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Madan laughs out loud

Laughter Yoga practitioners lead a group of about 40 people in an hour of laughing in New York City’s Riverside Park. Dr. Madan Kataria, a Mumbai, India, physician, thinks one of the keys to fighting stress and depression is laughter. So he started the first laughter club in 1995, and has since taken them around the world. Participants start sessions, which normally last 30 minutes, with yoga breathing, then move to fake laughter exercises, accompanied by simple actions, such as acting like a lion. According to Dr. Kataria, the idea is to “fake it, until you make it.” The forced laughter becomes real, and participants come away energized by the experience.


Laughter Yoga session in a park. Photo by Randall Rode
Photo by Randall Rode
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The Steps of Laughter Yoga: Clips from sessions around the world provide a brief intro to the art of Laughter Yoga.



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Kevin picks a pillow fight Joe's 82 and still breaking records Happiness class at Harvard Bhutan's king guages bliss Kurt paddles close to home Tina quits her day job
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Mark keeps the Secular Sabbath Ceclie savors the slow life Titus offers a wet-nose touch Ricard's brain lights up Madan laughs out loud A prison meditates

 


 

The Happiness-in-Action Heroes are part of Sustainable Happiness, the Winter 2009 issue of YES! Magazine.
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