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.
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. The concept rapidly spread worldwide, and as of 2011, there were more than 8,000 Laughter Clubs in 65 countries. Each group is run by a “Laugh Captain” and operates independently.
- Laugh your stress and worries away with “laughter yoga”(weau.com)
- Owning our Health: Laughter’s tie to innate joy is truly medicinal(blogs.vancouversun.com)