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Laughter yoga was made popular as an exercise routine developed by Indian physician Madan Kataria, who writes about the practice in his 2002 book Laugh For No Reason.[1]

In the mid-1990s, laughter yoga was practiced in the early mornings in open parks, primarily by groups of older people. Later, a more formal version was created and popularized as “Laughter Clubs“. Kataria’s first Laughter Yoga Club began on 13 March 1995 in Mumbai, with five people in a local public park.[citation needed] The concept rapidly spread worldwide, and as of 2011, there were more than 8,000 Laughter Clubs in 65 countries.[citation needed] Each group is run by a “Laugh Captain” and operates independently.

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