A week long Laughter Club Meditation camp was organized at Suniket Park, Indore, India by laughter professionals Radhika Bisht and Jagat Singh Bisht. The response was astounding and those new to the concept were amazed to discover laughter flowing effortlessly like a fountain during the Laughter Meditation segment. Some of them were laughing naturally after so many years. And, they couldn’t believe it! So, next morning they came along with all their family members. Such is the power of laughter!
The session included copious breathing exercises and a number of guided relaxation techniques. Instead of doing the sessions while standing up, the participants sat down all through on yoga mats in a relaxed manner. This facilitated those who had physical problems to participate in the program. There were many of them who said that they felt relieved of long time depression, head ache and limb pain. The new format of doing Laughter Club has been well received many more such camps have been proposed.
Radhika Bisht and Jagat Singh Bisht,
Certified Laughter Club Teachers,
The camp was well covered by national dailies:
Here is an excerpt from the report published in Hindustan Times, Indore, May 25:
Atanu Sen Gupta, a marketing executive in a multinational company now greets people with a smile, doesn’t feel the work stress and is all set for his next business trip. His better half Tannistha, doesn’t crib anymore, even when her maid is on leave. Sounds unusual, doesn’t it? But it is true going by the experiences of this couple and many others who participate in ‘laughter meditation’ camp.
“Laughter is a serious job. It needs to be done with proper guidance. We tell people to forget the past, avoid thinking about the future, just be in present and laugh,” said Bisht. This is the first time that a camp of this sort has been organized and would continue till Saturday.
GS Narang, who attended the first day of the camp alone, now gets his entire family along. “I just felt healthy and relaxed after the session, so I got my wife and son along too. I even asked my father-in-law and mother-in-law, who have come down from Jabalpur, to join me.”
Another participant Bindu Patel, an active practitioner of art of living, encouraged a group of youngsters to attend the session. “We all are preparing for civil exams and hence, we thought that this was the best way to deal with the stress,” said Patel.
“I have arthritis for last few years and used to think of joining them for a long time but I just used to sit in my balcony and look. Now, I finally gathered courage to come down from my apartment and be a part of it. I would suggest people not to delay joining the laughter sessions,” said Sarita Chugh.
For ten- year- old Advait Pradhan, Laughter Club helps him perform better in studies and other activities. Another housewife Anita Punjabi says that it has helped her deal with the headache. Looking at their glowing faces, a morning walker Vilas Chandwaskar says, “I have been coming to this park for last so many years but I have never seen it get as lively as it is has after the laughter session.”
The following excerpt is from The Times of India
Laughter Yoga is fast emerging as the healing balm for people having their life full of stress. This therapy has attracted a lot of people from all walks of life barring age as they find it a natural stress reliever.
For Amita Punjabi, a housewife, the Laughter Club has proved to be a complete cure for her severe headaches. Even teenagers have found a new love in the unique exercise. Rakshit, a Class VII student, who is regular at Laughter Club classes, said that it is like a game for him as he does not feel any kind of loneliness while attending the Laughter Club classes.
Mukesh, a practicing advocate, says, "We meet criminals as part of our job quite often. Once I give them some tips of laughter medicine, they completely open up before me which helps me a lot in putting up their cases in court."…
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