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When Lilias Folan first introduced yoga to mainstream America in 1972 on her popular PBS series, yoga was, well … just yoga. Go into any studio or health club today and you’ll see that “plain” yoga seems to have been replaced by exotic-sounding concoctions such as ashtanga, kundalini, Iyengar, bikram. There also are classes in restorative yoga, yoga flow, even Yogalates — a combination of yoga and Pilates.

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Developed in 1995 by Madan Kataria, M.D., a family practitioner from India, laughter yoga “is based on the scientific concept that your body can’t tell the difference between simulated and spontaneous laughter,” Kataria says.

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