Angēla Essick Dykes

MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

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Angēla Essick Dykes

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Laughter Yoga

I am a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader (CLYL: trained by Sue Carter Ansari) and a Certified Laughter Yoga Trainer (CLYT: trained by Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga).

In March of 1995, while Dr. Kataria was writing for a health journal about the benefits of laughing for improved health he decided to conduct early morning field research in a park. He describes this particular Indian park as similar, in span, to New York's Central Park. He invited and convinced five other people to join him in laughing. From research conducted over many consecutive days, he concurred that ...



pain                                                        by     ↑ endorphins

depression                                              by     joy

stress                                                     by     relaxation

isolation                                                  by     community

dis-ease                                                 by     well-being

opportunity for cancer cells to thrive by      oxygen to all cells

Laughter Yoga combines Unconditional Laughter with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. (

Laughter Yoga was started by medical physician, Madan Kataria, from Mumbai, India in 1995 in a public park with only five other people. Today over 6,000 Laughter Clubs meet regularly in 60+ countries.

I welcome the opportunity to help you start a Laughter Club in your community or business. Research shows that laughter decreases stress and feelings of isolation. This can be especially helpful in businesses or corporations by increasing team camaraderie, productivity while decreasing medical days used by employees.

Presently, I lead a monthly Laughter Yoga session at Gilda’s Club & was a featured Certified Laughter Yoga Leader during Laughfest 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Enthusiastically, I accepted an invitation to lead Laughter Yoga during Laughfest 2014!! Eight Laughter Yogis became Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders during Laughfest 2014. Humbly, I have accepted a third invitation from Laughfest to provide Laughter Yoga in March 2015. New CLYL will be launched during training March 14-15, 2015.

Please use the Contact Form if you are interested in becoming a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.


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