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Laughter-Yoga University to come up near city

Bangalore is all set to hear loud laughter from more and more people with laughter-yoga therapy set to become a means of staying healthy in the city. Pushing the case would be the Laughter University.

To popularize laughter-yoga and conduct advanced research in laughter therapy, the world’s first Laughter University is all set to come up in Bangalore.

According to International Laughter Club Founder Madan Katari, the proposed varsity will come up on 16 acres near the Bengaluru International Airport in Devanahalli near Bangalore. During the first stage, Rs 10 crore is being spent on infrastructure and more work would be taken up later. The varsity would impart education on the new Laughter-yoga which is getting popular not only in India but also abroad.

He said, eminent medical practitioners from across the world would visit the varsity and conduct research on laughter therapy. Besides, they will also impart education on laughter and its vital necessity for a healthy life.

Replying to a query, he said, cases of high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis are on the rise in India. Laughter-yoga is a therapy which can prevent the above diseases. However, there has not been much research and practice on this aspect in the past. The new varsity would facilitate the researchers to take up advanced research and give productive tips to the society, he added.

So far, the International Laughter Club has opened 10,000 laughter clubs in 70 countries including in India and large sections of people have found solutions to their diseases, Madan said.

A laughter procession was taken out from Swami Vivekanand Circle up to the Akkana Balaga hall in Dharwad. Nearly, 30 art teams participated in the procession. Additional Deputy Commissioner Noor Mansur flagged-off the procession.

Laughter not only provides a full-scale workout for your muscles, it unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins. What’s more, your body can’t distinguish between real and fake laughter — any giggle will do.


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