Angēla Essick Dykes

MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

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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).

Dr. Madan Kataria

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 as similar 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 ...



Decreases pain                                                        by     INCREASING endorphins

Decreases depression                                              by     INCREASING joy

Decreases stress                                                     by     INCREASING relaxation

Decreases isolation                                                  by     INCREASING community

Decreases dis-ease                                                  by     INCREASING well-being

Decreases opportunity for cancer cells to thrive     by     INCREASING 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, and decreased 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!!

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


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