Dr. Madan Kataria – A Profile

Dr. Madan Kataria – A Profile

Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, India popularly known as the ‘Guru of Giggling’ (London Times), is the founder of Laughter Yoga Clubs movement 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. 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 which allows anyone to laugh without using jokes, humor or comedies. Started with just with just five people in a public park in Mumbai in 1995, it has grown into a worldwide movement of more than 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries.

Spreading rapidly in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, South East Asia, China and Africa, this new concept has been widely covered by prestigious publications like the TIME magazine, National Geographic, and the Wall Street Journal and featured on CNN, BBC, US networks and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Kataria is a keynote, motivational and inspirational speaker for companies, corporations and organizations all over the world. He is also a corporate consultant for holistic health, stress management, teambuilding, leadership, peak performance and communication skills.
A popular speaker, Dr. Kataria is featured frequently on television and radio worldwide and is associated with a number of research projects to measure the benefits of laughter. Recent studies in the USA and Bangalore, India 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 business world and in schools, hospitals, old age centers and other areas.

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  • Noa

    I love to laugh! laughter helped me cope with chronic headaches and muscle spasms... I did a research paper on laughter and health, and did a laughter yoga demonstration upon presenting it to the class. I would love to get formal training for this practice, but I live in Toronto. Would you consider doing a training seminar in the states, or Canada? Please let me know if you do! thanks!

    Wednesday, 9 July 2014 02:16:20
  • soroush

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    Tuesday, 6 May 2014 23:05:40
  • Patricia Stilon

    I am from Malta (Europe) and have just found this site on laughter therapy. I am interested in learning more and maybe getting some training. Are there plans to have some training in Europe?
    What can I do to learn more and try to practice it?

    Friday, 25 April 2014 18:26:00
  • Patricia Stilon

    I am from Malta (Europe) and have just found this site on laughter therapy. I am interested in learning more and maybe getting some training. Are there plans to have some training in Europe?
    What can I do to learn more and try to practice it?

    Friday, 25 April 2014 18:26:00
  • sorena

    hello,mr katarina,

    I'm a student of laughter' yoga by mr pezeshki.& I want start to have a progect in my university,about the effectiveness of laughter on elders that live in home of elderly.could you help me?

    Wednesday, 4 December 2013 18:04:33
  • Kenichi FUJIKAWA

    Nice to meet you, Dr!
    My name is Kenichi Fujikawa, who am Japanese.
    Now our hospital carries out the Laughter Yoga forward our patients.
    Our programs just now started since August 2012.
    However our patients became very happy, Tkank you for introduced us the Laughter Yoga.
    We have only one quesuion, Could you teach us about your age? Because Dr look like so young. Therefore our friends have intersting your age.
    We hope that Dr gives us the good answer.

    yours sincerly,

    Kenichi Fujiakwa

    Monday, 14 October 2013 14:42:53
  • Gloria

    Last year I went to the Laughter Yoga Leader Training at Yogaville in Virginia, I enjoyed it a lot. I laugh every day. I formed a laughing club at my house. We meet once a month. I also formed another club at the adult center closed by. Those that are participating are enjoying the benefits of laughing and doing some the movement of yoga. We meet two day a month. I´m planning to form another club soon in another adult center.

    Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:13:03
  • puttaraju

    really it is great, a single creative thought in the fresh room gives world wide benefit, madanji hats off to you......

    Monday, 5 August 2013 22:12:56

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