Noida- Members of Jalvayu Vihar Community Centre JVCC laughter club in sector 29 celebrated World Laughter Day, with the residents of Gautam Budh Nagar on April 29, 2022. 80 laughter yogis became a part of the fun celebration with their families.
World Laughter Day is a special day designated to build global awareness of Health, Happiness and World Peace through Laughter Yoga. It is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of May.
As gathered, this year, it was a low key affair due to COVID fear in Noida. Covid protocols were followed throughout the event.
The session was conducted by members of the club. Exciting activities of creating laughter yoga poses such as making lassi, jalebis and wine were performed. These were followed by silent, gradient and lion laughter poses. Bollywood songs led by Veena Grover and her team and dancing by senior citizens stole the show. Benefits of laughter like stress-busting, better immune system, positivity and oxygenating your lungs were highlighted.
Founder of Delhi Academy of Laughter Yoga, Dr Santosh Sahi, and Jal Vayu Vihar community centre, JWO RC Singh graced the occasion. Dr Madan Kataria, Founder Laughter Yoga Clubs Movement, started the first Laughter Club in Mumbai in March 1995, which spread to 110 countries. These free social laughter clubs, connect people from different cultures and countries.
Cdr Narinder Mahajan, a member, says, “This club has had an amazing journey since inception in 2014 by Commandor Ashok Sawhney. From just 5 to 10 of us initially, about 40-50 members meet daily now and laugh together for 30 minutes every day."
He shares that the club has members from other sectors of Noida and has helped many societies to start their clubs. The members act as Laughter Ambassadors and conduct laughter sessions in schools, hospitals, corporate offices and even onboard merchant ships on the high seas in other cities and sometimes, countries.
He further informed that the club played an important role in motivating and improving the mental health of people during Covid waves. The sessions were held on Zoom. They also received a trophy and certificate from Dainik Jagran for the same. "The club not only celebrates birthdays of members and their near ones with buddies but also celebrates all festivals together. Our motto is ‘World Peace through Laughter." he says.
Poonam Alok, Member, Laughter club JVCC says, “The fear of Covid had engulfed my mind in such a way that there was no confidence left in me. I didn’t feel like doing any work. The time spent in Laughter yoga destressed me and made my mind fresh. I also believe that it has also made my immunity stronger. I strongly recommend laughter yoga to everyone.”
Dhaninder Kakkar, another member of the JVCC laughter club says, “Before joining laughter yoga, I remained stressed and my sodium level was very low. However, within a month, I improved a lot and my sodium level inched toward normal limits. Now, I find myself much more active and positive and also very happy. Laughter yoga is a boon to my life.”
Saroj Negi, a member of the JVCC laughter club says, “I was introduced to laughter yoga in March 2022. I feel lucky to be a part of it, I spent 30 minutes every day. It gives me positive vibes, happiness, energy and physical strength to be active the whole day. In this club, we celebrate birthdays together, which gives a feeling of being a family.”