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No laughing matter as India yoga gigglers banned

MUMBAI--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 Tuesday.

“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 7 a.m. to sing, clap and indulge in “loud and vigorous spells of laughter.”

“They laugh at the top of their voices; every member encourages the others to laugh to their heart's content,” the complainant said.

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