Laughter Yoga was established by Dr Madan Kataria, a medical doctor in India in 1995.
He was inspired by research showing how beneficial laughter was so he started with 5 people and after their jokes and funny stories ran out, he researched more and discovered that the body can’t tell the difference between real laughing and pretend laughing – the Laughter of Laughter Yoga.
He started to see the similarities between laughter and pranayama yoga relating to the breathing so together with his wife Madhuri, they incorporated yogic breathing – the Yoga of Laughter Yoga.
Merv Neal used Laughter Yoga to overcome a life threatening illness. Watch his story in the video below