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Join us for this exciting 2-Day Laughter Yoga Leader Training, led by Karen Siugzda and Joan Castellano!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register NOW and save $25. (expires 2/28/19)
Pay only $300 for two full, interactive, and experiential days of laughter, health, and learning!

13 Contact Hour Credits
are available for Activity Professionals, certified by NCCAP

To register please email Joan: joan.zarod@gmail.com or call: 201-240-5073



On March 30th and 31st the halls of Mercer Council, in Lawrence, NJ will ring with laughter, as Karen Siugzda and Joan Castellano, both certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, conduct a Laughter Yoga Leader training session. In this experiential 2-day program, you will learn about and practice Laughter Yoga, a full-body wellness workout. You’ll also explore the physical, emotional and psychological benefits that laughter provides! Recent studies have shown that laughter affects the brain in the same way as meditation, and has many health benefits. Laughter Yoga incorporates laughter exercises with pranayama (yogic breathing) to teach you how to laugh intentionally.  There are no yoga poses and no comedy routines, just playful and fun activities using eye-contact in a group setting.

In these 2 fun-filled, action packed days, you will:

  • learn the history of laughter yoga
  • understand how laughter yoga works
  • explore the methodology of laughter yoga
  • fully experience and engage with this amazing wellness practice
  • gain insights on starting a laughter club
  • be inspired to share laughter yoga with others

You’ll leave this training feeling uplifted and informed. You’ll have a wonderful set of tools to help enhance your life and well-being, as well as of those you love.

You’ll also be certified to lead others in Laughter Yoga sessions, sharing the vibration of joy, connection and wellness throughout your community. This can be for a laughter club, community event, co-workers, church groups…. and so much more.

:: What is Laughter Yoga (LY)?  ::::::::::

This Body-Mind therapy was developed by Dr. Madan Kataria, Physician from Mumbai, India. LY was launched in a Park on March 13, 1995 with merely a handful of persons. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with thousands of participants in over 100 countries! 10 to 15 minutes of hearty laughter without jokes or comedy will stimulate your feel-good hormones (Endorphins/Serotonin) that last for hours! Once a person completes this 2-day training, they are certified to create a laughter club and conduct their own Laughter Yoga sessions, for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Health Benefits include:

  • Lowers blood pressure & improves circulation
  • Provides a light aerobic workout
  • Increases deep oxygenation to organs & brain
  • Raises self-esteem
  • Lowers anxiety and stress (Cortisol)
  • Reduces depression
  • Lifts your mood by increasing ‘feel good’ hormones (Endorphins)
  • Increases pain blockers (Dopamine)
  • Jump-starts your immune system
  • Aids in combating infections / autoimmune diseases
  • Helps one to deeply relax all the muscles
  • Reduces stress and body tensions
  • Improves one’s sleep
  • Connects us by increasing Social Skills and Trust in a Group Setting-Increasing Resiliency and Emotional Intelligence!
  • Inspires unconditional laughter, joy and playfulness!

:: Who should attend?  ::::::::::

  • Teachers
  • Therapists
  • Yoga Instructors
  • Physical Therapists
  • Clergy
  • Care-givers
  • Gym Teachers
  • Activity Directors
  • Senior Recreation Specialists
  • Treatment & Recovery Therapists
  • HR Directors
  • Nurses & Doctors
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Anyone who wants to improve their physical, mental & emotional wellness!

:: Who qualifies? ::::::::::

No special experience is necessary. Anyone can partake, who can work aerobically standing up or sitting for at least 30 minutes at a time, and is serious about committing to a self-transforming training! We are disability friendly and can work with you!

:: What do I get?  ::::::::::

All participants will get:

  • TWO FULL DAYS of practice while learning 60+ exercises and laughter yoga theory
  • Dr. Kataria’s E-Book: ‘Laugh for No Reason’
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader e-manual & printed manual
  • Your internationally recognized Certificate as a Laughter Yoga Leader
  • Inspiration to start your own laughter club, or simply use the skills learned for your own health and well-being
  • Laughter Yoga Leader colleagues locally and from around the world!

13 Contact Hour Credits
are available for Activity Professionals, certified by NCCAP

:: What do I bring to training? ::::::::::

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes (barefoot is fine too!); bring a mat or blanket to do floor exercises (no strenuous poses) that anyone can do.

Please bring any snacks you may want and a bagged lunch. Refrigerator and microwave are available.

:: What does it cost?  ::::::::::

2-Day Laughter Yoga Leader training cost is $325
Early Bird Deal: $300 (register by 2/28/19)
Bring a Friend Deal: Register with a friend and you each save $25
(not to be combined with the Early Bird Deal)

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader/Teachers can join us for the refresher rate of $100!

:: Where is the training held? ::::::::::

Mercer Council on Alcoholism & Drug Addiction
1931 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrence, NJ 08648





“I highly recommend the 2 day Laughter Yoga Leader Training workshop. This course covered a lot of information that was very easy to absorb. We practiced a lot of laughter exercises which made the class energetic and fun! I had taken many Laughter Yoga classes before but I learned so much more in this training. I now feel confident to go out and teach a Laughter Yoga class on my own.”

Lorraine N.


“Thanks for a fun and informative training! I thought it was great! I especially appreciated the opportunity to dive right in and experience Laughter Yoga that first morning. It was everything I expected it to be!

All the additional resources are fantastic, too. Thanks again for everything! I appreciate you both sharing your expertise and your laughter!”

Julie S.


“Thank you so much for facilitating the training. I really left feeling that it was one of the most unique and uplifting experiences I’ve had. I felt like the training was well balanced between learning and practicing the different techniques. I definitely walked away feeling like I could teach this. I’m looking forward to bringing a laughter class to the studio.”

Alyssa Z.


“What a fabulous weekend it was with you and all our laughter friends that we hadn’t yet met!! I cannot express fully just how warm and fuzzy I feel from the experience, especially considering I went into it fully believing that LY is the right path for me but, oh, how was I going to manage with a room full of people I’d never met and to be with them all for two full days? I’ve never felt so comfortable within a group that size for so many hours and having just met everyone. It was truly magical. Thank you, to you both, for creating the supportive, safe space for those feelings to emerge and blossom. I look back on the weekend and feel such peace, such joy and continue to visualize the smiles and laughter on everyone’s faces, especially my laughter buddy (Jodi).

Thank you, again, for the amazing training, the skills I’ve learned, the support, the fun. I’d gladly do it all over again and am so grateful to you both for putting together this tremendous training program. As we said in one of the many affirmations, “I am AMAZING, you are AMAZING, WE ARE AMAZING!!’. Let’s do this!! I’m ready to stumble and get back up again. You’ve given us the skills, you’ve given us the guidelines and resources, and now we can rock and roll. Have a beautiful, laughter-filled day!!”

Miriam G.




Karen Siugzda, CLWI, CLYT discovered Laughter Yoga during a very difficult time in her life and proclaims it has truly been a saving grace. She realized the amazing benefits of laughter after just one laughter session! It only took two sessions for her to realize that this simple, fun, yet wonderfully healing activity is an integral part of her life’s journey, then she immediately became an instructor. Obtaining a dual certification in 2012 as both a “Certified Laughter Yoga Leader” as well as “Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor,” Karen has been bringing healing laughter to communities and corporate environments alike. In 2015, Karen made her internet-radio debut, discussing the benefits of Laughter Yoga and leading a session LIVE on the air. And in 2017 Karen extended her training and is now a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher.  Since her initial training in 2012, Karen has led many Laughter Yoga sessions for community, corporate, support centers, cancer centers, Alzheimers Association, local libraries, and more.


Joan Castellano, CLYT works with people to bring more laughter into their lives. She is CPR certified, insured and has a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, Teachers College. She is currently employed at ACAP, a mental health training/graduate school in Livingston NJ.

Joan has facilitated Laughter Yoga at area colleges, senior homes, community centers, staff retreat, hospitals and other community groups. She decided to become a laughter yoga leader after the loss of a beloved job. She began laughing regularly at a laughter club in NYC and just fell in love with the benefits she felt. Her life has and continues to transform in numerous ways due to her ability to laugh at life and be mindful through deep diaphragmtic breathing. She is so thrilled to have partnered with Karen to train and inspire those who want to give so generously through shared laughter and community.


Refund Policy: Up to 2 weeks before the training date we will refund you minus $35. Less than 2 weeks, cost can be put toward future training.