Walking in the park in Mumbai, New York, California, London, Frankfurt, Rome, Auckland, Sydney, Taipei or Beijing? Don't be surprised to hear chants of Ho Ho - Ha Ha Ha from groups of people doing Laughter Yoga.
Are they getting hooked on happiness?
Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea, simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is fast sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout. It is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, an Indian physician from Mumbai who started the first laughter club in a park on 13th March 1995, with just 5 people. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 social laughter clubs in 60 countries like India, USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Europeans Countries and of course Latin-American countries like Colombia, Mexico and many more.
Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, 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 a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.
This innovative concept has been widely accepted all over the world and has been written about in prestigious publications like TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, The Angeles Times, Daily Telegraph (UK) and many others. Laughter clubs were also featured on Oprah Winfrey Show, BBC, CNN, ZDF (Germany), NHK (Japan), ABC News (USA) and many other TV networks around the world. Several documentaries have also been shown in different languages worldwide. This strong media coverage has helped to spread Laughter Yoga to almost every part of the world with more and more people joining the laughter family.
Laughter Yoga exercises is not a substitute for proper medical consultation for physical, mental and psychological illnesses and may not be suitable for everyone. They are contra-indicated for people suffering from uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, epilepsy, any kind of hernia, after recent abdominal surgery, those with exercise induced asthma, severe backache and major psychiatric disorders. Other relative contraindications are pregnancy with history of bleeding and miscarriage, retinal detachment or retinal hemorrhage, acute chest infections.
This list is for guidance only and is not meant to be exhaustive. If in doubt, do not try them, and consult your trained medical professional for guidance. Anyone already undergoing physician-prescribed therapy should seek the advice of his or her doctor before reducing the dosage or stopping such treatment.
Even a normal person experiencing discomfort while laughing must discontinue immediately and seek expert medical help. Please use your common sense: no strain, no new pain. We disclaim any liability or loss, personal or otherwise, resulting from the procedures and information in this Therapy.