Founded by Dr. Kataria in India, Laughter Yoga has been proven to have many health and well-being benefits activating JOY and AMUSEMENT – forms of POSITIVITY.
Hi! I’m a qualified Laughter Yoga Leader. I attended a certified Laughter Yoga Workshop certified by Dr. Kataria and the Laughter Yoga University a few years ago and have had oodles of experiences in applying the techniques to my own life as well as in groups.
It’s a real serious profession being a Laughter Yoga Leader. You know how LAUGHTER IS CONTAGIOUS right? Well, the concepts and philosopy of laughter yoga is fast spreading throughout the world.
In these 60-MINUTE SESSIONS we start with practical warm-up exercises to get the Giggles rolling. We cover the history of Laughter Yoga, health and well-being benefits of laughter and increasing positivity, safety aspects, how to laugh for no reason, laughter boosting techniques, and even how to bring laughter into your daily life.
What is Laughter Yoga?
Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine, which combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing. Anyone can laugh without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is initially simulated as a physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting childlike playfulness. In most cases this soon leads to real and contagious laughter. Science has proved that the body cannot differentiate between simulated and real laughter. Laughter Yoga is the only technique that allows adults to achieve sustained hearty laughter without involving cognitive thought. It bypasses the intellectual systems that normally act as a brake on natural laughter.
Laughter Yoga sessions start with gentle warm-up techniques which include stretching, chanting, clapping and body movement. Breathing exercises are used to prepare the lungs for laughter, followed by a series of ‘laughter exercises’ that combine the method of acting and visualisation techniques with playfulness. These exercises, when combined with the strong social dynamics of group behavior, lead to prolong and hearty unconditional laughter. Scientifically it has been proved that twenty minutes of laughter is sufficient to develop full physiological benefits.
A Laughter Yoga session may finish with ‘laughter meditation’. This is a session of unstructured laughter whereby participants sit or lie down and allow natural laughter to flow from within us like a fountain. This is a powerful experience that often leads to a healthy emotional catharsis and also a feeling of release and joyfulness that can last for days.
Benefits for your Workplace
- Breaks down hierarchies.
- Reduces stress.
- Brings the whole team together
- Petty things dissipate.
- Reduce sick days.
- Increase resilience.
- Makes the workplace fun.
- Increase productivity.
Proven Health Benefits of Laughter Yoga
- Feel good hormones
- Boost your immune system.
- Increases circulation.
- Releasing suppressed or blocked emotions.
- Improves social connections.
- Releases tension headaches.
Laughter Benefits for Business
- Cost-effective and fast-acting.
- Reduces stress instantaneously – you feel the benefits from the very first session.
- Scientifically proven with measurable results.
- Easy to do – all abilities and ages can participate.
Here are some informational videos on the proven benefits of Laughter.
Laughter and Positivity releases muscle tension and relaxes the body – improving the immune system.
Young at Heart
Laughter and humour has long been considered helpful to the healing process and keeping one young at heart.
Laughter uplifts your moods and broadens the mind to being optimistic.
Within 2 minutes of a good belly laugh endorphins are released giving you that feel-good vibe – which also has pain-relieving abilities.
Everyone knows how easy it is to work with someone upbeat and positive.
Broadens the Mind
Activating positivity has been proven to broaden the mind to new ideas and possibilities. Laughter Yoga increases JOY and AMUSEMENT.
What Our Customers Are Saying
Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!
“Carmen equips her clients with wonderful tools to help them become more positive. She covers ways to recognize and acknowledge those negative thoughts and instead develop a more positive outlook. As a negative person, I can attest that these tools are helping me change my outlook. Yay!”Mary Lewis
“WOW!! I didn’t know there were so many different forms of positivity. As a business owner and leader, there are various aspects I will even share with my team. This course will help anyone who has dealt with negative self-talk and even negative people in their circle!! An OUTSTANDING course for anyone who wants to learn about authentically being positive and the affect it can have your life to include personal relationship, health and even your job.”Taffy Wagner
“The thing about Carmen…her energy, just being around her, improves you… the energy makes you feel better and helps you see in perspective.”Emanuelle, Entrepreneur, Australia
Wyld Woman Coaching Laughter Yoga Video
A sample of Laughter Yoga at TEDX
LAUGHTER YOGA RESEARCH
Here’s some links to LAUGHTER YOGA ARTICLES:
Laughter Yoga Benefits in Melbourne. Laughter Yoga Australia collaborated with Deakin University to measure the effect of Laughter Yoga on patients during dialysis treatment for kidney disease in Melbourne, Australia. The sessions were 30-minutes incorporating breathing, relaxation techniques and induced laughter, 3 times a week over 4 weeks. The benefits: decreased intradialytic hypotension, improved mood, enhanced optimism, less stress.
Laughter research has proven to reduce negative emotions like anxiety, stress and depression (Houston, McKee, Carroll & Marsh 1998; Mora-Ripoll 2010; Papousek & Schulter 2008; Shahidi et al. 2011). Kuiper & Martin (1998) reported that frequent laughter experienced less negative affect during stress. Laughter was also proven to reduce depressive symptoms and increase sleep quality in elderly people (Ko & Youn, 2011). Furthermore, laughter has been proven to increase positive emotions (Mannell & McMahon 1982) and increased happier feelings albeit the low mood beforehand.
There has been long recognition that an optimistic
mind and exhilarated spirit accompany a healthy body.
King Solomon suggested that “a merry heart doeth good
like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22), and every student of
health psychology has heard the story of how journalist
Norman Cousins (1979) attributed his recovery from ankylosing
spondylitis, a potentially life-threatening collagen
disease, to his active use of laughter. Cousins believed that
ten minutes of laughing provided him with two hours of
pain-free sleep and that inflammation in the affected tissues
was reduced after these laughing sessions.
(Salovey, Rothman, Detweiler, Steward 2000)
- Levels of the stress hormone cortisol were measurably down.
- Heart rate lowered.
- Blood pressure dropped significantly.
- Reduced depressive symptoms.
- Increase sleep quality
- Decrease stress, anxiety and depression.
Laughter Yoga Workplace Benefits
Losada & Heaphy (2004) research demonstrates that when a team experiences more positivity they are higher performers with increased innovation and creativity. Positivity increases social interaction and brings people closer together. Furthermore, in Barbara Frederickson’s book Positivity she mentions a myriad of research that proves the overall benefits of activating positivity. Employees are happier and more engaged at work but it also broadens their mind and builds resources, grows resilience, increases productivity and innovation and increases their health and wellbeing. Employees and staff greatly benefit from positivity, and the customers also reap the rewards with an uplifting experience with each connection and transaction with the business.
How Positivity Improves Workplaces
Laughter Yoga is an easy way to uplift the positivity vibes in a workplace. When a culture of positivity becomes the norm people feel more comfortable and satisfied to be themselves at work, and they feel valued and appreciated. They confidently use their strengths to the business advantage, operate from a sense of empowerment and eagerly arrive at work which is now a friendly, familiar, positive environment where they feel welcome and valued.
Positivity is much more than just a good vibe. Yes, employees are happier and more engaged at work but it also broadens their mind and builds resources, grows resilience, increases productivity and innovation and increases their health and well-being. Employees and staff greatly benefit from positivity, but the customers also reap the rewards with an uplifting experience with each connection and transaction with the business.
Positivity livens up the place and has been proven to enhance success and financial growth, improve internal communication and social interactions. It’s amazing to hear how many businesses launch into new products successfully when working closely with a positivity culture. A positivity culture is one of the most important drivers of your business that must be set and cultivated by everyone from the head honcho down in order to sustain success.
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