Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training

The next training is March 8th & 9th 2014.

If you are interested in exploring effective ways to integrate Laughter Yoga into your personal and professional life, as a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, I can offer you professional teaching and genuine support in an intimate family-like setting. And now is the time to do it! At the end of the summer 2010, Laughter Yoga was featured on Forbes.com, in The New Yorker and a second article in Time Magazine. For details click here and scroll to the bottom. In addition, it has been on Oprah, The Nate Berkus Show, Dancing with the Stars and Wife Swap and featured in Yoga Journal numerous times over the years!

Why Choose Andréa and Portland Laughter Yoga?

Since 2009, I have lead ten trainings and trained 67 students (see all of our fun photos at the bottom of this page!). At least five of my students have gone on to become Laughter Yoga Teachers themselves and are spreading Laughter Yoga to their states (OR, WA, MT, NH). I led the Awakenings Laughter Club for 2 1/2 years. It was the first weekly Laughter Club in Portland to last more than a few months. I currently co-lead at the Hawthorne Laughter Club and I am on the search for a new spot to hold a weekly evening club. In addition, I have been in the local media several times over the years. I have worked with almost every type of audience (seniors, kids, corporate, persons w/ disabilities, birthdays etc.) and if I haven't (prisons would be an example) I know people who have! I have a passion for laughter and my students, which means my support continues to be available after your graduate. My corporate training and subsequent speaking experience come in to play, yet I offer this training in a relaxed, informal manner. This is Laughter Yoga after all! Fun and flexible are inherent. I have been described as "the approachable expert" by one of my students.  You will not regret getting your training from me.

The Dr Kataria School Of Laughter Yoga 

Two full weekend days of FUN becoming a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader! Very good, very good! YAY!

Workshop Schedule

  • Saturdays 9 am to 6:00 pm

  • Sundays 9 am to 6:00 pm (With a trip to a Laughter Club for graduation!) 

  • Introductory downloads will be emailed to you once you register with information to complete  before the in-person training. Estimated 4-6 hours of time to complete (reading, watching, listening).

Located near Eastmoreland/Sellwood area of SE Portland. Exact address will be given upon registration.** There is free parking and it is accessible by Tri-met bus.

This training is for you if want to:

  • Start you own laughter club and classes - free or paid
  • Offer presentations and awareness seminars on Laughter Yoga
  • Incorporate laughter into workshops and classes you already teach
  • Enjoy a weekend of fun, playfulness and great people
  • Laugh for hours on end for your own health & wellness

The basics you need to be a Certified LY Leader are covered in this 2-day training: History and benefits of Laughter Yoga; LY exercises; Facilitating LY for seniors, children, and businesses; Solo laughter; Yogic breathing; Access to free online club listing at laughteryoga.org & a discounted Prozone Membership when you first enroll; Practice, practice, and more practice! My students leave with actual experience leading.

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Ideal for anyone who wants to spread the benefits of laughter! Highly recommended for:

health care practitioners, healers, coaches, fitness & yoga instructors, teachers, healers, activists, those working with seniors and children, public speakers and corporate trainers

Certification training is two full days. You will learn Laughter Yoga exercises & techniques, practice leading a group and learn tips for starting a Laughter Yoga Club in your community. Get event more training details here, including a sample schedule!

This training also qualifies you to take the 5-day Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher training taught by Dr. Kataria himself or the four new Master Trainers who began offering training as of 2011!

As a new Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, you will be eligible to network with other professionals in a variety of ways. Once trained, everyone can list free clubs and events on the international page for no charge. You will also have the ability to join special Yahoo! and FaceBook Groups to network and learn from others in the field for free. The Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga offers the Laughter Yoga Pro Zone ($60/yr) to all leaders and teachers. Upon certification you will get 6 months free with the purchase of a year membership. As part of the Pro Zone, you will have access to an array of materials - DVDs and CDs with bulk discounts, articles, research, news updates, blog sites, graphics and various promotional tools - including a personalized profile listed on the #1 Laughter Yoga website - all part of an international network available from www.laughteryoga.org.

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* If we do not have enough people enrolled by the early-bird deadline to meet the minimum, class may be canceled. Please contact me prior to making travel arrangements if you are coming in from out of town.

** The training is held at my home. Unfortunately, my house is not wheelchair accessible. I also have a cat, so if you have known allergies, please bring medication. Please contact me if you have any concerns or if either of these prevents you from enrolling. 

Previous graduating classes:

February 2009June 2009 



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November 2010



 March 2011June 2011


October 2011March 2012June 2012 

November 2012

May 2013