Laughter Yoga

Laughter is contagious and has a powerful and immediate effect on our mind, body and spirit. Our bodies can’t tell the difference between real or simulated laughter. This class involves deep breathing, stretching, clapping, and laughter exercises. 

Watch the video of one of our classes.

Our laughter exercises in this class can:

  • Increase blood flow and oxygen to all the major organs
  • Enhance endorphin levels which make us feel uplifted and reduce pain
  • Stimulate immune, digestive, and cardiac systems
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Relax, strengthen, and lengthen the muscles with stretching
  • Help create a laughing community and be fun!

Fee: Free, Sponsored by the Mount Zion Health Fund

2018 Dates:
Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.:

  • January 10 and 24
  • February 7 and 21
  • March 7 and 21
  • April 4 and 18
  • May 2 and 16
  • June 6 and 20
  • July 11 
  • September 19
  • October 3 and 17
  • November 7 
  • December 5 and 19

Fridays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.:

  • January 5 and 19
  • February 2 and 16
  • March 2 and 16
  • April 13 and 27
  • May 11 and 25
  • June 1 and 15
  • July 6 and 20
  • September 14 and 28
  • October 12 and 26
  • November 16 & 30
  • December 14

Note: We also have a monthly Laughter Yoga and Meditation class one Wednesday evening per month.

Location: 1545 Divisadero Street, San Francisco

Registration: Drop-in; no registration necessary.

Contact: Email us or call (415) 353-7718.

Should you need accommodation in order to apply to or participate in a program offered by the Osher Center, please contact the Osher Clinic education coordinator at [email protected] or (415) 353-7718.

Quote from past participant:
"Joined my first laughing yoga/laughing meditation class yesterday at Mount Zion campus out of curiosity. After a whole hour of purely laughing for the sake of laughing with others who were doing just the same, I felt like crying. Such beautiful camaraderie … Namaste."

Learn more about laughter yoga at the Laughter Yoga University website and in this article from the Taipei Times,Laughter yoga helping the sick.”