance humour in the workplace, decrease stress, improve networking, and help with overall sense of well being for participants. Laughter sessions also benefit school groups, work groups, health clubs, nursing homes, community groups, and other healthcare organisations. Read more.

Seminars & Workshops
We offer customised seminars and workshops on the Benefits of Laughter, as well as wellnesss related topics e.g. Exercise, Stress Reduction, the Relationship between Work & Play, etc. Read more


Laughter Training

1. Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training (CLYL)

Why not consider a fun career in health and wellness - become a Laughter Yoga Leader!

After successful completion of this 2-day course you will become an international Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL), able to:
- Lead laughter yoga sessions in social clubs, yoga & fitness centers, schools, seniors and in the workplace.
- Start and run social laughter yoga clubs.
- Help people to learn and practice laughter yoga.
- Offer public seminars on laughter yoga etc.
- For More Info: Download PDF document

Read more about all our Laughter Trainings here

2. Online Laughter Yoga Training

Living far away from any Laughter Trainings? We also offer this above Laughter Yoga Training as online - in the comfort of your own home.

Included are:
* Laughter Yoga Training Manual on CD (pdf document).
* Individual/Group Laughter sessions via Skype.
* Access to Laughter Yoga 40 Foundational Exercises.
* Laughter Coaching sessions via Skype (3 x 45 minutes).
* Laughter Audio files.
* Access to our Student Laughter Portal for a variety of training material.
* Laughter Yoga Leader Certificate.

3. Laughter Program: Continuing Professional Education

Enhance your existing knowledge of Laughter Yoga and learn from international Laughter Experts:-
* Learn how to laugh without using jokes, comedy or humour.
* Learn all about the benefits of Laughter.
* Listen to international Laughter Expert Interviews.
* Learn about the latest Scientific Research in the field of Laughter.
* Learn about the different applications of Laughter.
* Learn how you can bring Laughter into your profession or practise.

This Program includes:
* 5 x Laughter Expert Mp3 Interviews.
* 1 x Laughter Coaching session via Skype.
* Laughter Videos to understand what Laughter Yoga is all about.
* 1 x Laughter Ringtone (mp3).
* PDF documents on Laughter.

Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher



Online Training


Some Corporate Clients

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Dr. Martin Combrinck
PhD (A.M.)
Dipl. Yoga Therapy
Cert. Laughter Yoga Professional

Dr. Martin Combrinck is the founder of Laughter for Africa and has trained personally with Dr. Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, in South Africa and in India. Dr Kataria is also the Patron of Laughter for Africa. He obtained his PhD in "The Application of Laughter as Therapy" in 2015.

Martin has been conducting Laughter Yoga & Coaching seminars, workshops & training in South Africa since 2007 and his speciality is delivering Laughter to the Corporate World. He conducted the very successful online Laughter Summit in 2014 - bringing Laughter Experts together in an online platform.

Besides being a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher in South Africa, he is also an international registered and qualified Yoga, Relaxation and Meditation Teacher. He holds a degree in Psychology and is a Wellness Coach and Consultant.

Martin and his wife, Anne, started Ananda Sanga Educational Institute in 1996 and they teach yoga and related disciplines to national and international students.

Phone: +27 (21) 855-1470
Cell: 072 2297 454