TEDMED Live Talk by Dr. Madan Kataria

TEDMED Live Talk by Dr. Madan Kataria

Worth the time to view! -Richard Taylor

Published on Jun 13, 2013
Dr. Madan Kataria
Founder Laughter Yoga Movement
Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, India popularly known as the ‘Guru of Giggling’ (London Times), is the founder of Laughter Yoga Clubs movement started in 1995. While researching the benefits of laughter, he was amazed by the number of studies showing profound physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. He decided to find a way to deliver these benefits to his patients and other people. The result is Laughter Yoga, a unique exercise routine that combines group laughter exercises with yoga breathing which allows anyone to laugh without using jokes, humor or comedies. Started with just with just five people in a public park in Mumbai in 1995, it has grown into a worldwide movement of more than 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries.

Spreading rapidly in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, South East Asia, China and Africa, this new concept has been widely covered by prestigious publications like the TIME magazine, National Geographic, and the Wall Street Journal and featured on CNN, BBC, US networks and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Kataria is a keynote, motivational and inspirational speaker for companies, corporations and organizations all over the world. He has done seminars and workshops with UBS and Emirates Bank, IBM, Hewlett Packard, YPO (Young President Association), SAS and Emirates Airlines, Volvo Automobiles, Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Manpower and Social Welfare, Singapore Government, Western Australian Parliament, Dubai (UAE), HRD Congress Malaysia, the Dubai Wellbeing Show. It also includes Management Associations in Australia, Malaysia, Pakistan and India.

He is also a corporate consultant for holistic health, stress management, teambuilding, leadership, peak performance and communication skills to national and multinational corporations in India, USA, Canada, Europe, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore and Dubai.

A popular speaker, Dr. Kataria is featured frequently on television and radio worldwide and is associated with a number of research projects to measure the benefits of laughter. Recent studies in the USA and Bangalore, India using unconditional laughter have positively confirmed these benefits. This scientific confirmation of what has been observed in thousands of laughter groups marks a turning point in the acceptance of Laughter Yoga in business world and in schools, hospitals, old age centers and other areas.



Director Richard Taylor BS, CLWI, CLYL
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader


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Breathing Meditation To Let Go Of Longings or Attachments


Breathing Meditation – ‘Soooo-Hummmm’


Stay In Present To Let Go Of Past Longings or Attachments

Our mind has a habit of staying in the past, and remembers the glorious moments we had. ‘Sometimes our regrets.’  The past “good” and “bad”. We sometimes miss the wonderful things that happened. From frequent visits to the past, springs a desire for repeat actions, and one longs for more experiences in the future.

But, if we train our mind to stay in the present moment, and try to enjoy the best of it, we will not have any longings or attachments.

Exercise: In Laughter Yoga Retreats, we have ‘Soooo-Hummmm’, a kind of Breath Meditation – in Sanskrit it means: I am a part of the Universe. The microcosm and macrocosm are the same, and connected.

Focusing your awareness on the breath will keep you in the present moment, as both Breathing and Laughter, are activities which can only be performed in the present; you can’t breathe in the past or future.

How To Do Soooo-Hummmm Meditation

Step 1: Watch your in-breath and out-breath from beginning to end.

While inhaling, say Sooooooooooo (in your mind – non verbal) ………….

and while exhaling say Hummmm (also in your mind).

With complete attention on the breath, and the mind occupied on the mantra, you will notice your thought process will slow down significantly, and you will experience a calmness of the mind.

Step 2: Another important guideline about Soooo-Hummmm Meditation is that you should try and breathe as slowly and deeply as possible.
You should take about 4-6 breaths in a minute. (Normal breathing rate is 15 per minute). This will slow down the heart rate, and other physiological parameters.

Step 3: While bringing your awareness on the breath, imagine you are breathing into the entire body, not just into the lungs. Feel the air going to each and every cell of your body. And finally, with each breath, imagine your body is expanding into the Universe, to become one with the Universe. When you are completely engrossed in Breath Awareness, you will feel a sense of lightness, as if there is no body. There will also be very few thoughts in the mind.

Important: In the beginning, while focusing your awareness on the Breath, some thoughts will keep crossing your mind. This is okay, but do not get upset with these thoughts. Let them come. Your job is to keep bringing your awareness back to your Breath.

Excerpt From Dr. Kataria’s Diary: Used With Permission.

Come Join In Laughter For No Reason because Laughter Is The Best Medicine! – Richard





Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor


5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

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