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. 

The class meets every Thursday. On the last class of the month, silent meditation is included in addition to Laughter Yoga. Laughter exercises warm up the mind-body and silent meditation helps facilitate a gentle deepening of mindful awareness.

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!

Watch the video of one of our classes.

Fee: Free, Sponsored by the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Location: Online. 

Registration: Drop-in; Click here to register online as you join the class. 


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.”

Laugh along with this Laughter Yoga Webinar taught by Teresa Corrigan, MA, RN, sponsored by UCSF Fitness: 


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