A Laughter Club That Rocks!
Let us begin with a story about the club that appeared in the Hindustan Times. Here it is:
LAUGH OUT LOUD
By Amrita U Kadam, firstname.lastname@example.org
INDORE: For the last 104 weeks, the residents near Suniket park Saket have been looking forward to waking up early on Sundays for the laughter get- together. Neither rain nor cold or heat have interrupted these sessions as Suniket Laughter Club completed two years on October 17.
With the crème de- la crème of Indore opting for this lighter way of exercise, the club has become a close knit family with over 40 permanent members, including income tax officers, managers, builders, industrialists, businessmen, school principals and their kin.
Certified laughter yoga professors, assistant general manager (training), of SBI Jagat Singh Bisht and his wife Radhika Bisht started the club for the residents of the Suniket apartment.
Later, as the word spread, people started joining from the other areas as well. We now have people coming from all parts of the city. Nearly 30- 40 members come every Sunday. In fact the punctuality of this club is what makes it stand apart, says Jagat who has plans to cut the laughter cake on Sunday to mark the clubs birthday.
As the family grew, the members did not limit the meetings to laughter exercises only but also began sharing the happy moments. A few of our members have opened new businesses in the city. They invite the club members on such occasions. We visit their families during a fest, says Jagat. He adds that laughter yoga helps in relieving stress and the members have seen a change in their way of working, their take on their routine activities and now feel healthy, both physically and mentally.
This year, the club members would have a special laughter session during which they would celebrate with its members aged between 3 to 90 years.
We have members of all age groups. We have grandparents, grandchildren coming together and many working class people and housewives, says Jagat.
The female club members also have yoga sessions everyday with Radhika and then have a get together on the last Friday of every month.
Our club believes in spreading happiness. Most importantly these members have been attached with us for a long time for they have felt the benefits of laugher yoga and hence the number of members has been increasing ever since its inception, Jagat added.
(Courtesy: Hindustan Times, Indore, 21st October 2012)
This story is superbly done and almost covers what we would have wanted to share on this occasion. We are, however, tempted to share something more about our club:
We stick to the basics of Laughter Yoga, begin and finish sessions on time, and add a couple of new laughter exercises picked-up from all over the world every week to our repertoire. We include a lot of follow-the-leader and singing-dancing-playing and laughter. We devote time to create new laughter exercises from time to time.
The highlights of our club include:
- One week laughter meditation camp
- Personality Development Thru Fun workshop for children
- Celebration of World Laughter Day
- Visit of Laughter Leaders from Eltham Laughter Club, Australia under Laughter Yoga Exchange Programme
- Visit of Gulyora Shermatova, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher from Tashkent under Laughter Yoga Exchange Programme
Celebration of birthday of club
- Yoga and Laughter Yoga for ladies (Monday-Friday)
- 3 certified laughter yoga teachers and more than a dozen certified laughter yoga leaders among our club members
On this occasion we would like to express our gratitude to Dr Madan Kataria, founder of laughter clubs movement, for encouraging us on a regular basis. Many laughter teachers and leaders from all over the world appreciate our efforts from time to time and inspire us by their brilliant work. Last but not the least, we thank all our members and laughter lovers of Indore who have contributed to the success story of our club.
Suniket Laughter Club rocks!
Radhika Bisht and Jagat Singh Bisht
Suniket Laughter Club