Asian Heritage Month


Laughter (HASYA) Yoga

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 | 06:36 PM ET
Dr. Madan Kataria, creator of Laughter Yoga

Laughter (Hasya) Yoga

It all began with five people coming together and laughing in a Mumbai park which has over the past decade cascaded into a worldwide movement with more than 5,000 laughter clubs all over the world.

Laughter Yoga was conceived by Dr. Madan Kataria in Mumbai, India. What started as a research assignment in 1995 on the benefits of laughter has taken on a life of its own.

Laughter Yoga is an effective routine that brings complete physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. It instantly reduces stress by bringing more oxygen into the body, strengthening the immune system, fighting depression and creating a network of individuals who come together just to laugh.

The yoga in this therapy entails a series of breathing and easy movement exercises designed to teach the body to laugh without depending on jokes or humor. Dr. Kataria starts with the premise that the mind and body does not differentiate between laughing at something and laughing for no reason, so laughing for no reason is often the best medicine.

Drawing from India’s long array of yogic practice and with the help of his wife Madhuri, a yoga teacher, Laughter Yoga was invented. Laughing for no reason, is good for you.

There are laughter yoga clubs across Canada. Visit Laughter Yoga Canada for more information or contact:

Wendy Woods at 416.926.9450 or
Lynn Himmelmann at 416.469.2033 or

Digital Diversity: Generation DX2

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | 10:20 PM ET

RCI Digital Diversity Competition: Generation DX2

Last September, RCI viva invited high school students across Canada to express themselves on intercultural relations. To enter the Generation DX2 competition, students between 12 and 18 years old were asked to talk to us about their reality or to tell us a story about cultural differences through short film, audio work or photo story.

The jury selected 58 finalists' works: 49 in French (28 short films, 14 audio works, 7 photo stories) and 9 in English (5 short flims, 3 audio works, and 1 photo story).

View them all at DX2.

Montreal: “ÉCLATS NOCTURNES” | Shuni Tsou in studio with Homerun

Sunday, April 20, 2008 | 11:56 PM ET

“ÉCLATS NOCTURNES” A multi-disciplinary performance

Thursday, May 1 to Saturday, May 3 | 8 p.m.
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680, rue Jeanne Mance
Tickets: regular price $20,
reduced $18, student $15

Featuring Khosro Berahmandi - Paintings, Shahin Parhami - Video projections, Shuni Tsou - Chinese bamboo flute,
Nicolas Caloia - Bass, Ziya Tabassian - Percussion, Geneviève La - Dance.

Did you know that Montreal has the longest running Asian arts festival in Canada? It's called Festival Accès Asie and it runs May 1 to 24.

Flautist Shuni Tsou joined CBC Radio One's Homerun in studio to discuss her music and the festival. She also improvises on a traditional Taiwanese folk song. Watch audio (runs 7:06)