Differences Between Laughter Yoga and
Infinity Laughter (formerly Laughter Gym)
© ĐƠN GIẢN (aka Dave Berman)
February 18, 2024
(Version 2.1 - Download as .pdf)
#1 

Laughter Yoga - Starts with the premise "fake it til you make it.” This promotes inauthenticity and often inaccurately suggests the mind, brain, or body can’t distinguish fake from real laughter.  

Infinity Laughter - Starts with two principles: “your infinite laughter supply is always available,” and “if it is true about laughter it is true about life.” Emphasizes authenticity, exploration, and self-discovery. Notes the body can’t distinguish laughing on purpose from laughing at something funny. 

#2 

Laughter Yoga - Introduced with a standard (yet often misstated and rambling) lecture of five points, four steps, and three reasons for how and why to do Laughter Yoga. Classes sometimes end with short discussion.  

Infinity Laughter - Newcomers encouraged only to explore their breath and sound, take responsibility for their own experience and wellbeing, and notice what’s new and different to share in the discussion held in every session following 15 minutes of laughter. 

#3 

Laughter Yoga - Typically facilitated via laughter exercises, or techniques. Based in form.

Infinity Laughter - Laughter explored formlessly as “the sound of joyful breathing,” to discover an embodied understanding without needing techniques.

#4 

Laughter Yoga - Claims to be unconditional laughter because it excludes jokes and comedy, but laughter exercises actually make it conditional. 

Infinity Laughter - 100% unconditional laughter. 

#5 

Laughter Yoga - Typically facilitated by one or more people showing and telling others what to do. 

Infinity Laughter - Open invitation to explore breath and sound, like a fun and noisy meditation. No facilitation, only a unique daily prompt to notice and discuss the experience after 15 minutes of laughter.

#6 

Laughter Yoga - Activity coordinated and synchronized among participants (chants, clapping, movement, exercises). 

Infinity Laughter - Participants encouraged to explore. Unique individual experiences expected, then discussed. 

#7 

Laughter Yoga - Facilitators taught, then teach the same. This can spread intellectual knowledge without embodied understanding (stale sharing). 

Infinity Laughter - I share what I’ve discovered for myself through experience, spontaneously facilitating according to my awareness and embodied understanding in each new NOW (fresh sharing). 

#8 

Laughter Yoga - By culture and tradition, promoted as a free social club. 

Infinity Laughter - Exploring and discovering the implications of your infinite laughter supply requires a modest investment in this group coaching.  

#9 

Laughter Yoga - Intention for health, happiness, and world peace as a direct result of laughter. 

Infinity Laughter - Intention for inner peace and elimination of mental suffering emerging indirectly from embodied understanding of the Principles of Laughter. 

#10 

Laughter Yoga - Requires effort: to explain/demonstrate, to move, and to learn/remember for future sessions.  

Infinity Laughter - Effortless: only breath and sound, minimal movement, different each time. 

#11 

Laughter Yoga - Generic certificates awarded regardless of experience or demonstrated competency. 

Infinity Laughter - No certificates. Unique Laughter Life Lessons discovered via experience and discussion. 

#12 

Laughter Yoga - Many varied applications allow sharing of basic experience in different contexts. 

Infinity Laughter - Many varied implications (ripple effects) spontaneously occur as insights about what’s already been learned. 

#13 

Laughter Yoga - Playfulness demonstrated for imitation. 

Infinity Laughter - Playfulness experienced authentically and uniquely by each participant as one of our infinite supplies always available. 

#14 

Laughter Yoga - Overlooks the hypnotic nature of laughter. 

Infinity Laughter - Leverages the hypnotic nature of laughter. 

#15

Laughter Yoga - Hierarchical certifications designate Master Trainers. 

Infinity Laughter - Endless exploration is not a mastery model.

#16

Laughter Yoga - Teaches singing, dancing, laughing, and playing are the four elements of joy.

Infinity Laughter - Suggests singing, dancing, laughing, and playing are four of the infinite elements of joy always available to be discovered within.

#17

Laughter Yoga - Promotes childlike playfulness without accounting for most children's boredom and growth requiring new experiences.

Infinity Laughter - Adults play with whatever shows up, assuming we can always notice and grow from what’s new and different.

#18

Laughter Yoga - Encourages people to “know laughter, do laughter, be laughter.”

Infinity Laughter - Explores surrendering to being laughed.

#19

Laughter Yoga - Laughter is intermittent, punctuated by the facilitator’s spoken instructions for deep breathing and the next laughter exercise.

Infinity Laughter - Laughter is continuous and uninterrupted, breathing is self-regulated, and talking occurs afterward.

#20

Laughter Yoga - Laughter yoga clubs meet around the world with much in common, and some unique aspects of the location and facilitator.

Infinity Laughter - There is only one Infinity Laughter group.
To learn more and participate in Infinity Laughter, enroll in the Principles of Laughter program.
Differences Between 
Laughter Yoga and
Infinity Laughter 
(formerly Laughter Gym)
© ĐƠN GIẢN (aka Dave Berman)
February 18, 2024
(Version 2.1 - Download as .pdf)
#1 

Laughter Yoga - Starts with the premise "fake it til you make it.” This promotes inauthenticity and often inaccurately suggests the mind, brain, or body can’t distinguish fake from real laughter.  

Infinity Laughter - Starts with two principles: “your infinite laughter supply is always available,” and “if it is true about laughter it is true about life.” Emphasizes authenticity, exploration, and self-discovery. Notes the body can’t distinguish laughing on purpose from laughing at something funny. 

#2 

Laughter Yoga - Introduced with a standard (yet often misstated and rambling) lecture of five points, four steps, and three reasons for how and why to do Laughter Yoga. Classes sometimes end with short discussion.  

Infinity Laughter - Newcomers encouraged only to explore their breath and sound, take responsibility for their own experience and wellbeing, and notice what’s new and different to share in the discussion held in every session following 15 minutes of laughter. 

#3 

Laughter Yoga - Typically facilitated via laughter exercises, or techniques. Based in form.

Infinity Laughter - Laughter explored formlessly as “the sound of joyful breathing,” to discover an embodied understanding without needing techniques.

#4 

Laughter Yoga - Claims to be unconditional laughter because it excludes jokes and comedy, but laughter exercises actually make it conditional. 

Infinity Laughter - 100% unconditional laughter. 

#5 

Laughter Yoga - Typically facilitated by one or more people showing and telling others what to do. 

Infinity Laughter - Open invitation to explore breath and sound, like a fun and noisy meditation. No facilitation, only a unique daily prompt to notice and discuss the experience after 15 minutes of laughter.

#6 

Laughter Yoga - Activity coordinated and synchronized among participants (chants, clapping, movement, exercises). 

Infinity Laughter - Participants encouraged to explore. Unique individual experiences expected, then discussed. 

#7 

Laughter Yoga - Facilitators taught, then teach the same. This can spread intellectual knowledge without embodied understanding (stale sharing). 

Infinity Laughter - I share what I’ve discovered for myself through experience, spontaneously facilitating according to my awareness and embodied understanding in each new NOW (fresh sharing). 

#8 

Laughter Yoga - By culture and tradition, promoted as a free social club. 

Infinity Laughter - Exploring and discovering the implications of your infinite laughter supply requires a modest investment in this group coaching.  

#9 

Laughter Yoga - Intention for health, happiness, and world peace as a direct result of laughter. 

Infinity Laughter - Intention for inner peace and elimination of mental suffering emerging indirectly from embodied understanding of the Principles of Laughter. 

#10 

Laughter Yoga - Requires effort: to explain/demonstrate, to move, and to learn/remember for future sessions.  

Infinity Laughter - Effortless: only breath and sound, minimal movement, different each time. 

#11 

Laughter Yoga - Generic certificates awarded regardless of experience or demonstrated competency. 

Infinity Laughter - No certificates. Unique Laughter Life Lessons discovered via experience and discussion. 

#12 

Laughter Yoga - Many varied applications allow sharing of basic experience in different contexts. 

Infinity Laughter - Many varied implications (ripple effects) spontaneously occur as insights about what’s already been learned. 

#13 

Laughter Yoga - Playfulness demonstrated for imitation. 

Infinity Laughter - Playfulness experienced authentically and uniquely by each participant as one of our infinite supplies always available. 

#14 

Laughter Yoga - Overlooks the hypnotic nature of laughter. 

Infinity Laughter - Leverages the hypnotic nature of laughter. 

#15

Laughter Yoga - Hierarchical certifications designate Master Trainers. 

Infinity Laughter - Endless exploration is not a mastery model.

#16

Laughter Yoga - Teaches singing, dancing, laughing, and playing are the four elements of joy.

Infinity Laughter - Suggests singing, dancing, laughing, and playing are four of the infinite elements of joy always available to be discovered within.

#17

Laughter Yoga - Promotes childlike playfulness without accounting for most children's boredom and growth requiring new experiences.

Infinity Laughter - Adults play with whatever shows up, assuming we can always notice and grow from what’s new and different.

#18

Laughter Yoga - Encourages people to “know laughter, do laughter, be laughter.”

Infinity Laughter - Explores surrendering to being laughed.

#19

Laughter Yoga - Laughter is intermittent, punctuated by the facilitator’s spoken instructions for deep breathing and the next laughter exercise.

Infinity Laughter - Laughter is continuous and uninterrupted, breathing is self-regulated, and talking occurs afterward.

#20

Laughter Yoga - Laughter yoga clubs meet around the world with much in common, and some unique aspects of the location and facilitator.

Infinity Laughter - There is only one Infinity Laughter group.
To learn more and participate in Infinity Laughter, 
enroll in the Principles of Laughter program.