Welcome to NPO Laughter Yoga Japan,
Japan's foremost community of laughter yoga professionals.
What is Laughter Yoga?
An incredible stress-busting method, Laughter Yoga is based on the unique concept that anyone can "laugh for no reason." Developed by Dr. Madan Kataria of India in 1995, we do not rely on jokes, humor, or comedy to induce laughter. Instead, we combine gentle stretching and yogic breathing exercises with creative laughter exercises.
As our bodies do not know the difference between faked laughter and genuine laughter, we receive the same wonderful health benefits from both. We begin with simulated or faked laughter which, when done in a group with eye contact, very soon stimulates genuine smiles and contagious laughter.
For more information on Laughter Yoga in English, please visit Dr. Kataria's website,
The Laughter Yoga
Movement in Japan
Brought to Japan in 2006 by certified Laughter Yoga teachers Mary Tadokoro and Lisa Booth, the laughter movement has now spread throughout the country with over 500 clubs, and thousands of certified Laughter Yoga professionals. To find a laughter club, leader training, event, or professional near you, please write to Mary Tadokoro at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will gladly help you find the information you need.