Hasyayoga (Laughter Yoga) is an aspect of yoga which uses self-triggered laughter as an exercise to get the blood flowing.
According to this concept anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.
Hasya means energy for man an emotional part of mind and yoga means addition, means addition in the energy of man (Subconscious mind).
This concept is developed by Hasyayoga Guru Jiten kohi from India.
It was made popular as an exercise routine developed by Indian physician Madan Kataria.
Kataria writes about the practice in his book Laugh For No Reason Laughter is simulated in a group with eye contact and playfulness, developing into real and contagious laughter.
It is meant to be a combination of laughing and yoga breathing, in order to bring more oxygen to the body and the brain. Laughter yoga is based on the assumption that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter, and that their physiological and psychological benefits are thus identical.
The laughter groups have been around in India from early morning groups, especially the older men,
practiced group laughter in open parks. In recent times, a more formalized version was created and popularized as 'Laughter Clubs'.
Dr. Kataria's first Laughter Yoga Club was started on 13 March, 1995 in Mumbai, India.
It began with just 5 people in a local public park, but the concept rapidly spread worldwide and in 2009 there are more than 6000 laughter clubs in 60 countries.
In addition, Laughter Yoga is also practiced in companies and corporations, cruise ships,
Fitness centers, Yoga studios, Centers for seniors, Schools, Colleges, prisons, Universities,
Physically and mentally challenged and Self help cancer groups
For laughter yoga in Israel contact Bat shachar Weinfeld tel. 0523409998 email