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Merv Neal

Laughter Yoga Australia
Southbank, Victoria, Australia
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About me

Merv Neal is the CEO of Laughter Yoga Australia and a living example of the mantra “laughter is the best medicine”. After a successful career as a multi-millionaire businessman, a scary health diagnosis of a rare disease changed everything. By incorporating daily laughter into his rehabilitation program, he overcame his health issues and decided to explore more about laughter and why it made him well again.

After making contact with Dr Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga and the “Guru ... of Giggling”, Merv booked a flight to Mumbai to meet him and was invited to the 2005 International Laughter Conference. He was encouraged to participate in a laughing competition and, while initially hesitant, he took Dr Kataria’s advice to “laugh from the heart”. By doing so, Merv was ultimately awarded the “Best International Laughing Man” out of 1000 people!

Merv has been a Laughter Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner since 2002, founded Laughter Yoga Australia in 2005, runs the Melbourne Laughter Club, and is Australia’s leading gelotologist and laughing expert.

While there is no such thing as a “typical day” when you work in Laughter Yoga, you can often find him presenting keynotes at conferences as a professional speaker, conducting research studies with Deakin University and Monash Health, and facilitating workshops for commercial and community organisations.

Merv is passionate about sharing the positive impact that Laughter Yoga has on everyone and that it really does work. Through his company Laughter Yoga Australia, important research has been undertaken demonstrating the multitude health benefits of Laughter Yoga.

One of Merv’s greatest success stories is being acknowledged as a medically published author for his Research Study in Laughter Yoga into Monash Health’s kidney dialysis unit where he ran 30 minute Laughter Yoga sessions 3 times a week over 4 weeks and the incredible impact that this had on their patients!

Merv is based in Melbourne and travels all over Australia and internationally.
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Education and training

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Master Trainer

Holds a relevant Working With Children Check


Merv Neal’s studio location

Southbank, Victoria 3006 Australia

Exact location will be provided after booking

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COVID-19 recommendations Prior to making your in studio booking with your practitioner, please ensure that you discuss their obligations and compliance regarding the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Learn more
Discovery call session

A discovery call will provide an opportunity to ask questions and gain an understanding about your current challenges, goals and pain points. ... This is a key opportunity for us to start building a relationship and understand how I may be able to assist you.

You can also learn more about my expertise and knowledge, the success I have had in helping others with similar issues, and consider whether my offerings will be able to meet your needs.

Ultimately, a discovery call helps to determine if there is a good fit and we can decide if we would like to take the next steps together.
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This is a one time free session
15 min
Laughter Coaching ONLINE

In this 8 week 1 to 1 program you will have a daily interaction with your coach to enable you to laugh more fully and freely regardless of external ... circumstances.

Some of the demonstrated health benefits of Laughter Yoga includes:

- Boosts the immune system
- Regulates blood pressure
- Increases oxygen levels
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Manages pain
- Decreases stress
- Changes your mood within minutes
- Helps you cope better with negative situations, difficult people or upsetting circumstances
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8 hr
795 AUD
In studio
Laughter Leader Training ONLINE or in person

Attend a two-day training course to become a fully certified laughter facilitator affiliated with the Dr Kataria School of Laughter Yoga.

Who ... should attend: People wanting to provide Laughter Yoga to their clients or workplace, or anyone wanting to start a social Laughter Club

Why learn Laughter Yoga with us?

· Our training is fully accredited, and on successful completion, you will receive a certificate from the Dr Kataria School of Laughter Yoga
· The training is comprehensive and runs over two full days
· You will learn both the practical skills and the theoretical basis of laughter yoga
· You will have ample opportunity to put your skills into practice and be fully supported every step of the way.
· You will receive information on the latest trends and techniques in Laughter Yoga
· Learn laughter yoga in a safe, fun and empowering environment
· All learning styles are catered for, whether you are a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner

About your Trainer:

Merv has more than fifteen years’ experience in Laughter Yoga. He runs the Melbourne Laughter Club and has recently been appointed as a Master Trainer. At present, he is the only one in Australia. Merv also runs a successful Laughter Yoga Business that presents to a variety of organizations at their Conferences, Workshops, Staff Training Days, and Retreats. He also runs the 1 Day Advanced and 2 Day Laughter Yoga Business Training that enables people to improve their presentation and business skills


Merv Neal
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NB Spots are limited to 10 attendees to ensure quality.
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12 hr
395 AUD
In studio
Laughter Workshops ONLINE or in person

If you have a group of people then this 1 hour tailored workshop is ideal. The attendees will be given a full explanation of how Laughter Yoga ... works, the benefits of sustained intentional laughter, and then the experience of a full laughter session. It will be an experience that people will remember forever! Prices begin at $220inc GST. Contact Merv on 0408 552269 for any further details. Read more

1 hr
220 AUD
In studio