TEDMED Live Talk by Dr. Madan Kataria

TEDMED Live Talk by Dr. Madan Kataria

Worth the time to view! -Richard Taylor

Published on Jun 13, 2013
Dr. Madan Kataria
Founder Laughter Yoga Movement
Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, India popularly known as the ‘Guru of Giggling’ (London Times), is the founder of Laughter Yoga Clubs movement started in 1995. While researching the benefits of laughter, he was amazed by the number of studies showing profound physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. He decided to find a way to deliver these benefits to his patients and other people. The result is Laughter Yoga, a unique exercise routine that combines group laughter exercises with yoga breathing which allows anyone to laugh without using jokes, humor or comedies. Started with just with just five people in a public park in Mumbai in 1995, it has grown into a worldwide movement of more than 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries.

Spreading rapidly in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, South East Asia, China and Africa, this new concept has been widely covered by prestigious publications like the TIME magazine, National Geographic, and the Wall Street Journal and featured on CNN, BBC, US networks and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Kataria is a keynote, motivational and inspirational speaker for companies, corporations and organizations all over the world. He has done seminars and workshops with UBS and Emirates Bank, IBM, Hewlett Packard, YPO (Young President Association), SAS and Emirates Airlines, Volvo Automobiles, Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Manpower and Social Welfare, Singapore Government, Western Australian Parliament, Dubai (UAE), HRD Congress Malaysia, the Dubai Wellbeing Show. It also includes Management Associations in Australia, Malaysia, Pakistan and India.

He is also a corporate consultant for holistic health, stress management, teambuilding, leadership, peak performance and communication skills to national and multinational corporations in India, USA, Canada, Europe, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore and Dubai.

A popular speaker, Dr. Kataria is featured frequently on television and radio worldwide and is associated with a number of research projects to measure the benefits of laughter. Recent studies in the USA and Bangalore, India using unconditional laughter have positively confirmed these benefits. This scientific confirmation of what has been observed in thousands of laughter groups marks a turning point in the acceptance of Laughter Yoga in business world and in schools, hospitals, old age centers and other areas.


LAUGHTER YOGA IS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT FOR HEALTH JOY AND WORLD PEACE

 

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

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Laughter Benefits Short Video

How Does Laughter Improve Health?


Health reporter Kiley Yarbrough explains the positive, physiological affects that laughter has on the body.
For more health tips and information visit http://www.DrBobShow.com.

Laughter Yoga Benefits

 

CONTACT
Director Richard Taylor BS, CLYL, CLWI
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
 
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Atlanta, Georgia 30342 USA
 
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Dementia & Alzheimer’s Patients Benefit From Laugher Yoga

How Laughter Yoga Changed Me And Others With Dementia & Alzheimer’s

(Personal Story)

Jody Ross, Minnesota

After meeting several physicians for years trying to find an answer to my longstanding problem of a debilitating mood disorder, chronic pain & fatigue, I stumbled into a new way of being with Laughter Yoga.  I laughed, breathed & clapped, and felt a joy that I could savor – for hours! I called my dear friend shouting, “Guess what? I feel great! I have to do this. Everyone should have a chance to feel this way!”
This friend had faithfully listened to me for years as I described not only my physical problems, but also my emotional challenges as well. In the past year, I had lost four family members, one of whom died by homicide. I was filled with sorrow. I cried every day. He thought I sounded a bit crazy, but he was all for anything that would make me feel and sound as alive and happy, as I did after my Laughter session.

I attended the Iowa School of Laughter for my Laughter Yoga Leader certification. There I discovered that crying is not the only way to release sorrow. Deep belly laughs are a nice alternative. I stopped crying and noticed some important physical changes. My pain was reduced by 90%. I had more energy. What’s more, I began sleeping restfully for the first time in years.

My own journey with physical and emotional pain has been a blessing in my work doing Laughter Yoga with persons with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. I know what it is like to want to participate in life to the fullest, but having limitations that make it impossible. In my first session at Lakeview Ranch in Darwin, Minnesota, an innovative facility for people who have Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, I expected some would laugh and others would simply hang out and enjoy the positive feelings. But in spite of low expectations, all of 15 residents or so laughed!

One of the residents had decided she would not laugh, but very quickly, the contagious laughter won her over. She has become an enthusiastic member of the group. Residents who began the class unable to clap their hands suddenly started clapping enthusiastically. They had forgotten how to raise their hands over their head, and then, suddenly, they could do it. Many residents seemed irritated. At the end of the session, they couldn’t stop smiling. I’m told their happy mood continued throughout the day. One asked, “When can we do that again?”

Not only are the residents blessed by Laughter Yoga, but also their families. Often, families feel as though their relatives are gone. They’re in body only. The daughter of a resident, who was unable to speak with an expression seemingly frozen in a scowl, connected with her father, and they shared something positive for the first time in a long time.

Of course, Laughter Yoga is a marvelous boost for the staff at a dementia care facility. Their work is hard and thankless. Often, they must assist residents who do not want their help, and will fight not to be helped. Laughter Yoga allows them to connect in a positive way. As one staff member said, “I usually go home and crash on the couch when I get home from work, but today I think I will go home and clean my house.” Instead of feeling drained, she felt renewed.

I am continually inspired and amazed by the incredible results I see each time I work with people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. They don’t remember my name or what Laughter Yoga is, but as soon as we start, they pick up right where we left off. They remember the emotional connection. In fact, their enthusiasm grows with each session.

I am very thankful for my life – all of it. Everything I have experienced thus far, has made my work with these people possible. I feel so blessed to have a new way to live, and a renewed sense of purpose with Laughter Yoga.

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About Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is a brain disorder of declining cognitive abilities. The likelihood of experiencing Dementia increases with advancing age. Alzheimer’s Disease is the major cause of dementia. The main symptoms are loss of memory, confusion, intellectual decline, depression and personality, disorientation and agitation. In advanced stages, the patient becomes incapable of performing even simple tasks of daily living. They become totally dependent upon others and need help round-the-clock.

Worldwide, with a new case every seven seconds, the number of Dementia patients is more than 24 millions worldwide. In India alone, 3.2 million people suffer from Dementia.

Laughter Yoga plays an important role in helping people suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is ideally suited for such people because they cannot comprehend humor, due to lack of cognitive abilities. Therefore, when laughter in Laughter Yoga is done in the form of an exercise, it brings about the same health benefits.

Laughter Yoga helps to increase the net supply of oxygen to the brain cells thereby improving the brain functions. Also, by releasing certain chemicals from the brain, it helps to elevate the mood states, and lift depression. We also incorporate physical exercises to improve bodily functions. Laughter Yoga has been very well received in senior care centers, and people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease have really benefited.

Dr. Madan Kataria

Source:

http://www.laughteryoga.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1926:how-laughter-yoga-changed-me-and-others-with-dementia-a-alzheimers-&catid=202:testimonials&Itemid=405

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In Atlanta, GA Laughter Yoga is facilitated by Richard Taylor, CLYL of Atlanta – Laughter – Yoga.

Please call Richard at 404-698-8355 for more information and how to get started.

CONTACT:

Director Richard Taylor BS, CLYL
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

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

Office Phone: 404-889-1923

Fax: 1-866-551-1253
Web: www.atlanta-laughter-yoga.com
E-mail: richardtaylor5555@gmail.com

Laughter Yoga Helps Depressed Elderly Women and Increases Life Satisfaction

Laughter Yoga is at least as effective as group exercise program in improvement of depression and life satisfaction of elderly depressed women.

RESEARCH ARTICLE:

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2010
International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry 2010

Objective:

The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of Kataria’s Laughter Yoga and group exercise therapy in decreasing depression and increasing life satisfaction in older adult women of a cultural community of Tehran, Iran.

Results:

Sixty subjects completed the study. The analysis revealed a significant difference in decrease in depression scores of both Laughter Yoga and exercise therapy group in comparison to the control group. The increase in life satisfaction of Laughter Yoga group showed significant difference in comparison with the control group.

Conclusion:

Laughter Yoga is at least as effective as group exercise program in improvement of depression and life satisfaction of elderly depressed women. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Research Study PDF   © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

WILEY Geriatric Medicine Publications


Comments:

Further studies should be conducted including men and larger populations.

 

Please contact Richard Taylor, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader if you would like to conduct such a study or another involving Laughter Yoga.

 

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

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

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

Give Thanks With Laughter, Family, Great Food and Loving Each Other And Life!

Give Thanks With Laughter, Family, Great Food and Loving Each Other And Life!

“I knew of no instruction manual for reaching a higher level of humanity
and a greater wisdom. But I felt intuitively that laughter was the beginning
of wisdom, as is was indispensable for survival.”

― Ingrid Betancourt, Even Silence Has an End:
My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

Rumi/The Guest House

This being human is a guesthouse
Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness
Some momentary awareness
Comes as an unexpected visitor

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture
Still treat each guest honorably
He may be cleaning you out
For some new delight!

The dark thought, the shame, the malice
Meet them at the door laughing
And invite them in
Be grateful for whoever comes
Because each has been sent
As a guide from the beyond

Thank you all for making life so much better. And for joining in the laughter that brings so much joy, health and peace into the world.

Keep laughing! -Richard

LAUGHTER YOGA ~ LAUGHTER WELLNESS THERAPY

Anyone can join a laughter yoga session and experience the results within 30 minutes.

Stress messes with our mind, with side effects that include depression, feelings of intense fear, psychological distress, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain sweating, nausea, dizziness, hyperventilation and sensations of choking or smothering.

Laughter is nature’s counter to stress, and hearty laughter has surprising positive results the on the body. Stress increases blood pressure and heart rate, laughter reduces both and dilates blood vessels for better circulation.

The feeling of health and energy from laughter yoga is often compared to the ‘runner’s high’. It keeps people coming back to laugh again and again.

Emotional balance: Laughter Yoga makes it easier to cope with life and its challenges. It puts us intensely in the moment. The ability to fully live and experience the “now” is of utmost importance because it is the only moment where we can experience happiness.

Catharsis: Laughter makes us feel good because it defuses the most painful emotions by releasing them through the painless mechanism of catharsis. That release, in turn, prevents or stops conflicts, eases tension, and helps people to see one another’s point of view better and heals all harbored hurt and resentment that can get detrimental to one’s emotional health. It invokes feelings of joyfulness and happiness. Laughter Yoga lifts the spirits and provides new insights.

Thanksgiving & Holiday Season Stress: Remember to laugh. Join a Laughter Class and learn to laugh in a way that has better effectiveness in the shortest time.


Consider a Laughter Class “POWER LAUGHTER” . – Richard Taylor

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CONTACT:

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Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor

ATLANTA – LAUGHTER – YOGA

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

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

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

 

LAUGHING MEDITATION WORKSHOP VIDEO – Stephanie Nash

Not a Dr. Kataria’s exact approach but long and instructional with great laughter track. – Richard

On January 7, 2012, during a Shinzen Young retreat, STEPHANIE NASH guided a Laughing Meditation Workshop. It was determined this would be a regular event at Shinzen Southern California retreats.

A year earlier was the first time she had led laughing meditation at Shinzen’s retreats, but this time Steph explained benefits, showed “warm-ups”, and spoke of strategies of allowing laughter to help decrease suffering and elevate fulfillment in our daily life.

Laughter affects the body that affects the emotions and mind. Ten Minutes or longer per day and your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual harmony will improve.

7:35 Slap Laughter – Warm Up
9:30+ Laughing Meditation

 

CONTACT IN ATLANTA:

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

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

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

Breathing Meditation To Let Go Of Longings or Attachments

 

Breathing Meditation – ‘Soooo-Hummmm’

 
 

Stay In Present To Let Go Of Past Longings or Attachments

 
Our mind has a habit of staying in the past, and remembers the glorious moments we had. ‘Sometimes our regrets.’  The past “good” and “bad”. We sometimes miss the wonderful things that happened. From frequent visits to the past, springs a desire for repeat actions, and one longs for more experiences in the future.
 

But, if we train our mind to stay in the present moment, and try to enjoy the best of it, we will not have any longings or attachments.
 

Exercise: In Laughter Yoga Retreats, we have ‘Soooo-Hummmm’, a kind of Breath Meditation – in Sanskrit it means: I am a part of the Universe. The microcosm and macrocosm are the same, and connected.

Focusing your awareness on the breath will keep you in the present moment, as both Breathing and Laughter, are activities which can only be performed in the present; you can’t breathe in the past or future.
 

How To Do Soooo-Hummmm Meditation

 
Step 1: Watch your in-breath and out-breath from beginning to end.

While inhaling, say Sooooooooooo (in your mind – non verbal) ………….

and while exhaling say Hummmm (also in your mind).

With complete attention on the breath, and the mind occupied on the mantra, you will notice your thought process will slow down significantly, and you will experience a calmness of the mind.

Step 2: Another important guideline about Soooo-Hummmm Meditation is that you should try and breathe as slowly and deeply as possible.
You should take about 4-6 breaths in a minute. (Normal breathing rate is 15 per minute). This will slow down the heart rate, and other physiological parameters.

Step 3: While bringing your awareness on the breath, imagine you are breathing into the entire body, not just into the lungs. Feel the air going to each and every cell of your body. And finally, with each breath, imagine your body is expanding into the Universe, to become one with the Universe. When you are completely engrossed in Breath Awareness, you will feel a sense of lightness, as if there is no body. There will also be very few thoughts in the mind.

Important: In the beginning, while focusing your awareness on the Breath, some thoughts will keep crossing your mind. This is okay, but do not get upset with these thoughts. Let them come. Your job is to keep bringing your awareness back to your Breath.
 

Excerpt From Dr. Kataria’s Diary: Used With Permission.
 

Come Join In Laughter For No Reason because Laughter Is The Best Medicine! – Richard

 

 

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

Office Phone: 404-889-1923
Fax: 1-866-551-1253

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

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