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About Laughter Yoga

A daily laughter practice improves the quality of life. Do it for yourself and feel what a difference it makes!

Laughter yoga is a unique exercise routine where anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Liberate your laughter and unlock the secret to becoming more joyful, resilient and at peace, through laughter. At the Funny Farm Laughter Club we initiate laughter as an exercise in a group and with eye contact and childlike playfulness what may feel strange to you, at first, soon turns into real, contagious laughter.

We combine laughter exercises with yoga breathing. 

We focus on mindful breathing, deep breathing, that moves the diaphragm and stimulates the lymph flow through our body. Deep breathing brings more oxygen to the body and the brain and we feel more energetic and healthy. Laughter releases those positive endorphins in the brain and improves our outlook on life. The yoga part of Laughter Yoga is the breathing. There are no yoga postures but we do practice yogic breathing (pranayama).

Real vs. fake laughter

The body doesn’t differentiate between pretend and real laughter. You get the same physiological and psychological health benefits even if you only pretend to laugh.  So don’t worry, “Fake it until you make it”. The real laughter will follow if you are open to pretending and just have fun. However, it takes the body 10-15-20 minutes of laughter to receive the maximum benefit from your practice.  Laughter Yoga teaches you easy techniques to purposely incorporate laughter into your life. It’s easy to laugh when times are good. Laughter yoga practice teaches us how to laugh through life’s many challenges.

Train your body and mind to laugh and be joyful

Our body and mind can be trained to laugh at will. By repeating any bodily behavior over a period of time, the mind begins to generate a predictable response.  Thus, by doing laughter exercises on a regular basis, people become conditioned to be joyful. With Laughter Yoga, the brain develops new neuronal connections that produce happy chemistry in the body.  These reactions can be triggered simply by laughter exercises and doing certain actions of the body, which lead the mind to experience the emotion of joy.

Designed by a medical doctor

Laughter Yoga was created by a medical doctor, Dr. Madan Kataria from India, with just five people in a Mumbai park in 1995. Today, there are more than 16,000 Laughter Yoga clubs in more than 108 countries throughout the world. This wellness movement has spread without the use of any paid advertising.  Skeptics are the ones who haven’t tried it yet or aren’t ready to experience it. If you open yourself up to trying something new and unusual, with the goal of being more happier, giving yourself permission to be more playful, you will soon unleash the power of your laughter. It really is a health phenomenon with only good side effects.

Make Happy A Habit

Are you coming to the Perfect Christmas Tree Farm to laugh with the Funny Farm Laughter Club this Sat and every Sat. at 6 pm? Come to the old stone house at the end of the driveway. Don’t be shy. Give it a try.

March 11, noon & 7 pm

No experience or equipment needed. Good for all.

Start A Happy New Year

Western New Jersey

Laughter yoga: Laugh your way to a new life perspective

By: Alexandra Hogan of WFMZ-TV 69

Posted: Jan 02, 2019 09:46

View the video that goes with this article on Facebook page:

LOPATCONG TWP., N.J. – The holidays bring laughter and cheer, but laughter lasts all year long at the Perfect Christmas Tree Farm in New Jersey, and it’s contagious.

Farm co-owner Cynthia Curtis is a licensed laughter yoga instructor.

“People are lonely these days. To laugh with somebody that’s such a good connection,” she says.

When she’s not at the farm, Curtis teaches at libraries, in nursing homes, and also practices with people all over the world on Skype.

“There’s one in Chicago, I usually laugh with them. An hour before that there’s one in India. There’s one in Belgium I laugh with,” Curtis said.

The idea of laughter yoga is to force yourself to laugh for 20 minutes straight per day. To do that, groups act out mundane life experiences and try to find the humor in it.

Curtis says laughter yoga can change the situation for those who are ill, something she experienced after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It didn’t make me not have a cancer, the doctor had to do that, but I could still be happy. I was bigger than my problem,” she said.

It’s also changed the life of her 102-year-old mother at her nursing home.

“She’s the official greeter. She turned laughter yoga into a job for herself,” Curtis said.

Curtis realizes this practice isn’t for everyone, but says it’s good for a lot of people, especially those who feel alone.

It’s her goal to share the mantra to enjoy life, and laugh as much as possible along the way.

Breathe. Laugh. Be happy. The science behind laughter yoga.

By Mayra Cuevas, CNN, September 7, 2018

Atlanta (CNN)The cackles can be heard from far beyond the brick walls of the private garden playing host to a Laughter Yoga Atlanta session.

On a bright weekend morning, at the height of the steamy Georgia summer, a group of about 40 students is visibly invigorated.

At intervals they chant or clap, frolicking in a large open circle while purposely seeking eye-contact with the nearest person — most likely someone they just met.

Welcome to laughter yoga.

Laughter exercises can improve your mental and physical health, neurologists say.

Laughter yoga students engage in playful excercise that promote laughter and wellness.

The practice, designed by Indian doctor Madan Kataria in 1995, combines playful group exercises and deep breathing to promote wellness, happiness and lots of laughter.

“It’s called laughter yoga because of the diaphragmatic breathing that takes place when we laugh,” says Laughter Yoga Atlanta director Celeste Greene. “It’s a full inhalation and a full exhalation.”

At first the laughter is simulated, or “voluntary laughter” in yoga-speak, but slowly, as students warm up to each other, it becomes genuine and contagious.

“You can react from a laughter place, as opposed to a stress place. How does that sound?” Greene calls out.

A group “Yeah!” quickly follows.

Then Greene demonstrates a new exercise — “traffic laughter.” Students pretend to drive a “laughter powered car.”

“The goal in laughter yoga is to build a daily habit and bring more laughter into your life,” Greene explained. “It could be laughing in traffic and it could be laughing while cleaning the house. The more you laugh, the more you’re able to laugh at whatever life brings.”

Laughter exercises can improve your mental and physical health, neurologists say.

Laughter yoga can help ease anxiety and depression, while building unique connections with others.

A comic and a neuroscientist walk into a bar

Neuroscientist Sophie Scott spent 18 years studying laughter. She’s a professor at University College London by day and, on occasion, a standup comedian by night.

“One of the big benefits of laughter is that it feels really good to laugh,” said Scott. “You get a change in the uptake of the naturally circulating endorphins, and those are the body’s painkillers. You get a measurable increase in your ability to tolerate pain.”

Overtime, according to Scott, laughter can decrease the body’s production of cortisol, a hormone released by the adrenal glands into the bloodstream at times of stress. High levels of cortisol have been linked to weight gain and memory loss.

Laughter exercises can improve your mental and physical health, neurologists say.

Laughter increases the levels of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, experts say.

Laughter, the universal language

Students meditating at the end of a laughter yoga session.

Laughter exercises can improve your mental and physical health, neurologists say.

Back in the Atlanta garden, strangers leave as friends at the end of the laughter yoga session.

“It really lifted my spirits in ways I had not anticipated,” said student David Randolph, a radiation oncologist. “We laughed, we made eye contact. It felt really good to connect with all these people that I had never met before.”

Many in the group echoed Randolph’s experience.

In her classes, Greene has witnessed the positive effects this group dynamic can have on a person struggling with anxiety, depression or isolation.

At an emotional level, neuroscientist Scott said, laughter can be a bonding experience among family or coworkers, friends or strangers.

“When people laugh it’s a sign that they’re feeling comfortable and relaxed and safe and not exposed,” she said.

“Humans do seem to be genuinely unified by laughter.”

Health Benefits Of Laughter

Combats Respiratory Infections

  • By increasing antibodies in saliva

Reduces Pain

  • Releases endorphins to provide pain relief

Relaxes Muscles

  • Muscular tension and laughter are incompatible
  • Decreases serum cortisol

Positive Mental Function

  • Changes perspective with improved mood
  • Through cardio-vascular efficiency

Helps the Body Fight Infection

  • Liberates numerous immune boosters

Improves Tissue Function & Growth

  • Supplies nutrients and oxygen to tissues

Happiness Linked to Longevity

  • Live a longer, more fulfilled life

Laugh In The Library

PBS39, Warren Reporter, Karishma Desai, is coming to the Phillipsburg Library for Laughter Yoga on Mon. Sep. 10.  Let’s make Phillipsburg the happiest City in Warren County (at least for the day.) Join us for this special session of Laughter In The Library. Maybe we can get the whole library laughing.

Laughter Yoga at the Funny Farm

What is the Funny Farm Laughter Club?

A Free Social Club that welcomes all to join.  It is non-religious and non-political. We do not charge any membership fee.  Laughter Yoga at the Funny Farm is not to be confused with traditional yoga classes. We don’t perform yoga poses so you don’t need a mat or any special equipment or experience. At the Funny Farm Laughter Club we combine playful laughter exercises and deep yogic breathing. We all laugh together for no reason except for the best reasons – health, happiness and world peace.

Practice Happiness at the Funny Farm, July 2018

Sun. July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 6 pmDepression laughter yoga

Mon. July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 10 am

  • Health Benefits: Laughter Yoga is an aerobic exercise (a mild cardio workout) that brings more oxygen to the body and brain. It makes us feel healthier and more energetic. Practicing Laughter Yoga strengthens the immune system which not only prevents us from falling sick but also helps us to feel better.
  • Social Connector: Quality of life depends on the quality of your friends and relationships. Laughter is a great connector of people and you will meet lots of interesting people and develop new friendships at Laughter Club.
  • Mission:   To spread Good Health, Happiness and World Peace

What is Laughter Yoga? How can it Help you?

Everyone wants health and happiness.  But instead, we are getting stressed out, depressed, more negative thoughts and sometimes feeling isolated. Does this sound like you? If you are someone who wants to bring more laughter and joy into your life or are someone who just loves to laugh, join us.

Laughter Yoga is a simple yet profound complete well-being exercise routine practiced around the world. Developed by an Indian medical doctor, Dr. Madan Kataria, it has spread across 100 countries and to tens of thousands of Laughter Clubs, around the world.

  • You Laugh with Special Guided Techniques: It’s easy. Anyone can laugh for no reason without relying on humor, jokes or comedy and you feel the benefits from laughing the very first session!
  • Real and Contagious Laughter: We initiate laughter as a body exercise, in a group, and with eye contact and childlike playfulness the laughter soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
  • oxygenate your Body and Brain: Laughter Yoga is a combination of deep breathing exercises from yoga and laughter exercises, which oxygenates the body and brain, making us feel more creative and happier.

Scientifically Proven

The basis of Laughter Yoga a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between spontaneous laughter and intentional laughter. You get the same physiological and psychological benefits from both. And this mild cardio exercise burns calories and tightens muscles in the most enjoyable way possible, by sharing a laugh.

Clinical research conducted in India and in the United States proves that Laughter lowers the level of stress hormones (epinephrine, cortisol, etc) in the blood.

5 Benefits of Laughter Yoga

  • Good Mood and More Laughter: Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. You remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more and more easily than you normally do.
  • Healthy Exercise to Beat Stress: Laughter Yoga is an aerobic exercise which brings more oxygen to the body and brain thereby making you feel more energetic and relaxed.
  • Health Benefits: Laughter Yoga reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. You will not fall sick easily and if you have some chronic health conditions, you will heal faster.
  • Quality of Life: Laughter is a positive energy which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships. If you laugh more, you will attract many friends.
  • Positive Attitude in Challenging Times:  Anyone can laugh when times are good but Laughter Yoga teaches people to laugh unconditionally so that they can laugh even during tough times. It provides strength in adversity, a coping mechanism, to help people keep a positive mental attitude regardless of the circumstances. If you can “laugh it off”, you will feel so much better. It gives hope and optimism to cope in difficult times.

Where is the Funny Farm Laughter Club

  • Perfect Christmas Tree Farm, 999 US Highway 22, Lopatcong Township, Phillipsburg NJ 08865
  • Go to the 18th century stone farmhouse at the end of the driveway
  • For more information: email, visit our Facebook page: or call 908-763-1945.

Share Laughter, Make Friends

Try this unique cardio workout where laughing is the exercise. We initiate laughter in the beginning,  but with eye contact and and playfulness the laughter becomes genuine and contagious. The reason its called Laughter Yoga is that we combine laughter with yoga breathing which brings more oxygen to our body and brain and we feel healthier and more energetic, more relaxed, as a result. There is scientific proof that even if when we pretend to laugh we get the same health benefits as if it was real laughter. This is real exercise that burns calories, strengthens core muscles and exercises vital organs. Anyone can can laugh for no reason. No experience or special equipment is needed.

Laughter Yoga Is News

The Funny Farm Laughter Club meets at Perfect Christmas Tree Farm in Phillipsburg NJ. Contact Laughter Yoga teacher, Cynthia Curtis at She will notify you of the next laughter club meeting.

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