LAUGHTER YOGA FOR BUSINESS

 

LAUGHTER YOGA FOR BUSINESS

 

Value Of Laughter Yoga As An Exercise for Business People

 
Business people are busy and they have no time to exercise which nowadays is the best method for dealing with tremendous amount stress they face in the work place.

Here is a good news – scientific studies show that 10 minutes of belly laughter is equal to 30 minutes on the rowing machine. It gives same cardiovascular exercise as any other aerobic exercise. Laughter Yoga is TIME effective and Cost Effective solution for busy people in business.

Lack of time is a major issue when it comes to exercising and also because most exercises are a lot of hard work, and tend to get boring and monotonous. As a result, people abandon the exercise programs. But Laughter Yoga offers a powerful exercise program with a difference. It is less time consuming, cost effective, scientifically proven and is a lot of fun.

With Laughter Yoga the business world stands to gain tremendously as work, and productivity can be enhanced to the maximum. Laughter sessions can have a profound impact on business performance, even making companies more profitable. Companies in different countries have reported a happier workplace, increased motivation, better communication, and increase in sales and creativity and better teamwork. It is the ultimate answer to business woes besides being the best exercise program to include in ones daily life for personal, social and health benefits everyone.
 

Laughter Yoga is different from other forms of exercise in these important ways
 

Fun Exercise: Most business people are busy and have little time to exercise. Moreover, exercise programs are strenuous and can get boring. Laughter  is fun and easy – no postures or skills to learn, no special Yoga clothes or equipment required. Since it is done in a group, it is easy to learn. Anyone can do it and become an expert from the first session.
 

Powerful Cardio Workout: It provides a fast and powerful no-sweat cardiovascular workout.  According to Dr. William Fry, 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes on the rowing machine. This means you can get the same benefits of cardio workout in 10 minutes what you get by jogging for 30 minutes.
 

Reduces Stress levels quickly: In the year 2006 the research study among IT professionals in Bangalore, India showed a decrease in stress hormones in saliva by practicing Laughter Yoga exercises. Blood pressure and pulse rate drops and circulation improves.
 

Improves Oxygen supply: Laughter Yoga Exercises flush stale air from the lungs and helps to fill the system with oxygen which makes us healthy and energetic.
 

Changes Mood: Laughter Yoga can change your mood within minutes by releasing Endorphins that act as mood enhancers and natural pain killers It lifts depression – even chronic depression may cured.

 
Increasing Attention Span in HR Trainings Human brain cannot concentrate for more than 90 minutes after which the attention span reduces. Even a 5-10 minute Laughter Yoga session can provide a great energy boost during long HR training sessions and conferences. It helps to increase the attention span, enhance learning skills, concentration powers and potential.

 
 

Improves Efficiency and Peaks Performance: Laughter Yoga study showed that laughter significantly improves work effectiveness and functionality of the staff. Another study conducted in the US also corroborates the efficacy of laughter. Both studies used unconditional laughter generated by Dr. Kataria’s techniques in Group Laughter sessions.
 

Richard Taylor is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader by Dr. Madan Kataria’s School of Laughter Yoga.

Richard Taylor is also a Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor by The American School Of Laughter Yoga.
 

 

CORPORATE BENEFITS

Laughter Yoga which initially started as a social club movement has now entered the business world, where it provides companies and organizations powerful operational benefits.

Companies around the world are starting to introduce Laughter Yoga and employers find that it can have a profound influence on their business even making their company more profitable. By introducing laughter sessions for all staff, companies have reported a happier workplace, increased efficiency, better communication, increase in sales and productivity, increased creativity and better teamwork, decrease in illness and absenteeism, and a reduction in employee turnover.
 

How Laughter Yoga Helps Improve Business and Performance:
 

Workplace Stress

While there are many tools available for stress management, Laughter Yoga is a unique system that helps to reduce physical, mental and emotional stress at the same time. It works simultaneously both on body and mind. A research conducted in December 2006, on 50 IT professionals in Bangalore, India found a significant reduction in stress levels as shown by reduction in cortisol levels in saliva.
 

Improved Efficiency
 
At a given time, the performance depends upon mood and Laughter Yoga has the power to change the mood state within minutes by releasing neuro-peptides from the brain cells called endorphins. Science tells us that the brain needs 25% more oxygen than other body organs. Laughter Yoga increases the net supply of oxygen which helps in optimal performance and boosts energy levels.
 

Team Building
 

“People who laugh together, work together”

John Cleese, a renowned British comedian, once said during his visit to Mumbai that Laughter is a great connector of people. It breaks all hierarchies and is a force for democracy. Laughter Yoga has the ability to change the work environment drastically by making people happy and cheerful, bringing positive mental attitude, hope and optimism in the workforce. It also increases communication skills to help in team building.

In this Video Dr Madan Kataria – the founder of Laughter Yoga leading a laughter yoga session with members
of Rambus,
an IT company in Bangalore India. It was a great team building exercise to bring people together as a team.
Take your work seriously but take yourself lightly
 

Leadership skills
 

A good leader is the one who has the ability to effectively get in touch with his emotions and understand those of the others. Laughter Yoga helps to connect with people in the workplace and bring an emotional balance. This is greatly helpful in achieving targets and accomplishing goals.
 

Innovation and Creativity
 
The most creative people in the world are children. The essence of Laughter Yoga system is to cultivate childlike playfulness. This playfulness stimulates the right brain activity which is the seat of creativity. This helps to generate new ideas and insights about workplace issues and problems.
 

Increasing Attention Span in HR Trainings
 

The human brain cannot concentrate for more than 90 minutes after which the attention span reduces. Even a 5-10 minute Laughter Yoga session can provide a great energy boost during long HR training sessions and conferences.

It helps to increase the attention span, enhance learning skills, concentration powers and potential.
 

Positive Work Environment
 

Job dissatisfaction and hostile work environment compel people to change jobs more frequently thus affecting productivity and profitability. Laughter Yoga creates positive energy and improves communication between people. The Bangalore study also confirmed the increase in positive emotions and decrease in negative emotions, thereby developing an emotional intelligence. This helps to create a more constructive work environment and ensures loyalty and commitment.
 

Motivation and communication
 

For people working in the front office and sales and marketing, Laughter Yoga helps to bring a smile on their face and generate good feelings within the body. This enhances their communication and motivational skills thus increasing their client base and customer satisfaction.
 

Health Benefits
 
The basic objective of every human being is to enjoy life, live in harmony with family and have lots of friends to connect with. But, one cannot enjoy life if one is sick. Laughter Yoga is a single exercise routine which brings physical, mental and social well being in a shortest period of time. People can feel the benefits from the very first session.
 
Ideal Exercise for Busy People
 
Dr. Kataria says that in his 30 years of experience in medicine, the two most common causes of ill health are wrong food habits and lack of exercise which leads to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and many stress related illnesses.

Business people are very busy and have no time to exercise. Dr. Williams Fry of Stanford University proved that 10 minutes of hearty laughter is equal to 30 minutes on the rowing machine. This is not in term of muscular movements but a cardio pulmonary endurance. The purpose of all aerobic exercises is to stimulate heart rate, increase blood circulation, supply oxygen and remove waste products. If you do laughter exercises for 10 minutes you don’t have to run for 30 minutes you will get same benefits.
 

 

INTRODUCTORY EXPERIENTIAL SEMINAR

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Duration: 60-90 Minutes

Target Audience: Managers, Executives, and staff at all levels

Group size: 20 – 120 members.

Most companies are interested in understanding and experiencing the new phenomenon of Laughter Yoga in Business. This 90 minute seminar will entail the following:

* History, concept and philosophy of Laughter Yoga.

* An audiovisual presentation about international Laughter Yoga clubs, scientific research on Laughter Yoga and news clips.

* Laughter Yoga Session followed by Laughter Meditation and Guided Relaxation.

* Corporate benefits of Laughter Yoga along with health benefits and how one can add more laughter in their personal life, business life and social life.
 
What Will People Carry Home
 

Laughter Yoga is not about theory; it is an experiential program and the participants will carry home the following:

• They will understand the value of laughter as an exercise and will experience enhanced energy levels from the very first session. It will keep them cheerful and fit right throughout the day. They will also learn to laugh without any reason and will be able to practice Laughter Yoga exercises anytime anywhere.

• They will learn how to change their mood state within minutes by doing these laughter exercises thereby bringing a change in their attitude towards others. This will also help them to cope with difficult and challenging situations with a positive frame of mind.

• Laughter Yoga exercises will help them to release negative emotions and bring about an emotional balance for better relationships with colleagues in the workplace and with family at home.

• After experiencing the benefits during the workshop they will get an insight on how to apply this wisdom of Laughter Yoga to bring more laughter and joy in their workplace.

STRESS MANAGEMENT USING LAUGHTER YOGA IN BUSINESS

Laughter Yoga For Stress Release

In this high pressure, high tension modern world stress levels are higher than ever before. Many people are facing an enormous amount of stress and burnouts in the workplace. Even highly talented and skilled people cannot perform well if they are emotionally imbalanced and stressed.

Broadly speaking there are three types of stress:

Physical stress: This results from working beyond one’s physical capacity. Working continuously without sufficient rest or recharge makes one physically tired and exhausted.

Mental stress: This stems largely from heavy workloads with tight deadlines, from fear of losing one’s job or pushing too hard to fulfill basic needs. Competing with others or competing with yourself to improve your performance also leads to mental stress.

Emotional stress: This is generally caused by bad relationships at home or at the workplace. Even highly talented and skilled employees cannot perform well if they are emotionally disturbed. Emotional problems at home reflect at work and vice versa.

Though there are many methods being used to reduce stress but Laughter Yoga is most cost effective, less time consuming and is a single exercise routine which reduces physical, mental and emotional stress simultaneously and brings an emotional balance. A research conducted in December 2006, on 50 IT professionals in Bangalore, India found a significant reduction in stress levels as shown by reduction in cortisol levels in saliva.

 
Stress Buster SessionDuration: 2-4 HoursTarget Audience: Highly stressed CEOs, senior managers and executives.Objective

  • To focus on different stressors in the workplace and how Laughter Yoga helps to
  • alleviate them
  • To reduce physical, mental and emotional stress
  • To release the negative affects of stress in the body and mind and improve personal and group responses
  • To provide training to prepare for stressful situations using ‘Laughter Boosting’ techniques

PEAK PERFORMANCE SEMINAR

Peak Performance

At a given time, the performance depends upon mood and Laughter Yoga has the power to change the mood state within minutes by releasing neuro-peptides from the brain cells called endorphins. One doesn’t have to depend upon the natural mood states to work. Laughter Yoga has the power to generate a happy and positive state of mind, which helps one to achieve maximum functionality. Science tells us that the brain needs 25% more oxygen than other body organs. Laughter Yoga increases the net supply of oxygen which helps in optimal performance and boosts energy levels. It also boosts self confidence and communication skills that enables one to peak performance at work.
 

 


 

 

Duration: 2-4 Hours

Target Audience: Highly stressed executives, senior managers, and CEOs

Group size: 20 – 50 members.

Objective:

  • Will focus on how to boost your energy on demand for peak performance
  • To change the state of mind and create a positive outlook to help increase efficiency levels and maximize performance
  • To help prepare for stressful situations like interviews, exams, public speaking and important project presentations

TEAM BUILDING SEMINAR

“People who laugh together, work together”

John Cleese, a renowned British comedian, once said during his visit to Mumbai that Laughter is a great connector of people. It breaks all hierarchies and is a force for democracy.

Laughter Yoga is a powerful tool that can give you a highly motivated and energetic workforce for maximum productivity and profitability. It also develops a positive mental attitude, hope and optimism and increases communication skills to help in team building. It provides better understanding of working in a group and promotes successful and valuable relationships in work environment. It helps to improve the way team members interact and their ability to solve problems, which means a better efficient work place. Good team work, besides increasing the efficiency, tends to boost the morale and improves communication, listening skills and trust. All this leads to enhanced synergy of contributions and high accomplishments.
 

Team Building Seminar
 

Duration: 3 hours

Target audience: Executives, managers and supervisors dealing with groups. General Work Force Is Also Good Candidates.

Objective:

  • Focuses on developing emotional intelligence through group laughter
  • To improve group dynamics and performance
  • To convert disparate groups (from different cultures and backgrounds) into a caring,
  • sharing and cooperative team

 

 

 

CASE STUDY

Laughter Yoga at Doctor’s clinic in Taiwan

Friday, 21 September 2012 11:21

Dr. Son-Kai Lin, Taiwan: He is a renowned medical doctor of department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Taiwan Landseed Hospital. Every Friday he himself leads a laughter yoga sessions with a group of patients in his waiting room ha ha . What kind of a doctor he is? Most doctors will not waste their precious OPD time to educate patients on the effectiveness of Laughter Yoga being a great tool for mental and physical well being. Dr.Lin was trained by Yuanto Chiang who was trained by John Chen the Laughter Yoga teacher from Taiwan.

Yuanto Chiang invited him to join his Laughter club which is very near his hospital and is run by Yuan-Tou and his wife on a daily basis. A few days later, Dr. Lin came to the club with his friend Dr. Chen, a Chinese medicine doctor. They felt great after doing the laughter session and Dr. Lin was wondering how he could help his patients to get the benefits of laughter like him.

One morning, just before his OPD began, he saw his patients waiting with unhappy faces feeling tired and miserable. All of a sudden, a crazy idea came to his mind of leading them through a laughter session. This worked wonders as his patients felt great after the exercises. Inspired and motivated by the changes he noticed in the patients, Dr. Lin soon started his own Laughter Club wanting to promote good health and help people find more joy and laughter in their lives.

See in the pictures, the lady in orange t-shirt, Ms.Chiu, who was very unhappy while suffering from serious stroke. Although she got good recovery with Dr.Lin’s kind care she still can’t laugh or even smile.But It made great change to her when she joined Dr.Lin’s laughter session for the first time . She finally found her laughter back. Now she is Dr.Lin’s co-leader in the club.

 

Laughter Yoga Helps Lawyers Destress

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:48

Here is an interesting article on Laughter Lawyers, an innovative concept, created by Jackie Curran, ex- lawyer and now one of Australia’s foremost leaders on laughter. She trains lawyers around the world to laugh and lighten up as the profession is extremely stressful.

Speaking at a recently held, ‘Laugh, Breathe, Relax’ workshop, in Sydney Jackie told attendees about how she left a high-stress career in the law to become a Laughter Yoga instructor. Laughter is a powerful tool for dissolving stress, which will improve the experience of being a lawyer, she said.

While Curran admitted that “laughter isn’t the answer to everything”, she believes lawyers can enjoy a happier working life through Laughter Yoga. “We can transform how we feel and how we deal with life,” she said. “Laughter is a way to switch off from work and clients … we take on a lot of responsibility and anything we can do to lift that off for a while is a good thing.”

Referring to her own experience of Laughter Yoga, she added that: “Laughter changed my emotional state … so that I found myself getting back to a place of happiness much faster than I used to when I was a serious lawyer.”

The workshop saw the female-dominated group engage in a number of laughing exercises, including speaking in gibberish. Curran suggested the nonsensical dialogue is “how we sound to clients when we’re giving legal advice”, which prompted an outburst of laughter.

“Laughter is a natural anti-depressant,” she said. “It also has physical benefits as it relaxes muscles, which can relieve pain.” Curran also pointed out that 100 laughs are the equivalent of a 10-minute workout on a rowing machine.

When asked whether more women attend her workshops than men, Curran said it depends on the forum. “Most of the time it’s more women but, interestingly, at sessions I’ve done at law conferences, men outnumbered women.”

Source:http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/news/lawyers-have-a-laugh

 

CONTACT:

Richard Taylor, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

5555 Glenridge Connector
Suite 200 (2nd Floor)
Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA

Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

 

 

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