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No laughing matter, India clamps down on yoga gigglers
不是鬧著玩的—印度大笑瑜伽遭制止

Filipinos laugh during a laughing yoga session at a park in Manila, Philippines on June 21.
菲律賓民眾六月二十一日在菲律賓馬尼拉的一座公園內,於大笑瑜珈課堂上大笑。

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照片:歐新社

They are designed to reduce stress and improve well-being, but one laughing yoga club in Mumbai has been ordered to stop its early morning giggling sessions after complaints from grumpy neighbors.

The Bombay High Court told police to clamp down on the laughing yoga group after a 78-year-old resident complained it caused “mental agony, pain and public nuisance”, the DNA newspaper reported on June 19.

“It is not proper to gather outside somebody’s house and laugh,” judges said while hearing the public interest lawsuit filed by Vinayak Shirsat from the Kurla suburb of Mumbai. According to Shirsat’s petition, 10 to 15 members of the group gather at 7am to sing, clap and indulge in “loud and vigorous spells of laughter.”

Laughing yoga was made popular as an exercise routine by Indian physician Madan Kataria in Mumbai in 1995, based on the principle that laughter has physiological benefits.

Laughter clubs, at which members burst into infectious giggles, have since caught on in many cities in India and abroad.The court on June 18 gave police a week to inform judges how they planned to restrain the club from causing problems.

(Liberty Times)

大笑瑜伽的原意是要減輕壓力並提高福祉,但一家位於孟買的瑜伽俱樂部,遭到脾氣暴躁的鄰居投訴,被要求停止晨間的咯咯笑課程。

《DNA日報》六月十九日報導,一名七十八歲的居民抱怨大笑瑜伽造成他「精神上極大的痛苦、煩惱,與公害」後,孟買高等法院要警察取締大笑瑜伽俱樂部。

來自孟買克拉郊區的維納亞‧瑟沙特提出公共利益訴訟,法官審訊時表示:「聚集在別人家外面然後大笑並不適當。」根據瑟沙特的訴狀,早上七點時,該團體有十至十五名會員,齊聚唱歌、拍手,並放縱地發出「大聲且精力充沛的笑聲」。

在印度醫師馬丹‧卡塔利亞的推廣下,大笑瑜伽一九九五年在孟買成為廣受歡迎的運動,這項運動根據的原則是,大笑可帶來心理層面的益處。

大笑俱樂部的會員會如互相傳染般大笑,自此在印度與國外許多城市相當流行。法院於六月十八日決定給警察一週時間,來告訴法官他們將如何約束該俱樂部,不惹出麻煩。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳維真)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. clamp down v. phr.

取締;壓制 (qu3 di4; ya1 zhi4)

例: The authorities have also clamped down on public demonstrations.

(當局也壓制公開的示威活動。)

2. agony n.

痛苦 (tong4 ku3)

例: He crashed to the ground in agony.

(他在極大的痛苦中跌坐在地。)

3. catch on v. phr.

變得流行 (bian4 de2 liu2 xing2)

例: The idea of linking pay to performance has caught on.

(依績效敘薪的概念最近很流行。)


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