On a breezy Sunday morning at Leisure Valley Park in Sector 29, Dr Umesh Sahgal breaks into consecutive lung-filling roaring lion laughs. On a cue, the 60-odd people sitting in front of him repeat the performance in unison, only with a higher decibel level.
Welcome to Laughter Together’, a Gurgaon-based laughter club formed by residents of DLF City. The club, formed around two months ago, aims at spreading laughter among more and more people.
As of now, the club has 60 members, most of them in the age group of 40-60. They regularly perform yoga, breathing exercises, mock laughter, lion’s laugh, sky walk, bow and arrow laugh, holy walk, self laugh and roller coaster laugh in unison.
Thrice a week — at J Block Park in DLF City Phase 2 on Wednesday and Saturday and at Leisure Valley Park in Sector 29 on Sunday — they gather for two consecutive sessions of 45 minutes each, free of cost.
President of Delhi Laughter Club, Dr Umesh Sahgal, played a vital role in establishing the club in Gurgaon.
“Exercise has always been seen a solution to prevent many modern-day ailments like stress, depression, gastric acidity, ulcers, blood pressure, asthma, allergy, diabetes and obesity. What we do is not much different from yoga. Here we do yoga while standing and by not being so serious,” explains Sahgal.
“When laughter is combined with exercising, it multiplies the impact and heals pain quickly. It has mental benefits, apart from physical advantages,” he added. The club has kindled a ray of hope to live a happy life among many. Usha Sehgal, a senior citizen, who used to be depressed, now feels cheerful.
“Laughter brings positive energy which helps to connect people quickly and improves relationships,” says 62-year-old Dhanraj Kundnani, one of the founder members of Laughter Together.