Yoga and laughter have well discussed impacts on personal health, but a rather curious blend of 'laughter yoga' has swept across the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in a trend that has brought bright smiles and stress relief in a surprisingly effective and completely cost free manner. The movement brings Caracas into the fold of over 6,000 worldwide laughter clubs.
Venezuelans in Caracas are using 'laughter yoga' therapy to alleviate the stress of city life.
The therapy was created by Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria in 1995 and combines laughter with yogic breathing.
The sessions begin with warming up, followed by face exercises and laughter.
Participants are encouraged to look at one another, as laughter is known to be contagious.
Instructor Jesus Regetti told Reuters the therapy breaks down social barriers.
'Gender does not matter here, nor does economic level, where you come from, or political beliefs.
The intention is for people to come and laugh with other people for an hour or more. No matter what you know, you'll laugh in the end,' he said.
The laughter sessions in Venezuela are held for free, and often held in public parks and spaces.
One participant said the therapy helps them to forget about the countries uncertain political climate.
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