Monnet Zubieta studied with Dr. Madan in 2007 and became a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher.  Since then, she has been bringing more joy and laughter to her life and the lives of others. Monnet has presented Laughter Yoga to a variety of audiences at; retreats, conferences, businesses, senior centers and health care facilities.

Monnet has a Master’s degree in Cross Cultural Communications and a Certificate Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.

  1. BulletShe has been teaching public speaking, organizational communication and cross cultural communication classes at Santa Rosa Junior College since the late 80’s. 

  2. BulletShe created an online public speaking class.

  3. BulletShe has developed and delivered programs in  diversity, cross cultural, team building and leadership for multinational companies. 

  4. BulletShe lived and taught English as a Foreign in Japan for 2 years.

  5. BulletShe facilitates Safe School Ambassador programs at schools around the country. 

  6. BulletShe leads monthly "Awakening Joy" groups.

  7. BulletShe leads three free laughter clubs every week.

  8. BulletShe offers Laughter Retreats several times a year where she trains Laughter Yoga Leaders.

  9. BulletShe is the producer and host of More Joy, The Laughter Show.

  10. BulletShe is a member of the Family Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

  11. BulletShe is a Certified Heart Math Trainer.

  12. BulletShe loves to laugh, so she does it every day.

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Monnet’s passion and mission is to bring more joy and laughter to her life and the lives of others. Monnet did not grow up with any interest in religion or spirituality.  It wasn’t until she had five surgeries in one summer when she was twenty-five years old that she had an epiphany, “I am more than a physical body, I am a spiritual being”.  After that she explored every form of new age thinking, ancient wisdom and alternative healing she could find.


Monnet did her first month long Buddhist meditation retreat in Thailand in 1991.  She continues to practice and study the teachings of the Buddha.  She is grateful to all of her teachers on that path, especially: the Dalai Lama, Ajhan Amaro, Ajhan Jumnien, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Jack Kornfield and James Baraz.  It was through the Awakening Joy course taught by James that Monnet first found Laughter Yoga.  She went to her first Laughter Club in 2007.  In that same year she met and studied with the founder, Dr. Madan Kataria, to become a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. Monnet has found that it is more fun laughing with others than alone, so she leads laughter clubs a couple of times a week and has presented Laughter Yoga: at conferences, festivals, in retreat settings, for businesses, at schools, at senior centers and in a variety of health care facilities with staff and patients.  


Monnet began practicing yoga in 1992 while living at the Kundalini Yoga Center in Kobe, Japan.  For two years she began each day with 2 1/2 hours of sadhana, which included; breathing, yoga postures, chakra activation, meditation, and devotional chanting.   Since then she has practiced a variety of styles of yoga with many teachers.  Spring 2012, while in India, Monnet completed a 200-hour yoga teacher certification course.  The kundalini yoga sadhana led to an appreciation of Bhakti practices. Devotional singing and dancing are her favorite ways to surrender into bliss.  She is grateful that the Bay Area offers so many styles and opportunities for ecstatic dance, including Sufi dancing which combines singing and dancing. Because of her love for kirtan she has been studying raga and Sufi Qawwali singing with Sukhawat Ali Khan in 2009.  


Monnet has a Masters Degree in Cross Cultural Communication and a certificate degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.  She has been teaching communication classes at Santa Rosa Junior College since the late 80’s. She went to Kobe, Japan for two years in the early 90’s to teach English as a Foreign Language. She has developed and delivered programs in; diversity, cross cultural communication, team building and leadership for multinational companies, including; IBM, Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent, JDS Uniphase, Guidant and many more.


Some people say Laughter is the best medicine.  Monnet says, “I know from experience LSD is better. Not the drug, I am talking about Laughing, Singing and Dancing”.  She believes that combining ancient Vedic practices with modern positive psychology techniques along with a bit of LSD, abiding in bliss can be our perpetual state of being.