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When Sirippanantha came calling in Chennai

Tuesday, 21 June 2016
NT Bureau

Chennai: Anna Park Walkers Exnora organised a special programme on 'Laughing yoga therapy' by Sirippanantha, a renowned laughing yoga therapist (original name is Sampath) on the park premises on Circular Road, Kodambakkam, Chennai, recently.

More than 200 people participated in the event that was coordinated by Anna Park Walkers Exnora president K M Kannan, secretary Meenakshi and treasurer Radhakrishnan.

Speaking about this, president of Exnora Greater Chennai, Govindaraj, said, "It was a laugh riot. This kind of activity is done to spread joy."

Explaining the benefits of this therapy, Meenakshi said, "Many elders suffer from diabetes and depression. Laughter yoga has healing effects that not only relaxes the mind but also helps to exercise the body. Some of the styles exercised during the event were jumping, dancing, clapping and lying down."

It is to be noted that Sirippanantha who got the moniker after his laughter yoga classes, was a diabetic patient himself since he was 25 and had benefited through the therapy.

"Since middle-aged persons and the elderly frequent parks, conducting the session here was the best choice," stated Meenakshi.

"We conducted the same class last year and we did it this year too upon request. Sirippanantha has consented to conduct a week-long session to teach us more moves and help others learn too," she said.

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