Differently from other cities in the world, Hanoi wakes up very early. People, both young and older, get out of their homes before dawn and head to parks, squares and many corners of the city for morning’s exercises. Some do Tai Chi, others immerse themselves in the melody and rhythm of a tango or salsa, and there are also people who just stand together and laugh out loud repeatedly. Sounds weird? It is actually the club Laughter Yoga, a new kind of yoga found by Indian Master Madan Kataria and brought to Vietnam not so long ago.
Today Laughter Yoga is the latest craze sweeping Hanoi. Every morning a large group gathers at Ly Thai To Statue next to Hoan Kiem Lake for the synchronized laughing exercises. A Laughter Yoga session is where you can laugh as genuinely as possible, without humor, funny jokes, or comedy – all you need is a willingness to laugh. As a combination of Laughter Exercises with Yogic Breathing, through practicing Laughing Yoga, one increases the amount of oxygen in the body while being playful. You will feel very healthy, energized, and alive right at the start of a new day. If the tinkling, uplifting, hilarious sound of laughter is what charms you then come join in a session of Laughter Yoga in the early morning, increase your health as well as your sense of happiness. Well, you surely won’t be able to stop laughing then!