An Exercise Regimen Like No Other

Twenty minutes of laughter is equivalent to 10 minutes on an exercise machine, but this gentle aerobic workout is a lot more fun that treadmills and exercise bikes.

The side effects of laughter caching are so great that more and more people are joining in.

It is different from other forms of exercise in some very important ways:

1. Anyone can do it and benefit. Young, aged, fit or infirm.

2. It’s fun & easy. No postures or skills to learn, no special clothes or equipment.

3. It’s instant! You experience many of the benefits after your very first session.

4. Laughter coaching has profound effects on our mental and physical state of being.


Immediately after a laughter workshop one is left pumped up and able to cope with anything --- you are at peak energy levels and peak performance.

This can be utilized as a preparation routine for stressful events including presentations, sales visits, speeches, interviews, examinations, stage performances, sports competition and more.

Harry Hamlin, star of LA Law used laughter coaching before his appearance on Dancing with the Stars to improve his dancing performance that was viewed by more than 25 million people.


Why Do We Need
to Laugh More?

Humans were designed to laugh. Laughter is nature's stressbuster. It lifts our spirits with a happy high that makes us feel good and improves our behavior towards others.

Just a few generations ago happy healthy humans spent 20 minutes a day or more in laughter. Now adult daily laugh-time is down to 5 minutes or less in many countries. This is one of the worst aspects of 'modern life'.

Laugh yourself healthy. We all know that laughter makes us feel good. A regular 20 minute laughter session can have a profound impact on our health and wellbeing. Laughter is gentle exercise. It fill your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-clears your breathing passages and exercises your lungs. This is really important for people who don't get regular aerobic exercise.

When we laugh our bodies release a cocktail of hormones & chemicals that have startling positive effects on our system. Stress is reduced, blood pressure drops, depression is lifted, your immune system is boosted & more. Western science is just starting to discover the great effects of laughter.

Anyone can laugh without reason. Laughter exercises almost always lead to real laughter, especially when practiced in a group.

Laughter is practiced around the world at laughter clubs, laughter studios, in the workplace and in many specialized applications including schools, government departments, military & police, hospitals & hospice and more. There are more than 5000 laughter yoga clubs and studios in more than 50 countries with new venues opening daily.

LaughSA provides Laughter Sessions in clubs, old age homes, hospitals, schools and other venues. We also provide corporate seminars on the benefits of laughter in the workplace to develop management and team performance.

We arrange training and certification of laughter leaders, guides, therapists and coaches in South Africa. We can arrange laughter retreats, workshops and keynote speeches.

How does laughter work? Our bodies are hardwired with some surprisingly powerful natural reactions to extended hearty laughter.

What does hearty laughter do to our body, mind & emotions?

  • Provides a powerful cardiac workout

  • Boosts oxygen intake, all major organs are fully oxygenated leaving us bursting with energy

  • Blood pressure normalizes, circulation improves and resting pulse rate drops

  • Reduces stress levels by 50% or more quickly --- they often remain reduced for days

  • Makes us more stress resistant and able to cope with stressful situations

  • Releases large quantities of endorphins that create a positive mental state and reduce aches & pains

  • Quickly increases motivation, self confidence, communication skills, innovation and creativity

  • Barriers between groups who laugh together disappear and they bond into cooperative teams with strong feelings of caring and wanting to help one another

  • Depression is lifted – even chronic depression may be reversed over a period of weeks

  • Aggression subsides and new tools to manage anger are learned

  • Immune, digestive & sexual systems are activated and boosted. There is a fast and substantial boost in levels of immune cells that attack cancer, infection and virus.

  • The lymphatic system is massaged further boosting the immune system

  • Laughter coaching practitioners report that they get sick far less often

See laughter in action


The human body has two important functions that control our health and must counterbalance each other. These are STRESS and LAUGHTER.

Both processes work by releasing chemicals and hormones into our bloodstream.

Today, we are exposed to ongoing stressful events so our bodies are continuously producing stress chemicals and hormones that never have time to dissipate.

These chemicals and hormones are called the ‘STRESS COCKTAIL’.

When the stress cocktail is released our immune, digestive and sexual functions shut down and we get chronic fatigue and depression.

Blood vessels constrict, pulse rate increases, blood pressure and blood sugar shoot up, muscles tense, tongue and eyes dry up, breathing becomes shallow, so the toxins and stale air remain in our lungs.

The resulting lack of oxygen promotes the spread of illness, infection and even cancer. All our bodily functions require oxygen to function properly.

Laughter has an equally powerful but opposite effect on the body.

With sustained hearty laughter our brain releases a ‘HAPPY COCKTAIL’ of hormones and chemicals.

These effect our body in strong and dramatic ways and work to improve our health and ability to cope with stress, depression and other illness.

Laughter coaching leaves you energized and ready to work at peak performance levels. Many people feel a difference after just one laughter session. With regular sessions they report mental and physical changes for the better.
No other fitness regime can offer these benefits.