ALTERNATIVE HEALTH, PSYCHOLOGY
A laughter-based exercise and well-being workout developed by a Dr. Madan Kataria of Mumbai.
Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humour, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter.
The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on the fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter; one gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. Realising the power of laughter and its efficacy as the best prescription for wellness, laughter clubs have changed the lives of many people suffering from physical and mental and emotional upset.
Here’s my favourite bit on their website, www.laughteryoga.org/index.php: for a special price of $135 (act now and save $44.70!), you get a kit which contains a book, games, CD and DVD–that teaches you how to laugh. I think I hear someone laughing in Bangalore on their way to the bank.
Not everyone is amused by Laughter, Inc, as witnessed by this feed from Mumbai: one of the local giggle groups was told to tone it down, as the Mumbai members’ mindless mirth had contributed to ‘mental agony, pain and public nuisance‘ suffered by Vinyak Shirsat and his family, per the Times of India.