Pune: On the occasion of World Laughter Day, Navchaitanya Hasyoga Parivar performed comedy acts and life-lesson lectures on Sunday at Balgandharva Rangmandir. The event was organised not only for senior citizens but also for the youth to make them aware of the numerous health benefits of laughter.
The event included comedy acts and lectures on personality development by Manoj Ambikesh, who expressed his views on ‘Second Thinking’ issue. During the programme, Makarand Tilloo and Vithal Kate as Chief Advisor for the Parivar, felicitated Kirti Shiledar on the selection of State president of Marathi Natya Sammelan.
“Other than Pune, the Parivar has branches in Mumbai, Nashik, Thane, Satara, Sangli, Karad, Kolhapur, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad and other places. There are 1,500 laughter clubs all over Maharashtra and 165 senior citizens groups in Pune, who performed laughter sessions at their nearest garden. The one-hour session not only consists of laughter but also free-hand exercises and ‘Pranayam’ (breathing exercises), which carries several health benefits for all. We had many members, who complained of joint pains and nerve issues before joining ‘hasyoga,’ but after practising laughter, many said they were cured of their pains,” said Vithal Kate, President of Navchaitanya Hasyoga Parivar.
Makarand Tilloo, Co-coordinator of the Parivar, said, “Humour is not just a comedy but a symbol of happiness. Humour is a training to make an intermediate positive. In the coming years, humorous training will also be undertaken for the youth to reduce the stress.”