Laughter yoga or laughter therapy promises to relieve stress and strengthen the immune system. Dozens of instructors from as far away as Zimbabwe and Venezuela recently gathered for a training session in Rosemont with Madan Kataria, an Indian doctor widely credited with starting laughter yoga in 1995.
Laughter therapy is not about watching a funny movie or telling jokes. No one performs except their mascot, a Tickle Me Elmo doll, which is placed in the middle of the circle. It is about sharing joy, about breathing, increasing circulation and lightening the load, Munro said.